“Does God have a responsibility to stop earthquakes and tidal waves? The story of Jesus raises much subtler questions.” — N.T. Wright on the tsunami catastrophe (link via willzhead)
People today assume that a “religious” view of life must address “the problem of evil”, the toughest part of which is so-called “natural evil”.
Bah. Natural disasters and other natural evil falls easily under the catch-all of the “fall of man”. The tougher question is how a perfect, omniscient, benevolent (etc.) God made a man that could (and did) succumb to evil.
Hey Rachel, I had no idea you ever came through here. Welcome!
It’s funny, but I think I have a harder time dealing with natural evil (though I agree with your explanation), while the question of free will doesn’t bother me at all. What about other people… what’s your take?
But the ultimate “bah” on the problem of evil comes in what N.T. Wright says: basically, aren’t we asking the wrong question? (Which begs the further question, “What is a better question to ask?”)
…Anyway, enough theologizing, see you at Noelle’s party! 🙂