“Of course this makes us doubt God’s existence.”

2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami

Rowan Williams, on 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami: “What can be said with authority about these terrible matters can finally be said only by those closest to the cost. The rest of us need to listen; and then to work and – as best we can manage it – pray.”

David Bentley Hart, commenting on the same disaster: “I would implore pastors never to utter banal consolations concerning God’s “greater plan” or the mystery of his will. The first proclamation of the gospel is that death is God’s ancient enemy, whom God has defeated and will ultimately destroy. I would hope that no Christian pastor would fail to recognize that that completely shameless triumphalism — and with it an utterly sincere and unrestrained hatred of suffering and death — is the surest foundation of Christian hope, and the proper Christian response to grief. . . To see the world in the Christian way. . . requires the eye of charity and a faith in Easter.”

Yuan Ni, in Aftershock, after losing her husband on the Tangshan earthquake: “God, you bastard!”

2 thoughts on ““Of course this makes us doubt God’s existence.”

  1. d

    “I would implore pastors never to utter banal consolations concerning God’s “greater plan” or the mystery of his will”

    AMEN when will they learn

    Reply

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