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In the early days of Christianity, religious leaders were questioned repeatedly by devotees to explain why God allowed natural disasters and the attendant human suffering to occur. Fire, famine, floods, and the destruction they caused were a mystery to followers who perceived the deity as all-powerful and all-good.

The playwright Archibald MacLeish wrote J.B. a modern-day rework of the Book of Job that contains these famous lines, the play’s central paradox:

“If God is God, He is not good.”
“If God is good, He is not God.”

To best understand this paradox, which of the following must be assumed?

A deity cannot be both all-powerful and all-good at the same time.
A deity must obey the laws of nature that the deity created.
A deity is a supreme being who has the gifts of total power.
Early religious leaders had a variety of explanations for the calamities that befall humankind.
Religious zealots throughout history have struggled with this paradox.
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Re: early days of Christianity [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2010, 20:45
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In the early days of Christianity, religious leaders were questioned repeatedly by devotees to explain why God allowed natural disasters and the attendant human suffering to occur. Fire, famine, floods, and the destruction they caused were a mystery to followers who perceived the deity as all-powerful and all-good.

The playwright Archibald MacLeish wrote J.B. a modern-day rework of the Book of Job that contains these famous lines, the play’s central paradox:

“If God is God, He is not good.”
“If God is good, He is not God.”

To best understand this paradox, which of the following must be assumed?

A deity cannot be both all-powerful and all-good at the same time.
A deity must obey the laws of nature that the deity created.
A deity is a supreme being who has the gifts of total power.
Early religious leaders had a variety of explanations for the calamities that befall humankind.
Religious zealots throughout history have struggled with this paradox.



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Re: early days of Christianity [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2010, 22:44
B - A deity must obey the laws of nature that the deity created.
That will explain the various problems ( Fire, famine, floods, and the destruction) are laws of nature, and even though God is all powerful/great, he has to obey these laws.
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Re: early days of Christianity [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 00:39
My answer is B.I felt that the key point to be assumed is even God has to obey the laws of nature which is more evident from the 1st line(If god is god,he is not good which means even as god, he can't escape the laws)and the 2nd line makes clear that god can't be kind and good always he must uphold the laws he created for larger good even if it causes adverse effects to few ppl.

My pick is B.

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Re: early days of Christianity [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 03:58
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Re: early days of Christianity [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 09:40
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