Blog Posts - Theodicy



Joban Vampires

The first vampire novel I ever read, I remember correctly, was one of the Dark Shadows series written by Marilyn Ross. I don’t recall which one, since I had to buy my books from Goodwill or some such vender utilized … Continue reading →...

Insane Deities

It was 1987. I was in Israel for a good part of the summer excavating at Tel Dor. Between degrees and trying what to do with my life, like many people, I sought out a holy place. One evening while … Continue reading →...

The Philosopher’s Lexicon: Theodicy

Welcome back to The Philosopher’s Lexicon. My primary goal in this series is to explore common philosophical vocabulary, hopefully transforming these words from useless jargon into meaningful terms. My secondary goal is to highlight how contentiou...
by Stories & Soliloquies on May 6, 2016

Something Lost

“Losing my religion,” I learned some time ago, means “going crazy” in some regions. It was that REM song that made me look it up. Losing My Religion, by William Lobdell, is much more literal. Having a hunger for spiritual R...

Remember the Alamo

Midtown Manhattan is awash in litter, particularly on a Monday morning, or first thing after a holiday. I generally arrive in the city shortly after 7 a.m., before the detritus is swept away. Frequently I see, among the discarded food … Continu...

Watchers and the Holy One

I’m not really a fan of Dean R. Koontz’s thrillers, but I do find myself turning to them from time to time. Like Stephen King’s, Koontz’s books are easily found at book sales, but you don’t always have your choice … Continue readi...

I’m No Legend

First there was The Last Man on Earth with that rare, disappointing performance by Vincent Price. Then there was The Omega Man, putting Charlton Heston into the role that fit him better than Moses. Finally, returning to the original title, … Co...

Teaching theodicy: a sketch

Tomorrow I will be guest-lecturing on theodicy for a colleague’s class on pastoral care and theology. Knowing the problem of evil to be one of those prevalent digressions in the theology classroom, I agreed to teach a whole unit on theodicy some ye...
by Faith and Theology on Apr 21, 2015

Does God want us to be more than human?

2 Peter 2.14 is hardly the sum total of the doctrine of theosis, but it is what gives us a sound start and finish when we begin to explore it. St. Athanasius puts it like this, “God became human so that humans can become divine.” What if...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Feb 12, 2015

“God can do everything, except compel man to love …” #theodicy

“God can do everything, except compel man to love . . . This paradoxical impotence of God (at the creation of man), Who, of course, still remains omnipotent, already announces to us beforehand the mystery of the Cross . . . God is so omnipotent...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Nov 13, 2014

Review, @ivpacademic’s “Suffering and the Search for Meaning: Contemporary Responses to the Problem of Pain”

Richard Rice has written a marvelous little book on the problem of suffering, or rather, the mystery of suffering. He has written it in gentle, direct language, without the need of an interpreter. He has done so through parables, stories, and letting...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Sep 17, 2014

some reflections on theodicy

I leaned towards the soul making theodicy as explained by John Hick, but I would go further than that. I am still toying with it, but I am leaning to calling something like entropic theodicy. Here are the basic principles: “Evil,” “...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Sep 15, 2014

The Fault in Whose Stars?

Theodicy. I’m no theologian, but the problem of suffering erects a wall ever higher between wanting to believe and actual experience. Many great thinkers have laid down their faith because of this insuperable hurdle. The movie version of John Green...

The wisest man brought myrrh

Latest Courier article. I was all set to write a jolly article suitable for Christmas festivities when the news came through about the tragedy in Connecticut. So much doesn't seem appropriate any more, even though, in a cynical sense, there is nothi...
by Elizaphanian on Dec 30, 2012

School Prayer and School Shootings Are Not Related!

So many comments have been made over the past few days about where God was during the recent school shooting in Newtown, CT. Problem is, there is a lot of bad theology flowing throughout the interwebs, especially as it pertains to to theodicy and kn...
by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Dec 16, 2012

School Prayer and School Shootings Are Not Related!

So many comments have been made over the past few days about where God was during the recent school shooting in Newtown, CT. Problem is, there is a lot of bad theology flowing throughout the interwebs, especially as it pertains to to theodicy and kn...
by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Dec 16, 2012

Ep. 73 Rabbinic Thought and Theology 5 – Theodicy and the Problem of Evil

The question of evil and divine justice has engaged and vexed theologians of all religions for centuries. In the class, Rabbi Yuter demonstrates the range of approaches in Rabbinic literature and offers his unique approach towards finding a resoluti...
by YUTOPIA on Jun 20, 2012

European Football and Karma Mechanics

For those who care not at all about football or, in a strange way, theodicy - go read something else now.For those who care a bit but not much - you need to know the following. There's been a bit of an outcry about last night's football match in...

If you see Thomas Hardy on the Road, Give Him a Doughnut

Peter Kirk has posted on Gentle Wisdom some comments on my own posting of The Convergence of the Twain, Thomas Hardy's poem on the loss of the Titanic. And Peter rightly notes the shock that Hardy's idea of God, the Immanent Will, should have been -...

Tell me again - Leonard Cohen and the problem of suffering

Long time readers may recall a long and eventually fruitless argument I had with Stephen Law about the problem of evil. My concluding thoughts are here, and a link up is here.Time and reflection haven't changed my thoughts much. I still think that th...
by Elizaphanian on Mar 9, 2012


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