Saturday, June 5, 2010

When tragedy strikes who do you blame?

Colin Bossen writes an interesting article in the Summer, 2010 issue of UU World entitled, "Black humanism."

Who do you blame when tragedy strikes in your life? "How could God do this to me, to us, to them?" "What kind of God is it that let's people suffer or makes people suffer?"

Good questions.

It is typical for people to want to blame God.

Bossen explains his views:

"Whether one places responsibility for suffering with God or with humanity is a theological issue. It belongs to the field of theology known as theodicy, which seeks to explain why suffering exists in the world. The African American and Unitarian Universalist theologian the Rev. Dr. William R. Jones argues that everyone has a functional theodicy that “relates to his prevailing beliefs about the nature of ultimate reality and man” and that individuals make a fundamental judgment about the character of specific sufferings, whether they must endure that suffering or should annihilate it, and whether suffering can be eliminated or is an inevitable part of the human condition. "

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

1 comment:

  1. For example, God, or rather, a pathological & delusional belief in imaginary super beings resulted in this:!