God of disaster

A roll of the tectonic dice crushed an already beleaguered Haiti, but in some quarters the religious rationalised that, like Hurricane Katrina, god or indeed godlessness was the cause.

This piece by James Wood in the New York Times reflects over the different ways in which the name of god has been invoked over the Haiti earthquake.  It poses the difficult question for theists – how can they reconcile a good god with bad things happening to people.  Of course, they can’t.

Although from an US perspective the article is sensitive, intelligent and food for further thought.


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