Guest post: The Problem of Satan

I’ve just had another guest post published over at the marvellous Confessions of a Heretic Husband, on the subject of what I call The Problem of Satan. Please go and check it out, and – if you haven’t already – the rest of the blog, which is on much the same lines as mine.

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About Recovering Agnostic

I'm Christian by upbringing, agnostic by belief, cynical by temperament, broadly scientific in approach, and looking for answers. My main interest at the moment is in turning my current disengaged shrug into at least a working hypothesis.

One response to “Guest post: The Problem of Satan”

  1. Kevin says :

    Tried to comment on the Confessions blog but it won’t seem to let me without creating a Disqus account.

    So… I wanted to say that some Christian theologians who agree with the ‘spiritual warfare’ concept are wrestling with the implication that God is not actually sovereign. The one whose work I am most familiar with is Greg Boyd, who says this:

    ‘We may state the dilemma this way: It seems we must either believe that
    God does not prevent certain events because he chooses not to or because
    he is unable to. The warfare worldview denies that God always chooses
    not to intervene, for this would require the belief that there is a
    specific divine purpose behind everything. Hence the warfare worldview
    must accept that, at least sometimes, God is unable to prevent evil.
    But how then can we continue to affirm that God is all-powerful?

    ‘…The trinitarian warfare theodicy argues that the answer lies in the
    nature of love. As Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God’s essence is love
    (1 John 4:8, 16). God created the world for the purpose of displaying
    his triune love and inviting others to share in it (cf. John 17:20–25). I
    argue that it was not logically possible for God to have this objective
    without risking the possibility of war breaking out in his creation.
    The possibility of love among contingent creatures such as angels and
    humans entails the possibility of war.’

    Sorry the quotation is rather lengthy; I’ve tried just to extract the most relevant bits but wanted to make sure what I did quote still got the idea across!

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