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In Broken Planet, Dr. Sharon Dirckx tackles the natural problem of evil, and why God allows natural suffering, with credibility and compassion

About the Author

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.

Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and children.


'Natural evil is one of the toughest questions that Christians grapple with. Sharon has combined real-life accounts with insightful theological reflections to create a book that will help anyone looking for answers. Most importantly, Sharon explains why, despite the suffering and evil we face, Christians can offer the redemptive hope of Christ to a broken world. Thoroughly recommended.'
*Justin Brierley, host and author of Unbelievable?*

'Broken Planet is a book that speaks deeply to the question, "If there is a good God, why is the created world riddled with natural disasters which wreak havoc and devastation?" In this honest and profound exploration, Broken Planet addresses the pain that can be associated with this question, while opening up fresh and meaningful avenues for thought and consideration. Amongst these perspectives are moving and inspiring accounts of humanity's longing for justice, restoration, hope and a willingness to sacrifice for others, which provoke one to consider the power and presence of goodness within a broken planet. Sharon has provided a helpful and impressive response to a difficult question.'
*Lara Buchanan, Speaker, OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics*

'Broken Planet is an honest, insightful and much-needed book. Dr Dirckx does not shy away from the intellectual and emotional challenge of natural disasters. As a scientist, she brings a unique perspective to the difficult question of how a loving God could allow earthquakes, forest fires, viruses, tsunamis and other kinds of natural forces that often cause such pain and devastation. This is my new go-to book on the natural problem of evil.'
*Sean McDowell, Professor at Biola University and the author or co-author of more than twenty books, including Evidence that Demands a Verdict*

'If you've ever thought that belief in God cannot be squared with the existence of a natural world that teems with viruses, parasites, earthquakes, tsunami and a host of other horrible ways to kill us, then this compelling, informative and lucidly argued book will make you think again.'
*Professor Nick Megoran, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK, and author of Big Questions in an Age of Global Crises*

'I don't recommend this book for bedtime reading, for it raises profound and disturbing questions. But therein lies its greatest value. Sharon Dirckx offers no easy answers. In fact, she makes clear that we will never fully understand natural disasters this side of eternity. But her book compelled me to examine my shallow assumptions and dig down to bedrock truths about God, our broken world and our ultimate hope.'
*Glenn Oeland, Senior Editor, National Geographic*

'How can there be a good God when there are hurricanes, tsunami and starvation? This question is often overlooked in conversations around the problem of evil. Rather than shying away from disaster, disease and death, Sharon Dirckx demonstrates that Christianity has the resources to face these issues - as well as to give us hope in the midst of them.'
*Lee Strobel, New York Times bestselling author and founding director, Lee Strobel Center, Colorado Christian University, USA*

'The occurrence of disasters and all the associated grief and suffering that they cause poses a major problem for both religious and secular people. In a series of thoughtful chapters, Sharon Dirckx discusses how we might approach this problem, finally landing on a Christian perspective of hope even in the midst of perplexity. The chapters are interspersed with moving personal reflections from both survivors and aid workers that keep the discussion grounded; they brought tears to my eyes.'
*Bob White, FRS, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, University of Cambridge, UK*

'Using stories, science, Scripture and philosophy, Sharon helps us to think through the problem of suffering caused by natural disasters. This moving book is honest, and yet it is grounded in the hope of the Christian message.'
*Clare Williams, founder of Get Real Apologetics*

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