My friend Martin has commented on my “brief homily” about my insistence that the God of the Bible is a real being. In his post, Claude Strikes Back, he wrote: “To me, the whole god thing is just an unnecessary hypothesis pruned long ago from rational discourse by razor-wielding Ockham.”
Then, he introduced an issue that all those who deny God like to emphasize. Martin wrote: “Claude, however, offers no explanation for his deity's self-imposed limitations regarding famine, pestilence, hurricanes, tsunamis and other causes of human suffering that have nothing to do with free will.”
But I have! I expressed my views on the problem of evil at the time Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. Explaining natural disasters and other causes of human suffering is difficult and there is no easy answer to the problem.
In dealing with the issue of theodicy, people either blame God or human beings for the cause of evil. There are many other proposed solutions to the problem of evil, but no one can agree on an answer that satisfies all objections.
Those who desire to know my views on this issue can read my three blogs on Hurricane Katrina, especially part 2 and 3. I am sure that Martin will not agree with what he reads.
To read “God and Hurricane Katrina - Part 1,” click here.
To read “God and Hurricane Katrina - Part 2,” click here.
To read “God and Hurricane Katrina - Part 3,” click here.
I definitely agree with Martin in denying “all rumors that the whole thing is just a scheme we dreamed up with the aim of attracting enough attention for both of us to beat the evil archaeo-astronomical genius Alun Salt on Technorati's list.” However, I welcome readers from Europe who have visited my blog because of Martin.
Claude F. Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary