Category Archives: theodicy

The Atlantic blatantly touts religion: why “thoughts and prayers” are great for stopping gun violence

The Atlantic continues its downhill slide (I swear, is every good journalistic outlet going to become clickbait?) with a new piece by Katelyn Beaty,”The case for ‘thoughts and prayers’—even if you don’t believe in God.” Of course, Beaty, a believer, slants most of it toward fellow goddies, not atheists. Her author profile describes her as […]

Free will for cancer cells?

This tw**t, sent by Grania, called my attention to an article in the Irish Times that criticizes the country’s blasphemy law: What an incredibly inane penultimate sentence @IrishTimes. Free will might explain evil people but not bone cancer.https://t.co/KVGoPwUjcc — John Hamill (@JohnHamill151) May 10, 2017 What is the penultimate sentence? I’ll put the last paragraph […]

Scorsese’s new film about how God was hidden but still exists anyway

Today’s posts are going to be largely about faith, perhaps because The Season is upon us and the Internet full of religion. From the Aussie ABC we hear of a new movie by Martin Scorsese, a reliably good director.  The critically acclaimed film, called “Silence,” is about the absence of God, but of course that doesn’t mean […]

Marco Rubio does theodicy

I used to think that, among all the Republican candidates for President, Marco Rubio—the Conservative Kennedy—would ultimately get the nod (Trump is still leading the pack). I don’t like his views, but he doesn’t seem as much of a nutcase as Carson or Trump, and I wouldn’t have to scourge myself with whips if he was […]

Prayer: what is it good for?; and a note on yesterday’s murders

Two contrasting sources (both provided by Matthew) give the same answer about the efficacy of prayer: I can’t help but think that the headline below, from yesterday’s Daily News is—perhaps unintentionally—a slap in the face of theists. It implies that either God let the shootings take place, or he’s leaving us on our own to solve the problem. […]

The Discovery Institute and its religious flaks respond to Ben Goren’s critique of theodicy

Ben Goren called my attention to a piece  on Uncommon Descent (the Discovery Institute’s anti-evolution and pro-religion website, though the second adjective is redundant)—a piece going after Ben’s recent post on this site that dealt with theodicy. I was vastly amused at the author’s (Vincent Torley) attempts to explain why Jesus never calls 9-1-1 (he mentions […]

George Zimmerman says his shooting of Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan”; theologians disagree

If you’re American, you’ll surely remember the killing of the black teenager Trayvon Martin Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida three years ago, with Zimmerman claiming that, as part of a neighborhood patrol, he was justified in shooting Martin because he was defending himself against a suspected trespasser. The murky details of the case, combined […]

Australian religionist tries to explain why God allows evil; fails miserably

Australia, though a pretty nonreligious country compared to the U.S., still has its pockets of faith. One was recently emptied on the Australian Broadcasting System’s (ABC’s) site “The Drum,” in piece written by Simon Smart, a man described on the ABC’s site as . . . a Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and […]

Making a virtue of necessity: doubt as “a crucial part of faith”

On September 18 I discussed the confession of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that he had experienced some heavy doubts about God’s existence, based on God’s distressing lack of appearance on the planet. Surprisingly, though, Welby had no doubts about Jesus. I found that quite astonishing, for Jesus has meaning to Welby only as the […]

David Barash on the incompatibility of science and faith

As I mentioned two posts ago, David Barash, a biologist at the University of Washington who works on animal behavior and evolution, has a post in today’s New York Times, “God, Darwin, and my college biology class.”  It’s basically an argument for the incompatibility of science and religion, and I like it a lot, not […]