Wouldn’t people be happier in a world in which they were programmed to respond to God’s loving advances so they didn’t commit evil? While it’s true the world would be less violent where God was in charge and people had no volition towards doing evil, it does necessitate that this would be a loving world. Yes, […]

‘Why does God give people freewill if he knows they will misuse it and do evil things in the world?’ One explanation of how evil comes to exist independently of God and the world is advanced by Augustine of Hippo who, before converting to Christianity in the fourth century, lived a thoroughly immoral and decadent […]

In a previous post, I outlined how the Lisbon Earthquake of 1795 rocked the Church’s understanding about God. The rise of enlightenment across Europe with its appeal to a more rational understanding of the Divine, resulted in German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher attempting to reconcile the God found in Nature with a God understood through reason […]