In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings, many have turned to religious leaders to try and make sense of this horrific event.
The problem of evil is a stock philosophical and theological topic for debate. But our ideas are only really tested when we are personally confronted with terrible loss and immense tragedy.
“Where was God?”
This article by CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi addresses some of the responses and is well worth a read:
Some religious leaders argue that modern American life insulates much of the nation from the kind of senseless death and suffering that plagues much of the world every day.
“Most of the world, for most of the world’s history, has known tragedy and trauma in abundance,” wrote Rob Brendle, a Colorado pastor, in a commentary for CNN’s Belief Blog after this summer’s deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which left 12 dead.
“You don’t get nearly the same consternation in Burundi or Burma, because suffering is normal to there,” wrote Brendle, who pastored congregants after a deadly shooting at his church five years ago. “For us, though, God has become anesthetist-in-chief. To believe in him is to be excused from bad things.”