04/19/2011 11:39 am ET | Updated Jun 19, 2011

Jesus: 'Why Do I Allow Evil to Exist?' (VIDEO)

Theologians and religious philosophers of every stripe are forever bumping their heads up against the "unsolvable" problem of the theodicy -- the question of why God allows evil. Beyond perhaps assuring them a measure of job security, I have no idea why they or anyone else should find the theodicy such an enduring conundrum. If you accept as real an overseeing, all-powerful God -- and certainly if you accept the figure of Jesus as a manifestation of that God---the theodicy is solved. (Those who do not believe in God, of course, have a separate set of challenges relative to understanding or explaining evil.)

Also, just a quick note about, the site whose free online tools I used to make this and my other Xtranormal movies. When making Xtranormal movies, you have very limited choices with regards to setting, characters, and voices. For this movie, I chose the character of Jesus (which Xtranromal introduced just last week); I gave him the British voice I did because of the three other English-speaking voices it seemed best suited; and for the setting I chose "Airport" because, again, of those choices offered, I liked it best.

I've done this video because I thought it might be a good way to, in a unique (and hopefully engaging) way, bring forth a thought or two central to Christianity. I know illustrating Jesus in this manner is tricky business; as a Christian, I'm certainly sensitive to anything slighting Jesus. I don't think this does. I hope (if you care at all) that you agree.

John also blogs at
The script for this video was derived from his book, "Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do," by God (as told to John Shore).
The Progressive Christian Alliance recently reviewed "Penguins."