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Bart Ehrman asks a good question

Posted by on Jan 17, 2010 in blog links | 6 comments

In an article in Newsweek called “Why God Hates Haiti,” Dr. Bart Ehrman from the University of North Carolina asks a very good question. His question comes in response to Pat Robertson’s claim that God caused the earthquake to devastate Haiti last week because of the practice of voodoo. In response, Ehrman asked:

If that [the earthquake] happened to the Haitians because they’re so sinful, then why hasn’t it happened to him [Robertson]?

I disagree with Ehrman about alot of things, but I think he’s asked a very good question.

(HT: Dave Black)


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  1. 1-17-2010

    Luke 13:1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem.
    2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than other people from Galilee?” he asked. “Is that why they suffered?
    3 Not at all! And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God.
    4 And what about the eighteen men who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?
    5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will also perish.”

  2. 1-17-2010


    I never could figure out why God confides in Pat Robertson…

  3. 1-17-2010

    What was odd Alan, is that I saw a bunch of Hatians praising God in the midst of severe circumstances. Their hands were high and they exalted the God who could have stopped the Earthquake but because of His own purposes unknown to us decided not to.

  4. 1-18-2010
  5. 1-18-2010

    Darrell’s post = Awesome.

  6. 1-18-2010

    Lionel, you were mistaken. They obviously must have been worshiping a Voodoo god. I mean, you’re implying that Pat Robertson was mistaken. Who would you rather believe–a man of God, or a bunch of voodoo-practicing, idol-worshiping pagans?

    OK, I’ll remove my tongue from my cheek where it has been so firmly planted for the duration of this comment… 😉