Something horrible happened… so thank God

When Seth (aka The Thinking Atheist) gave a talk at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention last July, he pointed out that Christians are willing to say that God is “good” no matter what happens in their lives, no matter what terrible misfortunes befall them. Christians will always find a way to rationalize it, leaving God completely unrequired to do anything to earn the title of “good.” The Thinking Atheist used a few hypothetical scenarios to illustrate this, and I blogged about them at the time.

Now, a near-perfect equivalent of one of those scenarios has occured (as Seth himself pointed out on his Facebook page). It’s awful – a man was attacked in his home and stabbed thirty-seven times. He had to carry his intestines in his hand to get to the phone. Fortunately, he survived – no doubt due to heroic medical intervention. Yet this report on the incident by a Christian network doesn’t mention thanks for anyone but Jesus, and those sentiments are echoed by many of the commenters below. First of all, why no thanks for the medical team that saved this man’s life? Second, where was Jesus when the man was being stabbed thirty-seven times?

It doesn’t make any sense.


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