The Question: Doesn’t the fact of suffering prove that God doesn’t exist?
In some respects, this question is related to the question of God’s omnipotence. If God existed and was omnipotent – that is, able to do anything God wanted to do – then surely God would do something about suffering, given that it was within God’s power to do so. The fact that God doesn’t do anything about suffering therefore surely proves that God doesn’t actually exist. Continue reading
A Pentecostal Christian once asked me: “Are you saved?” Somewhat facetiously, I replied: “From what?” One of my professors at theological college wisely pointed out that my rejoinder ought to have been: “For what?” Continue reading
I have for a while now been exercised by The Book of Job, that famously enigmatic Old Testament text which has attracted the attention of philosophers, theologians, and Biblical scholars for more than 2,000 years. And while I may not be able to claim a place in the august company which has examined and re-examined Job over the centuries, I have thought a lot about this text and its meaning. I suspect that my conclusions are neither new nor original; they might even change over time. But they have lead me to some interesting places, which I’ll spell out below. Continue reading
Since I already have a WordPress Blog, and since that blog is also devoted to issues of faith, it might fairly be asked why I need another.
Well, the only thing I can say in my defense is that whereas my other blog is devoted to what might be termed the liturgical aspects of faith (sermons, prayers, etc) as well as some personal reflections on my experience as a Christian, this Blog is intended to be more deliberately speculative. And by “speculative”, I don’t mean that I’m going to say any old thing that comes into my head. Rather, I’m going to be posting about aspects of faith that have exercised my mind over recent years, and about which I have come (however hesitantly) to certain conclusions. Indeed, such is the nature of this page that those conclusions may very well change over time; it might be fun to see how, and the extent, to which that happens.
Accordingly, this Blog will be “speculative” in the sense indicated by the subtitle: I’ll be “thinking out loud” and sharing my thoughts with you. And, no, I’m not afraid of offending anyone, because frankly, one of the purposes of this page is to enable those who are wiser and better informed than I am to contribute comments about where they think my speculations may be helpful or not. Of course, I reserve the right to disagree with your wisdom, but I want to say right now there’ll be no “right” or “wrong” on this page; dialogue is what I’m interested in, not point scoring.
So – let the adventure begin!