Critical DisBelief

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Farewell

On 21 August the domain criticalBelief.com will expire and this blog will only be accessible via the address http://cawoodm.wordpress.com.

UPDATE: The archived posts are available here: http://criticalbelief.wordpress.com/

What started as a series of critical questions, totally committed to Christianity ended in disillusionment not only with the Church but also with historic Christian Faith even in it’s most liberal forms. Calvinism, which I detest, is indeed the most systematic theology and universalism the most moral. It could be that Calvinistic Universalism is the answer but…

…given the brute fact that today, and every day hence, a young boy will starve to death and a young girl be sold for pleasure, I reject the existence, still less, the “worshipability” of any God who is in a position to prevent this. A powerless God maybe, but not the Good Powerful God of our monotheistic faiths. This is a problem requiring a solution, not a crafted answer nor any words and I’ll support any cause/religion working towards it’s end.

Thanks for reading!

Marc

PS: Jesus is Lord!

PPS: Honour in Defeat.

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2 responses to “Farewell

  1. John Valade August 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Is it possible that you might be underestimating God’s longsuffering with human sin? Or is is perhaps possible that ultimate victory is also a matter of factors of timing that are literally beyond human ken?

    I believe that human free will is very real. (OK, so that probably makes me more Arminian than Calvinist.) It is also the cause of most human suffering. To stop suffering would require God to either remove human will or persuade human beings to follow His will.

    I honestly believe that God has found a way to allow human beings to retain free will and yet end suffering by changing the heart. I have confidence that victory has been achieved, but the scoreboard doesn’t reflect that yet.

    I wish you the best in your journey from here on.

  2. Marc August 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    The problems with the free-will argument, which I myself used to propose, are insurmountable. Scenarios of limited freedom can easily be imagined which are morally far superior to the mess we’re in. In other words the rape of a child is not less important than the freedom of the rapist. Even our supposed “perfect” garden contained a snake and a tempting tree and (supposedly perfect) people with the propensity to disobey i.e. sin.

    If I want my children not to hurt themselves and others I limit their freedom. And I certainly don’t stand aside when they are harmed in the name of the criminal’s freedom. Why is it wrong for us not to intervene if God doesn’t. Indeed there seems to be no limit to the atrocities humans are allowed, by God, to commit without divine intervention. Even if there is a limit, it’s too free: less freedom, save the children!

    But mainly, and this pushed me over the edge: Any philosophical argument or answer we can come up with, biblical or not (and free-will isn’t really in the Bible) leaves the child in the basement, the stomach empty. We in the comfy West may find intellectual “solutions” but there really is no answer, nor can there be unless we are to forsake all morality, which vindicates a God who lets this go on another minute.

    Jesus’ own answer was not one of the modern options. Jesus said: God is acting now to end this and it’s gonna happen in your lifetime! Imminent eschatalogy is a much better answer than “there is some purpose in this” but it is clear that the Eschaton did not come for Jesus: My God, why have you forsaken me!

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