a theodicy of hope

Instead of attempting to use logic and reason to deduce a way to establish a valid justification for God (‘theos’) being just (‘dikaios’) in the light of suffering and evil, it may be more simple… The following statement of Jesus in John 16:33 is key: “In this world you will have trouble; but take heart,… Continue reading a theodicy of hope

tsunamis and life building

In a reflection that is most certainly to be categorised firmly on the side of what is understandably seen as the impersonal, cold, logic-chopping philosophical problem of evil (rather than more humane existential or pastoral problem of evil), it occurs to me that the feeling of unjustness we almost universally feel when, say, a massive tsunami wipes… Continue reading tsunamis and life building

good creator

The world is a dance in which good, descending from God, is disturbed by evil arising from the creatures, and the resulting conflict is resolved by God’s own assumption of the suffering nature which evil produces.  C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 72 Evil as the absence of Good is a suitable description, but better… Continue reading good creator

life: mess included

One of my favourite Proverbs is 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the stall is clean, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.  In order to have a harvest, you’ll have to put up with a fair whack of crap!  I was thinking of this in relation to the problem of evil.… Continue reading life: mess included

diverse goal

…or evolutionary teleology – here – worth reading (post & comments). This relates to the so-called ‘problem’ that if God used evolution to create (only!?) humans, then all of the extinct species were ‘wasted’.  How anthropocentric!  What was God doing, we are asked, for the over-whelming majority of the universe’s supposed 13+ billion years? The… Continue reading diverse goal

pain bears a message

This post over at ‘Just Thomism‘ is short, sweet and very thought-provoking. I’m thankful for pain. Not generally at the moment I experience it, but when I think about it, yes I’m glad (for example) that my body tells me when I’m burning my hand on the stove-top. It’s a painful message that my body… Continue reading pain bears a message

craig cooke debate: impressions

With expectations low (but not low enough to keep us away!), Damian and I headed to the debate  (link to series here) tonight between William Lane Craig and Bill Cooke. I think we both left having heard little or nothing we hadn’t heard before, but nonetheless having enjoyed watching it all unfold. What follows is… Continue reading craig cooke debate: impressions

the groaning language of prayer

The other day, a friend of mine at Carey college was sharing with me and a few others how grieved he’d been lately (due to various tragic things happening to people close to him). He mentioned lying in bed and trying to pray, not knowing what to say, and eventually just offering an extended, rumbling,… Continue reading the groaning language of prayer

a gentler universe?

Consolmagno has done it again… Yet another poignant and wise article, helpfully navigating the intersection of faith and science… Here’s a sampler: …there’s the world of nature, the world I study as a scientist, nice and neat and well described by some beautiful equations, elegant in their simplicity. And there’s the world of human beings,… Continue reading a gentler universe?