Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The dreadful tragedy

    About the Newtown event itself, there is little else to be said. The bewildered newspapers propose the "search for answers" (all the while, milking profits from the tragedy). The trouble with this kind of event is that it comes close to representing the problem of evil in a very pure form. So, what is the answer we are looking for? Must it fit on an index card? Must it satisfy all? What answer would we believe?
    In the reference frame of common culture, there is no answer. That is why it is so troubling to us. Only a cosmology that includes sovereign God holds any hope for a true answer to the problem of evil. This is why we need the tablets and why the tablets must be divine. We keep trying to discard them, but the absence of the written Law does not banish evil.

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