Struggling with theodicy

Kenyan reactions to the Bombing

The bomb exploded on a busy Friday morning in downtown Nairobi, tearing through buildings, bodies, lives and the national consciousness. In its aftermath, Kenyans have been searching for explanations, and most often finding them in their Christian faith. In this ardently religious country which is about 70 percent Christian, people are more likely to discuss God and Satan than American foreign policy or armed extremism.

In the hours immediately following the August 7 blast, many spoke of God as a deliverer. In Ward 44 of Kenyatta National Hospital, family and friends crowded around the beds of survivors, listening to their stories of escape from shattered, smoking buildings. They shared a kind of faith-inspired buoyancy.


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