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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Theodicy, considered  

Alan Brain at American Digest says of the tsunami, It Could Have Been Worse.
Bangladesh is at almost exactly the same distance from the epicentre as the Maldives, and are equally low-lying, 2/3 of the country being river delta within a metre or two of sea level. ...

I can't help thinking how much worse it could have been, by a factor of not just 10, but 100. ... There aren't 10 Million corpses, mainly children, in the Bay of Bengal today.
RTWT. And look at the remarkable animated graphic.

About a dozen years ago, when I was new to deep prayer and full of myself, I decided for some reason to pray over a hurricane approaching the east coast. Not through my efforts (I'm sure I wasn't the only one with this idea) it paused, and hovered offshore for almost a week, before making a gentler landfall. Which meant flooding rains from Florida to Virginia, lots of property damage, drowning and isolation deaths, all that. About the same amount of total destruction; simply spread over a wider area, in both space and time.

This taught me two things. First, that prayer works (or has outcomes indistinguishable from effectuality). Second, that things aren't as simple as they seem. Once the storm formed off Africa, it had to go somewhere. And the storm formed because of the global weather patterns that make the planet habitable.

On a world with tectonic plates, earthquakes happen. Could an earthquake that size, in that place, have been designed to cause fewer casualties than this one? Just imagine if the axis of force had been north/south rather than east/west, or if it had happened in the middle of the night ...

Cold comfort, I know. But neither is it cause for despair.

posted by Kelly | 5:47 PM link