Theodicy

I'll probably talk about this more in the future when I can come up with something more eloquant, but below is my response to recent postings on PB's blog about the topic:

I’ve wrestled with theodicy a lot-and I’m sure that I’m far from done with it.

The idea that God is not necessarily omni-whatever, is one I came to myself after much reflection and reading. I can buy omnipotent, but not omniscient.

I believe very much in free will-and in a universe which is, to quote Thomas Berry, a “…single gorgeous celebratory event.” With an emphasis on “event.” A real happenin’, (man).

The universe, as I understand it, is in play. God is a part of the event, and its originator, but is not pulling all the strings every single second; we (and other elements in the universe) have a part to play too. It is dynamic, and exciting; it pulses with the possibilities that God planted in it, but I don’t believe in a guaranteed outcome. Maybe God gives a nudge every now and then, but no micromanaging.

Whenever I think to God “why not stop the bombers in [London, New York, place of your choice]” the “response” I get back is “I’ve given you conscience, reason, love, remorse, the ideal of peace and free will. What you do with it is your job.” A tights-wearing caped God who descends from on high to save us from the villains in the nick of time is one who will have wasted making us with the parts that make humans worthwhile in the first place-including many of the gifts I just noted. I think there’s just too much value to God in the power and potential of humanity to choose good, love and peace.

Those of you who are all well-read and theologically sophisticated may not care for it, but I like this comic strip’s take (I don’t recall which part in the series, but it’s a quick read) on the issue:

Interview with God

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