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“He Has a Reason”: How Natural Disasters Test the Faithful

posted on September 5, 2017

NPR’s Tom Gjelten reports, “In churches across Houston on Sunday, pastors struggled to tell their parishioners why a God they believed to be good might have allowed a storm of Biblical proportion to flood their city.” Gjelten writes, “The dilemma is so serious that theologians actually have a term for efforts to explain why God and evil can coexist: theodicy.” Some argue that God is not responsible for human hardship, some claim that suffering is God’s punishment, while others say that disasters allow God to strengthen peoples’ faith.

Read at NPR