How does your faith tradition explain (and respond to) senseless tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings.
Posted by Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham on April 17, 2007 6:23 AM
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No "Why?" Answers
The mourners have a promise not to be abandoned in their grief, but no promise that they can figure this all out.
Posted by Martin Marty, on April 18, 2007 9:45 PM
In Times of Tragedy
When our loved ones are called back many of us find solace in the knowledge that they have returned to the One in whose hand their soul has always resided.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on April 18, 2007 1:00 PM
“Comfort, Comfort My People”
In the Scriptures I find a God of compassion, but like Job I find no satisfactory answer to the problem of evil.
Posted by Thomas J. Reese, S.J., on April 18, 2007 12:37 PM
The word of promise that Christianity offers is God’s assurance that such brokenness is not life’s final word.
Posted by Mark S. Sisk, on April 18, 2007 11:25 AM
God Cares. God Loves. We Choose.
We send our deepest sympathies to all who have been bereaved, and to those who have been injured and we pray too for the perpetrator.
Posted by Desmond Tutu, on April 18, 2007 10:10 AM
What Compassion Really Means
Even as we grieve with the families and friends of loved ones whose lives needlessly have been cut short at Virginia Tech, we long for and, indeed, pray for a mood in our nation that makes hate unacceptable and violence an intolerable offense.
Posted by Welton Gaddy, on April 18, 2007 9:18 AM
Facing the Reality of Evil
We mourn with those who mourn, and weep with those who weep.
Posted by R. Albert Mohler Jr., on April 18, 2007 8:01 AM
No Answer. Only Grief and Hope
Somehow, I am assured that God is strong enough and loving enough to take all my fury, rage, pain, and despair.
Posted by Jane Holmes Dixon, on April 18, 2007 7:31 AM
An Atheist's Creed
"We, too, have our religion, and it is this: Help for the living--Hope for the dead."
Posted by Susan Jacoby, on April 17, 2007 1:06 PM
Church to Members: Cut Back on the Guns
The church suggested its members might consider "intentionally work[ing] to remove handguns and assault weapons from our homes and communities."
Posted by Gustav Niebuhr, on April 17, 2007 12:32 PM
Time to Learn to Love More Deeply
I hope this crisis teaches us to love more deeply, to extend a greater sense of respect and compassion for one another.
Posted by T.D. Jakes, on April 17, 2007 11:46 AM
God Provides, Doesn't Protect
We live in a world still under the sway of powers that lead us away from God and God's passion for life on earth.
Posted by Marcus Borg, on April 17, 2007 11:31 AM
God With Us, Grieving
The creator God is with us in the middle of the horror, sharing and bearing the pain and the burden.
Posted by Nicholas T. Wright, on April 17, 2007 11:01 AM
Evil Exists; Faith Endures
The important point is that God, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, has overcome evil.
Posted by Cal Thomas, on April 17, 2007 9:21 AM
This isn’t God’s plan—this is sin, this is evil, this is turning away from everything that God wills for human flourishing.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on April 17, 2007 9:14 AM
Time for Christians to Follow Non-Violent Jesus
When will the followers of Jesus' teaching finally stand together and say "enough" and begin the hard work of rigorously controlling the sale of weapons of death?
Posted by John Bryson Chane, on April 17, 2007 9:04 AM
God of Hope and Healing
Humans are responsible for suffering and injustice.
Posted by Charles "Chuck" Colson, on April 17, 2007 8:13 AM
Remembering We Are All One Body
As One Body, we are connected to all those at Virginia Tech who are suffering, mourning, and enraged.
Posted by Donna Freitas, on April 16, 2007 11:11 PM
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