Gerry Canavan

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‘God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.’

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The God Who Drowns. An intriguing theodicy from Waiter Rant, of all places.

“God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.”

The guy who said that was a Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was executed by the Nazis for trying to assassinate Hitler. This man knew Evil up close and personal. But he still cherished his faith in God and his belief in the goodness of the world. How did he do that in the face of such monstrosity?

Because he realized that God was not all powerful. He knew God wouldn’t swoop down and save him from his jailors. He understood there’s no division of sacred and profane, any secular and divine. He saw there’s only one reality and he believed that reality was God. And from within that insight he wrestled with the mystery of suffering.

God, Bonhoeffer would say, suffers with us.

There’s a lot more at the link. Needless to say, this doesn’t fully resolve the problem of evil, but really, what could?

Via AxeMe, of all places.

Written by gerrycanavan

November 5, 2005 at 5:31 am

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