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The problem of Theodicy again

Basil the Great writes that “it is often God’s will for people to die from hunger, illness, war or something similar, but this doesn’t mean that we should support such a will, because for these things God has also evil servants to use” (Note that the Papal church condemned Meister Eckhart for saying this! [See articles 4-6: Good and Evil]).

The repetition of Plato is absolute, even if not conscious. The fact remains that in the Greek antiquity as in the Christian times this explanation is the clearest and most complete answer to the question about whatever appears as evil, an evil one accepts with thankfulness when it happens, but does not cause to himself or to others, keeping an awareness of the transcendence of the divine will, letting God take such decisions.


  1. Jack

    Thank you for taking the time to provide these insights. I will take what you have written to heart. I was prompted in large part to ask you about this because the dispensationalist “talk radio” crowd, in their hyper-literal simplicity, uses out of context the OT “god of war” as justification for war, no matter how unjust. I tried to imagine myself debating someone with that viewpoint, & knew I wouldn’t do a very good job.

  2. Searching for justification of war in the Bible means that we decided to declare ourselves Gods – unless President X confessed that God appeared to him and ordered him to make war… During its one thousand years of life Byzantium never used the Bible as excuse of war – and only very cautiously accepted as fair the concept of a purely defensive war. On the contrary in the West we saw the Crusades, we saw the burning of millions of people because they were ‘heretics’, even the attack against Constantinople… There are obviously other reasons for all of this, not the Bible.