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Theodicy

Prayer: What Is It Good For?

Herb Silverman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Herb Silverman

The 1969 protest song "War" asks "What is it good for?" and answers "Absolutely nothing!" If I substituted "Prayer" for "War," I would qualify my answ...

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"

After the Shooting At SPU: Desolation, Consolation... Hope

Jack Levison | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

I confess to a certain deep consolation--maybe it is hope after all--lying somewhere inside me next to that ball of grief, as I recollect the faces and faith of my students.

A Year Without God? Affirming Atheism, Praying Anyway

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Whatever "God" may or may not be, I can't help but believe that faith in humanity alone is no better alternative. If God seems to fail at perfect goodness and power in light of human suffering and tragedy, so too does humanity.

Reflections of A Father About A Lost Son

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

With my legs spread out in front of me, exhausted and in total fear, I pray repeatedly "Lord, don't let my son die." EMT officials administer RCAN, but the heart monitor set up a few feet away is flat-lined. He died in my arms.

Give Thanks in All Things! All Things? You're Kidding, Right?

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There will come a day when you will find yourself giving thanks for the very thing that once caused you the greatest trouble... the deepest sorrow. There is a mystery here that I can neither explain nor explore. I just know it to be true.

Don't Ask The Crocus (A Lament For Boston)

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Don't ask the crocus, "Where is God?" / as though the crocus can respond to / our cries echoing over the flower beds. / The purple blooms have done their best / to disguise the traces of our bitter violence; / their job is not to soothe our seething conscience.

A Just God in Newtown

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In a world in which evil and suffering exist, god is either all powerful and is responsible for that evil and suffering, through design or neglect, or god is benevolent but not all-powerful.

The Shooting Of Children And 'God's Plan'

Edward J. Blum | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

The thought that God perhaps has a plan amid the Connecticut shooting sickens me as well.

Is A Perfect God Necessary For Believers?

Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion

In a much discussed New York Times piece called ‘An Imperfect God’, the philosopher Yoram Hazony opens by stating the standard descriptions of Go...

'Things Didn't Go Wrong. God Designed Pearl The Way He Wanted'

Religion News Service | Bob Smietana | Posted 10.26.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hai...

Theodicy In Contemporary Life: An Exploration Of The Book Of Lamentations

Joe Winkler | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Lamentations, one of the five scrolls in the Jewish Bible, is a response to the destruction of the first Temple. Written in a dense, terse, poetically rich and complex five chapters, it has been a challenging text since its appearance.

How Could God Have Allowed the Holocaust?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

If we agree that humanity must have free will, we must accept the consequences of its decisions.

Forget God. How Are We Helping Haiti?

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

This notion that God caused this earthquake as a good thing for the people of Haiti is troubling theology. Where is that "good thing" in the midst of the suffering?

The Purpose of Prayer in a Modern World

Jeffrey Small | Posted 12.15.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Do problems with seeing prayer as divine intervention mean that prayer is a pointless exercise? Not at all. Maybe we just need to rethink the purpose of prayer in a modern world.

Getting Over The Judging God -- A Yom Kippur Reflection

Jay Michaelson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Is it really such a healthy thing to feel oneself to be inadequate, judged and deficient? Does it make us better people, or does it make us more judgmental ourselves? And does God judge us, or only love?

If You Meet God On The Road, Kill Him

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

By killing all preconceptions we have about who or what God is, we do indeed free God simply to be, as stated in Exodus and by great theologians and philosophers ever since.

A Questioning Faith: Where Is God When We Hurt?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

God has created us to recognize the injustice and emptiness and long for something more. God did not have to make us this way. God could have made us like fish, but he didn't. Why is that?

Ozzy Osbourne And The Apocalypse

Michael Gilmour | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Allow me to suggest that comparing the most talked about preacher of 2011 and heavy metal's prince of darkness offers a colorful illustration of a simple point

The Question Of Theodicy: If God Is All Powerful, Why Must Evil And Suffering Exist In The World?

Jeffrey Small | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Osama bin Laden's death and the southeastern tornadoes have brought to light one of the fundamental questions of humanity: Why do we have evil, suffering, pain and death in the world?

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

John Shore | Posted 06.19.2011 | Religion
John Shore

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.

Sims, Suffering and God: Matrix Theology and the Problem of Evil

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.

"Radical Evil"

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

Richard Bernstein has written an important philosophical inquiry into the phenomenon of evil (Bernstein 2002), an inquiry that will be of great value to psychoanalysts.

The Inner Life: Why Do We Suffer?

Bernie Siegel, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

The question is not, will there be difficulties and threats to our existence, but how will we deal with them and what can we learn from them. How can they teach us about the meaning of our life and existence?

Why do we Suffer? Three Possibilities

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Alan Lurie

As a Rabbi, I've found that the most troubling spiritual question for most people is: "Why is life so difficult?" Below are three compelling ideas.