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Thursday, August 28, 2003                                                                                       View Comments

A thought about Epicurus' riddle...

Isn't there another possibility about the nature of God that involves the idea of freedom? If you give people freedom they will not always choose good. If you force them to choose good they are no better than puppets. God is not a puppet-master micro-controlling everything, nor is he a Randall Terry who'd like to instantly strike down every evil-doer.

Theoretically speaking, if there is a God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-good etc. he's not going to be a narrow-minded hand-wringer nor a vicious dictator. Just because some people believe stupid things about God, History, the Bible, Evolution, etc., (and they certainly do!) doesn't mean that God fits into their narrow concepts.

Regards,

Alicia