I’m not a religious person, but if there is a God, I’ve got to think he/she gets tired of humans blaming all of our problems on him/her. The always awful Walter Russell Mead:
God hates the quiet life, I think. He wants us to break a sweat on our passage through this vale of tears.[….]
God seems to believe in keeping it real. He wants us to face challenges that are bigger than anything we know, more complicated than we can figure out, and so dangerous and all encompassing that we are forced to develop our gifts and our characters to the highest possible degree. He wants us to ‘be all that we can be’, and he won’t take anything less.
That’s not how we want it. Human beings want to tame the wild uncertainty that surrounds us on every side. We want that raging sea to calm itself, now. We want predictable returns on our stock investments, and we want steady economic growth. We want to build institutions that can carry on just as they are until the end of time; uncertainty is the dish humans hate most — and it’s the one thing we can count on God to serve.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t see how God caused, say, the financial crisis. Humans did.
Is conservative religiosity just about sloughing off responsibility? No one could have predicted, because only the Almighty could have known that were no WMD in Iraq. What’s the point of writing at all if you’re a religious conservative, since you can’t know anything, only Jeebus can? And if you can’t ever know anything about what’s happening down here, how on earth could you know that God wants us to sweat? I just don’t get it.