“…Tortured by the sins of your past?
The historian of Christianity recommends five books you won’t repent reading..
What does this book say about God’s attitude to sin?
Miles actually makes a more interesting statement.
His main character, “God,” is himself a sinner – unstable, brooding, given to grand gestures of generosity as well as to terrifying fits of violence.
Miles’s “God” is a creator, a destroyer, a warrior, a father, a mother – too much to pack into one stable character.
And at the very end of his book, Miles unravels what he has done, sorting out these various aspects of “God’s” personality and assigning them to different individual ancient Semitic gods.
All the dramatic tension of biblical narrative disappears.
And Miles, by letting this divine character dissolve into polytheism – is also able to dissolve the problem of evil.
The creator god of traditional Western monotheism is all good and all-powerful.
So why is the world that he made so bad?
The problem of evil is the problem of defending this definition of “god” in the face of so much evil.
When you have multiple gods, the problem dissolves, because no single god is in charge, thus no single god is responsible.
But Miles also plays with a different idea: What happens if “God” himself is morally flawed?
If he himself is morally defective?
You don’t have to be a theist to find the idea absolutely terrifying.
And as an explanation for evil – it’s terrifying.
But do you think it’s plausible?
That would be a theological question: I do not know the mind of God!
But Miles’s book is not theology – it is an incredibly imaginative meditation on not only the issue of sin -
- but also the problem of evil…”
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