r09 – Problem of Pain
April 17, 2012
Do you have a problem with pain? You might say C.S. Lewis had such a problem with it that he wrote a book about it!
No one really enjoys suffering. Whenever possible you try to avoid it. What if someone asked you, as was the case with Lewis, to write on the subject? He felt, at first, that if he really said what he thought about pain he’d prefer to write it anonymously.
When the book, The Problem of Pain, came out in 1940, it was Lewis’ debut in non-fiction on a Christian topic. The aim of the book, which did name him as the author, wasn’t on how to cope with pain, but rather to deal with “the intellectual problem” created by it. We also learn of how when Lewis was an atheist he overcame the question of how a good God allows suffering.
- Article by Jacek Bacz that summaries The Problem of Pain
- Another summary from ChristianAlert site
- Study guide from Susan’s Book Club (PDF)