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The Problem of Pain

by C.S. Lewis
159 pages, Religion
Reviewed by Dana Skywalker

An insightful look at suffering with some complex, theological issues.


In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis attempts to tackle the weighty issue of suffering. Why does a loving and sovereign God allow His creatures to undergo pain? Lewis examines the nature of God, the Fall of Man, and the causes and consequences of human suffering.


The morality is excellent and rooted in Scripture. Lewis discusses good and evil, illustrating how both ultimately work under God's sovereignty for His glory.

Spiritual Content

The content of the book is spiritual in nature. Lewis looks at the issue of suffering from a Christian perspective.

In the Preface, Lewis makes it clear that he wrote this book to "solve the intellectual problem raised by suffering," and boldly admits he is no example of a man who bears pain in an exemplary manner. However, his key points are insightful and biblically based.



Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

There is a brief mention of lust and its gratification, but Lewis clearly illustrates that it is a deadly vice. Nothing is graphic.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



Written in similar style to Lewis' other faith-based works, readers of his other writings should enjoy the insight he provides in The Problem of Pain and his boldness in tackling the suffering issue. Keeping in mind that Lewis was not a theologian, his sharp mind and logic continue to bring to light a number of critical points in his thoughts on God and man within this book.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: adult

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