Cosmically Unfair

WHAT IS THE POINT OF SUFFERING?

I was at a wake for the mother of a parishioner when a boy, maybe ten or eleven, asked, “I have a question: If God loves us so much, why did he create death?” I answered-after an absolutely necessary long pause-that God wants us alive, alive in a way we cannot now imagine. That’s what the resurrection means. But it was, as it usually is, a less-than-satisfactory response to the question behind his question. Once again you are faced with...

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John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.