an act of god?

18 04 2010

There was a murder in my garden yesterday. I watched as a caterpillar was eaten alive by ants.
Was this an act of God?

There was new life in my back garden yesterday. 4 blackbirds hatched in a nest just outside our bedroom window.
Was this an act of God?

There was the death of a child this week in Crawley where used to live. An 18-month old was tragically killed by a family dog.
W
as this an act of God?
The
re was the birth of a child this week in St Helier where I live now.  A friend gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Was this an act of God?

an act of god?

There was chaos in the skies this week. All flights across the UK and most of Europe were cancelled because of the ash cloud from Iceland.
Was thi
s an of God?

There was beauty in the skies this week. All across the UK we’ve had some of the loveliest spring weather and the bluest skies – with not a plane in sight.
Was this an act of God?

an act of god?

Insurance companies are using the ‘it was an act of God’ defence to prevent themselves having to pay out further to assist travellers stuck because of the ash. This got me thinking about how lazy thinking and lazy theology gets God accused of all sorts of things. An ‘act of God’ usually means something like a natural disaster, something we have no control over. Something we don’t usually give God the credit for.

It’s a generalisation that just doesn’t work. If the eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano was an act of God, were the beautiful clear skies before it erupted an act of God; and is the rest of the clear sky around the ash cloud an act of God? Is our ability to fly at 30,000 feet at all an act of God?

this isn't relevant, but is funny

This lazy thinking gets into all parts of our life. A volcano tarnishing God’s reputation is like saying all TV is rubbish because Piers Morgan is on it. All politicians are plastic because David Cameron’s face has no lines. All footballers are stupid because… well, I won’t name names. God is bad because a volcano erupted? It’s lazy thinking.

For many, ‘acts of God’ like natural disasters are a reason for not believing in God. I understand that when bad stuff happens it can turn us off the idea of God. Whilst very understandable, isn’t this a bit of lazy thinking and lazy theology? Natural disasters may make us choose to not like or follow God, but they don’t prove or disprove whether he or she or they are there.

We need to remember that if we blame him for the bad stuff we should give him credit for  the good stuff. If bad things are God’s fault then good things are God’s fault. Aren’t they?

Or maybe it’s not that simple? Do we need to think harder before we attribute things as ‘act of God’? Ah, now we‘re getting beyond lazy thinking and really talking….

is it a plane? no

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green party to blame for ash cloud

16 04 2010

fant-ash-tic

On the day of an historic televised debate between 3 mildly interesting white men playing a grown-up version of “my dad’s bigger than your dad”, the Green Party came up with the best distraction in the history of environmental politics. Political terrorism, maybe?

Coinciding with the launch of their manifesto, to show the us the voters how fragile our lifestyle is, how finely balanced our economy is, and how we are really at the mercy of nature even though we think we are in control, they forced the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Using symbology techniques honed from years of reading Dan Brown, I can show the Green Party logo reveals this was their intention, the green globe being surrounded by clouds of ash disguised as petals.

They scored a unique double-whammy. Not only did they keep the TV debate from being the main story, but due to a strategically-placed wind-farm blowing the ash over the entire air-space of Northern Europe, they also reduced the carbon emissions in one go by forcing the grounding of the entire fleet of planes.

One huge spout of hot air stealing the show, leaving 3 smaller producers of hot air ashen-faced, with a dark cloud hanging over them, their planes well and truly grounded and their press offices erupting with displeasure. Well, they say every cloud has a silver lining.

the TV debate cleared the airports

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