The Didactic Plague

A New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician wearing protective gear helps a sick patient to a waiting ambulance during the outbreak of the coronavirus in New York City, April 1, 2020. (Stefan Jeremiah/Reuters)
The moral lesson that I have taken from reading the Bible is that God’s sense of justice, fitness, and proportionality is at odds with my own, but He still gets to be God.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here are two Christian concepts on my mind on this Palm Sunday. One is theodicy, the other is the sin of presumption.

“Theodicy” means “the vindication of God,” referring to a seeming conundrum that has vexed Christian thinkers since the beginning: How can evil coexist with an all-good, all-loving, all-powerful God?

Christians conceive of God as a father, which occasionally places us in the role of resentful adolescents: If God really cares about us, why did He let my friend die? If God really cares about us, why did He let that earthquake kill all those innocent people? I never asked to


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