The ‘Why?’ Series is a new Zacharias Trust event happening annually looking at a key ‘Why?’ question. This year, our team will explore the question of God and suffering from multiple angles, giving a reason for hope in Jesus Christ that engages both personally and meaningfully with a suffering world.
One of the greatest objections to the existence of the Christian God is the presence of suffering and evil in the world. The question of why a loving God would allow so much suffering is common to all of us. Whether we experience what Os Guinness describes as the ‘lash’ of evil against us, or the impact of sickness or the effects of a natural disaster, the question of suffering demands an answer.
DATE: Saturday 7th May 2016
VENUE: St Mary’s Church Bryanston Square, Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ
TIME: 9.15am – 4.30pm
COST: £17.50 per person (£10.00 for students and unwaged)
Introduction with Michael Ramsden
Sharon Dirckx – Suffering and Natural Disasters
Why are there earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions? Why is there so much illness? Sharon Dirckx will focus on how we make sense of the suffering caused by natural disasters and diseases.
Amy Orr-Ewing – Suffering and Free Will
Is it possible to understand suffering in the light of a loving God? Amy Orr-Ewing will explore how the human will is a factor in our suffering and how the Christian faith is realistic about the pain of human existence – our sorrow, disappointments, violations and pain.
Nabeel Qureshi – Suffering and Jesus
The Christian faith requires you to take up your cross and follow Jesus and can sometimes mean losing friends, dividing families, or life as you know it to walk in the path of God. Nabeel Qureshi will share how Jesus and his lived example provides a unique answer to our suffering.
Vince Vitale – Suffering and the Love of God
Vince Vitale will discuss a new response to the problem of evil. He will suggest that if human parents can be loving despite bringing children into a world of suffering and pain like ours, then far more so can God be the loving creator.
Open Q&A Panel with Michael Ramsden and the Team