BEN: One of the recurrent themes I picked up in this new book is the stress on God’s continued and constant involvement in his creation and in human history for that matter, especially in the history of His people, but with a very cautionary word about trying to read off ‘God’s will’ much less God’s judgments from natural disasters like the Lisbon earthquake. The Bible is surely no advocate of a Deistic or watchmaker deity that merely observes the world, or has wound it up and left it to its own devices, nor does the Bible operate with dualistic categories like natural vs. supernatural. How do we avoid these modern dualisms, but at the same time avoid what happened in Minneapolis a while back after the overpass bridge collapsed and killed lots of people, when a preacher came on the radio and said ‘yes we must mourn with those who mourn, but at the end of the day God decided to judge those people who were killed on that bridge’????
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