My Problem of Evil

July 11, 2006

“I have high moral standards. I have thought about them. I have preached about them. Good heavens, I have even written books about them. And I still break them. The line between justice and injustice, between things being right and things not being right, can’t be drawn between “us” and “them.” It runs right down through the middle of each one of us. The ancient philosophers, not least Aristotle, saw this as a wrinkle in the system, a puzzle at several levels. We all know what we ought to do (give or take a few details); but we all manage, at least some of the time, not to do it.

Isn’t this odd?”

– Simply Christian, N.T. Wright, pg. 6, emphasis except italics mine.

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3 Responses to “My Problem of Evil”

  1. Steven Carr Says:

    Matthew 23 has something to say about people who preach a high moral standard, but fail to follow their own preaching.

  2. Rob Says:

    I think you missed Wright’s point. The point was that everyone breaks his own moral standards, and he used himself as an example. This doesn’t mean that he does it on an extremely consistent basis, but rather that sin affects each person, and no one can claim to be completely in the right.

  3. Steven Carr Says:

    I think you missed Jesus’s point.

    If religious leaders do not live up to the ideals they preach, then their religion is invalidated.


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