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Theodicy and God

March 29, 2012

If the Abrahamic God is real, then He cares more about the rapist’s freedom to rape, and the murderer’s freedom to murder, than He cares about the lives of their victims.

The problem of evil is a very old, and very real problem, which rejects any pat answers. Especially, when pursued to their logical conclusion.

When people give pat, uniformed, poorly thought through answers they can turn God into a cosmic rogue who is either orchestrating evil or stands idly by while great evil occurs everyday.

Theodicy refuses pat answers. Pat answers simply do not account for the totality of human experience. “God did it” or “The Lord works in mysterious ways…” might seem comforting when things are going OK, or you simply don’t understand how something might be happening, but intellectually, “I don’t understand, therefore, God” or “Who are we to question…” is very poor thinking.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 8:46 am

    To whatever extent I’ve pondered this problem, I always end up in the same place–I don’t know.

  2. taps4theworld permalink
    March 29, 2012 11:01 am

    sigh…theodicy. Good post Scott , I agree that the world is no less complex & ambiguous and messed up as it was in the past.

  3. March 29, 2012 7:02 pm

    Is there any reason God needs to be omnipotent besides the philosophical attractions of making God so big he’s undetectable? The ancients, who invented gods in the first place, had no trouble seeing them as beings with limited abilities. That goes for Yahweh too.

    • 4xi0m permalink
      March 29, 2012 7:35 pm

      Near as I can tell, God becomes less relevant to the big questions the more his abilities are limited. Put him in the same boat we’re in, and we’re back where we started, with everyone wondering what it’s all about.

      Not that I have any of this figured out, but if I had to pick an approach to theodicy, I like Origen’s the best. Not too surprising, of course–who doesn’t like a happy ending?

  4. March 30, 2012 11:42 pm

    Dumb and dumbererer post

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