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Broken Planet

If There's a God, Then Why Are There Natural Disasters and Diseases?

by Sharon Dirckx

Trying to reconcile the existence of natural disasters with the existence of God can quickly turn challenging. In Broken Planet, Dr Sharon Dirckx offers clear ways to understand the world and its creator.

  • For anyone feeling their faith shaken by natural disasters

  • Broken Planet tackles these issues with insight and sensitivity

  • You'll learn how to reconcile natural disasters with a loving creator

  • Author

    Sharon Dirckx

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  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    February 2023

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In Broken Planet, Dr Sharon Dirckx, scientist and apologist, offers a measured and thoughtful case for how there could be a God of love that allows natural disasters.

The question of suffering is one of the greatest hurdles to Christian faith. When believers respond to the question of why there is suffering in the world, they often turn to the free-will defence. This states that humans make choices for good or ill that can bring about suffering in the lives of others. However, that doesn't explain why children die of cancer, or why the latest earthquakes, tsunamis or pandemics have been so destructive. These seem to happen not because of our choices, but in spite of them. So how do we make sense of these events?

Dr. Sharon Dirckx blends argument, science and first-person narrative in this unique book, weaving answers to real questions with compassion and empathy, while also acknowledging the element of mystery we will always live with while on earth.

Dr Dirckx addresses topics such as:

  • If God exists, why would he make a world with earthquakes and tsunamis?
  • Why is there so much suffering in a natural disaster?
  • Are natural disasters God's judgement?
  • Is my illness a punishment from God?
  • What kind of God would allow natural disasters and diseases?

If you have ever struggled to reconcile the idea of a loving God with all the pain in our world, this book will encourage you that belief in such a God is not as unreasonable as it may seem. In fact, it may be where God is revealed most profoundly.

Dr Sharon Dirckx is a freelance speaker, author and an adjunct lecturer at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.. Originally from a scientific background, she has a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK and the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts across the UK, including BBC Songs of Praise, Unbelievable, BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding and BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief. She is also the author of Why?: Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering.


  • Author

    Sharon Dirckx

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    February 2023

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    138 x 216 x 15 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Sharon Dirckx

  • ISBN: 9781789740929

  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Release Date: February 2023

  • Weight: 666g

  • Dimensions: 138 x 216 x 15 mm

  • Eden Code: 5655201

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