'Wise, informed and immensely thoughtful'
'One of the most cogent writers of our day'
'Deep theological knowledge and spiritual discernment'
A stunning challenge to the casual atheism of our age
His arguments are powerful
The book succeeds in presenting a reasoned case for holding fast to the reality of God, as Christianity understands it, and not shirking from the troubling existence of suffering.
Rupert Shortt is clear and incisive in this new work of theodicy
intelligent and lucid
a profoundly helpful book
Unlike most participants in this lively debate, Rupert Shortt hasn't decided the answer before asking the question . . . After all, evil and suffering are not a problem to be fixed but a mystery to be entered.
Shortt has an admirable gift for making the obscure lucid, for chasing away confusions, and for saying a great deal in a small space without sacrifice of substance or profundity
Rupert Shortt gets to grips with this philosophical, theological, pastoral and human conundrum incisively but sensitively
The Hardest Problem contains hard thought, emotional honesty and keen awareness of the issues.
This is an immensely attractive exposition of Christian faith, accessible to a wide readership, and ideal for discussion groups on these topics.