Tag Archives: disasters

The Philippines typhoon, John Tavener and the problem of pain

I’ve been half-consciously avoiding blogging about the Philippines typhoon. What else can anyone say that hasn’t been said? How can we express the sadness and awfulness of it all, and the helplessness and even guilt which we comfortable western watchers … Continue reading

Posted in Anger at God, Divine intervention, Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Does God intervene? (Deism, divine sovereignty and human freedom)

Responding to my recent ‘Letter to America’, one regular commenter pulled me up quite justifiably on setting too much store by human power. ‘Trust not in princes nor in mortal men…’ (Ps 146:2). Whatever the outcome of the US election, … Continue reading

Posted in Controversies, Divine intervention, Politics and faith, Suffering, Theology, Tragedy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

Earthquakes, suffering and God

I originally wrote this piece in February 2010 when the terrible earthquake in Haiti had raised yet again the old question “how can anyone believe in an all-loving, all-powerful God in the face of horrendous natural disasters?” (or, for those … Continue reading

Posted in Anger at God, Bible, Divine intervention, Suffering, Tragedy, World events | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments