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 […]

This strand of the natural disaster argument centres on some people’s belief that suffering is the product of human activity which came about when people decided to rebel against God. The result of this being that the world of humans was changed forever. The thinking goes something like this. Firstly, human rebellion allowed moral evil […]

One theological idea forwarded in recent years challenges the biblical notion that humans are introduced into a perfect world. Instead, it suggests that our environment has always been fractured and prone to natural disasters. In his book God at War, Boyd outlines a model in which the origin of evil is explained as happening before […]

Having considered how tectonic movement and gravity may be factors in natural disasters, let’s turn our attention to the terminology as we ask the question : what is a ‘natural disaster?’ Having considered how tectonic movement and gravity may be factors in natural disasters, let’s turn our attention to the terminology as we ask the question […]

‘On 1st November 1755, the city of Lisbon was rocked by an earthquake. It was All Souls Day and many Christians were at church. The earthquake lasted 4-6 minutes and caused total…  …devastation, demolishing virtually all of the buildings in the city. Unsurprisingly, it killed between 60,000 and 90,000 people and destroyed valuable works of […]