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Does God Need Glasses? Evil and Genesis by Richard Mure Exelby explores the proverbial question of evil, a question as old as humanity, and it does so from a completely unique angle. The author explains how he came about formulating the thoughts expressed in this book and how the revelation hit him while studying the book of Genesis. The baffling enigma is how God can look at our world, filled with pain and despair and evil, and say “It is good.” The author defines the purpose of the book from the outset when he writes: "The problem of Evil is supposed to be unanswerable. This book is a summary of what I saw, and the implications of the answer I found there." Thus said, he takes readers on a thought-provoking journey and offers a fresh, somewhat exciting interpretation of the symbolic language we encounter in Genesis.
What is the real meaning of the forbidden fruit? How concerned and implicated is God in human history? What is God’s idea of perfection? Is there a more hidden reason behind what appears to human eyes as natural and normal? Such are questions for which this book provides answers and reflections. Richard Mure Exelby’s work will have a strong appeal to fans of biblical exegesis, philosophers, and theologians as well as readers who are curious about the truth. In this slim book, readers will find powerful ideas to reflect upon and new angles to consider the reality of evil. The book is well researched and the author provides end notes and references that point readers to other resources. Does God Need Glasses? Evil and Genesis had me thinking about spiritual realities that have become part of our existence. You’ll find powerful insights on the concept of evil and other themes and develop a new way of seeing God.