As we come to the end of this mini-series on the world of Genesis and natural disasters, we ask the question (again): So why do natural disasters occur on earth? Well, the most interesting and sensible answer I have heard to this question was given on a television programme ‘Tsunami – Where was God?’ in […]

How do we know the tectonic plates didn’t start moving after Adam and Eve’s fall out with God?   Now while it can be comforting to believe that natural disasters were not an early feature of life on earth, there is little evidence to support this kind of thinking. The reason being that the earth’s […]

Can natural disasters ever be considered a result of the Fall? I am not quite certain where the idea came from – possibly my early education at the hands of the nuns in catechism – or later as a ‘born again’ at college? But somewhere along the line I came to the conclusion that earthquakes, […]

‘What does the mainstream church believe about natural disasters today?’   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 […]

‘Does human sin cause natural disasters to happen?’ 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 […]

‘Is earth better thought of as Paradise or a spiritual battlefield ?’ 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 […]

‘When is a natural disaster not a natural disaster?’  Although many natural disasters make headline news because they result in death and destruction, other natural phenomena occur in places that are sparsely populated where there is no loss of human life. Interestingly, when natural phenomena occur in sparsely populated areas and human death or injury […]

‘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 […]