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Love Wins

February 23, 2011

I’ve never heard anything from Rob Bell that didn’t make me think. This video promo for his forthcoming book is no exception. Should be an interesting read:

HT: Mason at New Ways Forward

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3 comments

  1. Love him or hate him, Rob Bell makes you think. I didn’t know this book was coming out. Thanks for the heads up.


  2. What about the universe would give you the idea that there was an all-loving god?

    Surely it wasn’t the Inquisition.
    It wasn’t the Holocaust
    It’s probably not the fact that 99% of all species that ever lived are now extinct.
    It’s probably not the 4,500 species of cockroaches that currently live on earth.
    It’s probably not the fact that about 16,000 children under the age of 5 die of starvation related causes every day.
    It’s not the birth defects that affect 80,000 or more children who are born each year. Or that 10-20% of all human pregnancies end in miscarriage.
    I guess it’s not that little children are raped by priests, even while they are praying to god to stop the torture.

    I guess it’s because it sure would be nice if there were an all-loving god.

    Maybe you can explain.

    I suppose this will come across as “hostile” but in fact, I am just asking you to look at the universe as it is and reconcile “what is” with your learned beliefs.


    • Annie, I struggle with theodicy as well. I don’t have any easy answers. Lots of people will tell you that man’s sin is to blame. That God gave us the gift of free will, but that the unfortunate consequence of freedom is that people can choose to do evil rather than good. That may explain moral evil, but it doesn’t address natural evil. If I were to venture a guess, it might be that God intended a universe that was itself free to run according to natural principles put in place from the beginning. And those same physical laws that produced stars, the earth, life and the wonderful diversity of life also produce death and pain as the cost of that free process. I don’t expect that to satisfy you. It doesn’t fully satisfy me. But I’m not prepared to conclude that there is no answer just because I don’t have one.



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