Magazine February 8, 2010, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• Just wait to see what we have planned for Vermont.

• The earthquake spared nothing, from ordinary homes to the palace and the cathedral, and cost tens of thousands of lives. This was the Lisbon earthquake of 1755; Voltaire used the sudden and overwhelming destruction in Candide to undermine the theodicy of Leibniz. Two hundred and fifty-five years later we are still using disasters to score theological and political points. After the Haitian earthquake Pat Robertson mused on CBN that the country’s troubles stemmed from a pact with the devil made by rebellious slaves in 1791. David Brooks gave a

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