Wednesdays with Wright: “Evil and the Justice of God”

When evil hits home, as in the Tucson, Arizona shooting, we seem to always come back to that theodicy question: Where was the just God to prevent such evil? 

N.T. Wright offers us some insights on the matter, though some might not find them altogether satisfactory:

“We are not told—or not in any way that satisfies our puzzled questioning—how and why there is radical evil within God’s wonderful, beautiful and essentially good creation.  One day I think we shall find out, but I believe we are incapable of understanding it at the moment, in the same way that a baby in the womb would lack the categories to think about the outside world.  What we are promised, however, is that God will make a world in which all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well, a world in which forgiveness is one of the foundation stones and reconciliation is the cement which holds everything together.  And we are given this promise not as a matter of whistling in the dark, but in and through Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection, and in and through the Spirit through whom the achievement of Jesus becomes a reality in our world and in our lives.”  (Evil and the Justice of God, p. 164, bold added)

This entry was posted in NT Wright, The Problem of Evil and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Wednesdays with Wright: “Evil and the Justice of God”

  1. Brian LePort says:

    Good quote. One presupposition we must maintain always is that good is God. I don’t know how to function without that assumption.

  2. T.C. R says:


    Thanks. I don’t know either. Yes, at the end of the day that is my refuge, despite thoughts to the contrary.

  3. Pingback: Tweets that mention Wednesdays with Wright: “Evil and the Justice of God” | New Leaven --

  4. This is a great quote by Wright! One worth writing down in my regard. We should note too, that the word and term theodicy is not really that old, created by the great Leibniz!

  5. ScottW says:

    In this quote Dr. Wright alludes to the famous words of St. Julian of Norwich, the 14th century English anchoress and mystic in what the Father speaks to her in one of her visions, which occurred after she experienced a sickness that almost led to her death:
    “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”
    — Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love). That’s interesting in light of his appropriation of it this famous saying terms of his take on the issue of theodicy.

  6. T.C. R says:

    Fr. Robert,

    Yeah, it’s a fitting quote.

    Scott W,

    Thanks for pointing that out. Neat! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s