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Suffering

  • Why are we talking about suffering?
  • Why do bad things happen?
  • Why would a good God let people suffer?
  • Are natural events like earthquakes, volcanoes and floods always bad?
  • Scientists
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  • Activities
  • Why are we talking about suffering?

    Suffering is a big word which means going through difficult things.

    When we learn about the world around us, we learn about all sorts of amazing things, from wonderful creatures, to how to help poorly people get better. But we also learn about things that are sad and hard. We might learn about nasty things that make us poorly, or dangerous things like big storms. So when we learn about science we might want to ask questions about the hard, bad and scary things that can happen in life.

    Sometimes these hard things might even be things that have happened to us or the people we love. That’s really sad, and we might not always want to talk about these hard things.

    But sometimes asking our questions about these hard things can help us to understand more about the things that have happened to us and even help us to keep people safe and happy in the future. That’s why we want to talk about suffering.

    We’ll be adding more big questions on this topic, so keep checking this page!

  • Why do bad things happen?

    We’ll be adding more big questions on this topic, so keep checking this page!

  • Why would a good God let people suffer?

    We’ll be adding more big questions on this topic, so keep checking this page!

  • Are natural events like earthquakes, volcanoes and floods always bad?

    We’ll be adding more big questions on this topic, so keep checking this page!

  • Bob White

    Professor Bob White is a geophysicist and a Christian.

    Gillian Straine

    Revd Dr Gillian Straine is a physicist, theologian and a Christian.

    John Wyatt

    Professor John Wyatt is a medical doctor, professor of medicine and ethics and a Christian.

    Roger Abbott

    Revd Dr Roger Abbott is a theologian a scientific researcher and a Christian.

    Roger Bretherton

    Dr Roger Bretherton is a psychologist and a Christian.

    Tom Ingleby

    Dr Tom Ingleby is a Geophysicist and a Christian

  • More Questions?

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