--William H. Willimon, Thank God It's Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from the Cross, p. 5
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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The Problem Isn't Theodicy, It's Homodicy
In the days after Hurricane Katrina, a much raised question was, How could a good God do such a thing? God's got some explaining to do for this one. In our theology, theodicy-- the justification of the ways of God to humanity-- is the only game in town. Trouble is, the Bible has no interest in theodicy, particularly in trying to explain natural disasters to humanity. Natural disasters are the preoccupation of biology rather than the Bible. In the Bible, it's more "homodicy"-- justifying sinful humanity to God. It's human sin, not hurricanes, that is the Bible's big concern. Second Corinthians 5:19 doesn't say Christ was in the world, reconciling God to the world but rather God was in Christ, reconciling the world to God. How typical of us to think that it's God in the dock, God who has got to be justified to creative, compassionate folk like us How typical, until we get to the cross.