Category Archives: Theodicy

Bart Ehrman and Michael Brown Debate Suffering

Yesterday, I listened to a debate between Michael Brown and Bart Ehrman on whether the Bible provides a sufficient answer for suffering.  Michael Brown argued yes, while Bart Ehrman argued no.  Both are biblical scholars.  You can read about Michael … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Problem of Evil

I read a post not long ago, Prayson Daniel’s Scholarly Status of Logical Problem of Evil.  The problem of evil (as I understand it) states that the existence of evil in the world is strong evidence against the existence of … Continue reading

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Mary, and the Weakness of Theodicy

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  Last night, we did Session 4, “my life has a plan”.  The lesson was about how life does not always … Continue reading

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“…You Will Turn This Day into a Perfect Surprise…”

At church this morning, we sang the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”  One of the lines of that song is “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”  The song is based on Lamentations 3:22-23, which states (in the King James … Continue reading

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Alex Karras

I just learned that football player and actor Alex Karras has passed on.  I mainly know Karras as George, the adoptive father of Webster Long in the 1980’s sitcom, Webster.  I used to watch this show on Friday nights, and … Continue reading

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David Marshall: “Miracles”

For my write-up today on David Marshall’s Jesus and the Religions of Man, I’ll blog about Chapter 10, “Miracles”.  I’ll use as my starting-point something that Marshall says on page 226: “Christians are often asked, ‘Why is there so much … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Departed Friend

I learned today that a friend of mine—who went to Harvard Divinity School when I was a student there—recently passed away due to Evans Syndrome, which is a disease in which antibodies attack the red blood cells and a person … Continue reading

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Theodicy, Us, Them, and Us

I went to the Presbyterian Church this morning. This time, the passing of the peace part went a little more smoothly for me. Ordinarily, I dread that part, since it’s social, and I tend to feel uncomfortable and alienated in … Continue reading

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Ramblings on Questioning God

At Latin mass this morning, the priest said that questioning God on account of the bad things in life is “proud”, and he told us that God may send us afflictions to bring us closer to him. That reminded me … Continue reading

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The Lottery of Life

I just read the new Internet Monk’s (Chaplain Mike’s) review of Rachel Held Evans’ Evolving in Monkey Town: see IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town.  The following stood out to me: The second part of the book describes the … Continue reading

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