Newtown Tragedy: Would A Good God Allow Such Evil?
by John Burnett
December 19, 2012
When a human tragedy occurs on the scale of the Newtown shootings, clergy are invariably asked an ancient question: If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and benevolent, why does he allow such misfortunes?
There’s even a word for reconciling this paradox: theodicy, or attempting to justify God’s goodness despite the existence of evil and suffering.
… You have to admit that we live in a world that is, by turns, beautiful and shattered.
… there is no easy answer — there is no adequate answer — to this question which theologians call the Mystery of Evil.”
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