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The importance of emphasis

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2 minutes to read A brief reflection on how differently the faithful and the faithless construe the same commands.

I was just reading Derek Rishmawy on the condition of reasonable epistemic access (CORNEA). It wasn’t anything particularly new to me (although it may be to you—I couldn’t say), but in the process of reading it I was struck by an insight I think is worth reflecting on.

The gist of CORNEA is how, if an all-knowing and all-wise God exists, we can have no reasonable expectation that we should understand his reasons for allowing seemingly pointless evils, given how infinitely inferior our perspective is to his.

What struck me was the emphasis of the typical atheist objection that this amounts to a cop-out; that God is saying, “Simply believe there is a point to evil because I say so.”

To which we, as Christians, reply sadly:— No, you have it entirely wrong. It is not “because I say so.” It is “because I say so.”

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