I hope to post something more original in a couple days, been pretty swamped. Until then enjoy this quote from my main man, Jürgen Moltmann. During my first unit of CPE I started reading Moltmann and completely attached to his view of the cross and a suffering God. This lead me to some open-relational and process stuff, but I still have a soft spot for Moltmann and his social trinity. Here he talks about theodicy, you will see why I like it (I’ll link the entire interview)!
You emphasise in your autobiography that you asked not ‘Why does God allow this to happen?’ but ‘My God, where are you?’ What is the distinction?
Well, the first question is asking for an explanation of the evil situation you are in; the second question asks how to get out of it. I don’t want it explained why I am in this misery, I want to be liberated from it, and therefore I cry to God: ‘Where are you? Save me!’
If you as a pastor visit a dying person and he asks you why he is dying and you explain his situation, he will have you thrown out of the room. The question of theodicy is, to my mind, one asked mostly by the onlookers, not by those who are in a hopeless situation.
Does the question of theodicy not interest you?
No, it is only asking why there is evil if God is almighty and good. It doesn’t ask about God’s other attributes – for example, love, compassion – only power and goodness. And it is a very speculative question, a question about the God of Plato and Aristotle. It is not a biblical question, or a personal question.