The ‘Why?’ Series - A day exploring the question of God and suffering
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.
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 so more CHANGE TO 'far more so' can God be the loving creator.
Open Q&A Panel with Michael Ramsden and the Team
(includes refreshments but not lunch)
Standard ticket - £17.50
Concession - £10.00 (Student or unwaged)
Contact us for further information.
St Mary’s Church (Bryanston Square), Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ
Getting to the venue by tube/train:
From Marylebone station take the station exit onto Harewood Row. Turn right out of the station and continue until you meet Harewood Avenue, where you will see a Travel Lodge in front of you. Turn left and continue down Harewood Avenue, cross over the Marylebone Road and then carry on down Enford Street. When you meet York Street you will see St Mary’s in front of you.
From Baker Street tube station exit onto the Marylebone Road and turn right (or if you exit via Baker Street turn left and then right when you get to Marylebone Road). Continue straight down the Marylebone Road – you will need to cross over at some point – and turn left when you reach Enford Street. Go down Enford Street and when you meet York Street you will see St Mary’s in front of you.
For full details on all public transport please visit the Transport For London website - http://www.tfl.gov.uk - and if you put the church postcode into Google maps then you can double check how to get there!
If you are getting to the event by car then please be aware there is no parking available at the venue. There are several NCP and Q-Park car parks nearby, please go to the following websites for more details: http://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park or http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/city/london. The rough cost to park for the day is £35-£40.
St Mary’s Church is accessible by wheelchair and by those with restricted mobility. There is a lift to access the ground floor, where the toilets, refreshments and bookstall are.
What to bring:
We advise that you bring something to write with and something to write on, note taking is encouraged! We will also have an extensive bookstall where purchases can be made with cash, cheque or card payments.
Lunch and refreshments:
Lunch is NOT included. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat this in the church during the lunch break, or alternatively there are plenty of cafes and sandwich shops within a 5-10 minute walk of St Mary’s if you would prefer to go out and buy something. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided throughout the day and are included in the cost of your ticket.
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