Seems some people don’t like what Piper had to say about the Tsunami… typically reading anti-Calvinist sentiment into his comments and missing the point. Whether one likes Reformed Theology or not, Piper’s response (about which I blogged favorably) is better than The Archbishop of Canterbury’s; he says, “The Asian tsunami disaster should make all Christians question the existence of God.” Uh, yeah, that’s a helpful response from someone to whom other believers will look for leadership. If he’d have stuck to saying it made him personally question God it would have been candidly honest; as it is, it’s destructive to the faith of others. Some under his care might do well to read Piper, who answers the question he cannot. This isn’t meant to be a defense of Piper’s response I actually want to point you where the anti-Piper bloggers (who are not his typical audience anyway) generally point, to N.T. Wright’s response, which is a good piece that I quite liked. Wright explores the motif of the sea in scripture as representative of evil. I don’t think it answers any of the big questions, but it doesn’t really try, which is kinda nice, actually. Good thought-fodder.
Update: Just noted this post by Millinerd, a good answer without answering: “By holding in faith to God’s goodness and power while refusing to gloss the reality of evil one does lose the benefit of logical comprehension; but retained are the superior resources of hope, prayer, the mystery of the crucifix, and the call to do whatever one can do to help.”