Does having a good God … and deadly viruses, like the coronavirus, really mix? That is a question on the minds of many folks these days.
To help me think through this type of question, I am indebted to the good folks at Reasons to Believe. A few years, virologist A. J. Roberts joined the staff at Reasons to Believe, an Old Earth Creationist ministry. She participated in several very good (and short) interviews on this very topic, when she joined Reasons to Believe, and her answers are just as helpful today, as they were a few years ago….
…. in the meantime, pray for the medical workers on the front lines, who are at the highest risk of infection from COVID-19:
If you like the video, you may want to watch the others, in this series below:
Stephen Fry is an English comedian. Though not as well-known on the American side “of the pond,” Stephen Fry was interviewed on Ireland’s Public Service television recently where he expressed his views on God. The video went viral on YouTube, numbering over 5 million views in less that 2 weeks. Fry, like many skeptics, does not find satisfaction with how a “God” could create a world with so much suffering and evil in it… and that description is putting it…as they say…rather mildly (be forewarned).
In response, Justin Brierley, the British radio personality who moderates the Unbelievable radio podcast, a show I highly recommend, draws inspiration from one of Stephen Fry’s literary heroes, Oscar Wilde (the text of Brierley’s remarks can be found here). Though mostly known as being a skeptic, Oscar Wilde converted to Catholicism in the last few days of his life.
Casting aside questions about Roman Catholicism for the moment, how do you see Justin Brierley painting a different portrait of God than what Stephen Fry rails against? Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant can be read here.