The Other I

January 21, 2010

An improved route to salvation

Filed under: Survival Strategies,Uncategorized — theotheri @ 3:38 pm

In my experience, people have often given up believing in God because of some misfortune that seems to make no sense.

St. Augustine of Hippo struggled with what philosophers call “the problem of evil,” and decided it must be our fault.  God Himself, he reasoned, could not revel in such mindless cruelty.  A thousand years later, the plague that swept through Europe in the 14th century undermined the authority of Roman Catholicism.  The plague took both the good and the bad, and there didn’t seem any advantages in following the strictures of this seemingly capricious God.  By the next century, Western Christianity was fractured.

So when I heard yesterday that a Voodoo priest was giving up his position to retrain as a Protestant minister, I probably shouldn’t have been surprised.

Still, it doesn’t make sense to me.  I’m sure Protestants were affected just as badly by the quake as followers of Voodoo.

Unless it is the Protestants who are handing out food and medicine.

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