POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Did he really use the word ‘intended’? If so, then he’s on thin ice – morally as well as theologically. It all comes down to a question of theodicy doesn’t it? God by definition has to be good (omnibenevolent is the technical term), but how do we square a good God with the evil we see around us? That question has always been with us, but it resounded especially loudly in Europe following the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. How could a supposedly loving God permit such suffering to happen to His creation?
There isn’t enough space here to look at the two main schools of thought that try to answer this (the Augustinian and Iranaean theodices). The best simplest response comes from the physicist and Anglican priest Professor John Polkinghorne. He says that it really comes down to freewill. God doesn’t intend evil to happen, but for good to have any meaning, conditions must apply in which evil could occur.
So Mr Mourdock, if you really said that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God then you’re on a very sticky wicket.

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CNN: GOP Senate candidate: Pregnancies from rape God’s will
Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, said at a debate Tuesday that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God. The Republican candidate was explaining his opposition to abortion in cases of rape or incest when he made the remark. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen,” Mourdock said, explaining that he would allow for exceptions to an abortion ban when a mother’s life is in danger.

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