Eric MacDonald, here:
“The problem of evil and pain is, it seems to me, decisive. There is, doubtless, much that is beautiful about life, but I have not met one person who has sufferred greatly who has thought of life as unproblematically beautiful. And some evils are so horrendous that belief in a benevolent god becomes a moral impossibility.”
I know of no Christian who argues that life is unproblematically beautiful, so that’s a straw man. With respect to the arrogant universal claim of “moral impossibility,” one need only offer up Dietrich Bonhoeffer.