Some people have found Why I am not an Atheist unsatisfactory, and I do feel a twinge of guilt. it was never my intention to engage in the kind of bickering between Christians and Atheists that is all to common in blog articles so my article stuck firmly to the meta-argument that Peter Singer wasn’t advancing serious arguments, that he needed to engage serious theologians and take more then about 830 words to deal meaningfully with (never mind dispose of) the central philosophical problem of the Abrahamic religions, how to reconcile an all-powerful, good creator God with evil and suffering in the world He has created. It is the kind of problem that, quite literally, seven-year olds spot. To me the paradox is obviously intended to confront the seeker in the way that people imagine Zen koans to do, something to meditate on in order to gain a deeper insight into reality and the Christian religion, rather than a decision problem, such as, whether the planets orbit the sun in an elliptical or circular path. To treat it like the latter, as a physical, empirical decision problem is, to my mind, to make a serious mistake.
For someone who has no interest in Christianity, who simply finds the system of thought inimical it is an irrelevant question, really a question with no meaning and I see no real point in those outside of Christianity weighing into theological disputes unless they are prepared to do so intelligently. Nevertheless there is the question of what Christians (and Muslims and Jews) mean by an all-powerful, perfectly-good God who created everything. This is an excellent question! And a question that all non-theists ought to take an interest in, not in whether it is true or not (which i think is a fairly meaningless question—it is true for mono-theists and not-true for non-theists, obviously) but what is going on—why are Christians (and Muslims and Jews) positing such a Truth or idea (depending on your point of view).
Now I am not qualified to talk about theology, but as a Buddhist I do take an interest in this question, and it might be useful for me to explain why I, as a non-theist, find that the Christian way of looking at things makes a great deal of sense, even if it is not my preferred framework for making sense of reality. Such an article might help people to see more clearly and less abstractly why I find Peter Singer’s article neither helpful for Christians nor atheists, and it will clearly engage with the issues directly, rather than talking about the way somebody else is talking about the issues, which I can appreciate can be a little frustrating.
I will need some time to prepare the article but I will be attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Nottingham from this weekend. As I am helping with the organisation of the event I may not be able to find time to do much blogging, but if I can, I would like to tackle this question in that setting. All going well, I will be able to get something up some time before I leave for Spain on the 28th May. If I have not succeeded by then I should definitely get an opportunity by the weekend (31st May/1st June). I have some other articles that I want to write in the meantime.