Problem of Evil

“Catholic Central: The Problem of Evil” asks the big question: Why do bad things happen to good people, like floods, fires, illness and falling anvils? We tackle the role of free will in in the things that go wrong for us, along with the larger meaning of suffering, and how suffering affects, and can strengthen, our bonds with each other and God.
Episode 3 · November 8, 2017 ·

Diving Deeper

  1. The Problem of Evil is not just a challenge for Christians – it is hard for all of humanity. How do people answer the question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Where do you look for answers for this difficult question?
  2. When is a time that you have experienced new life as the result of suffering? A core belief of Catholicism is that through the crosses in our lives, we experience the joys of the Resurrection. Where have you seen this?
  3. Kai and Libby said that, “Our Catholic worldview puts life on earth in a larger context.” What does this mean to you? How would you define your “worldview”? Catholics would say that placing hope in Christ and what He reveals about humanity changes how suffering is viewed. How would this affect someone’s worldview?


The news is full of stories of misfortune, suffering and tragedy. Find a news story about a community undergoing struggle. How is the community responding? How do individuals and groups respond to the event? Are there signs of people growing closer?
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