The Doors of the Sea

December’s Indian Ocean tsunami forced a haunting question to emerge anew: how could an omnipotent God permit such evil? In the midst of editorials expressing incredulity at faith in God in the face of such unmerited suffering, theologian David Hart wrote articles in the Wall Street Journal and First Things insisting that not God but rebellious nature is to blame, that Christians share everyone’s revulsion before suffering, and that only theology finally vindicates that revulsion as the shadow of hope. Hart appropriated the world’s horror at the tsunami to proclaim the assurance of God’s victorious love, upon which genuine outrage relies.