Saturday, February 9, 2013

The pope gets one third of a Christian theodicy right

While the Pope's nascent Calvinism should be applauded, it affirms only one side of Blocher's iron triangle of theodicy. ("God is all-powerful, God is good, Evil is evil.") Benedict ignores the biblical emphasis on God's goodness in contrast to the evilness of evil. Wickedness isn't a gift from God.

“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding:
far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
(Job 34:10 ESV)