Pete Crowther

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A Question Of Philosophy - Poem by Pete Crowther

When evil strikes
In fire and flood
Or untimely death by dread disease
We sometimes wonder “What of God? ”

The ancient Greeks
Long before us
On this very same question reflected.
Wise Epicurus put it thus:

“If God is willing but not able
Such evil to prevent,
Call Him ‘God’ still, if you will,
He cannot be omnipotent.”

“And if He’s able but not willing
Such evil to prevent,
God He may be, but I say
He is malevolent.”

“If God is able and willing, too,
All evil to prevent,
Why in the world should pain and death
Afflict the young and innocent? ”


Comments about A Question Of Philosophy by Pete Crowther

  • Marcondes Pereira Da De Mesquita (6/25/2016 5:55:00 PM)


    Your poem is beautilf and reflexive! I guess that neither God knows what he can does with his own liberty. He is eternal, but sometimes, due to the world's happenings, he is more confuse than us humans beings. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/21/2007 8:52:00 AM)


    Very nicely phrased. I think that living means always pursuing the answers to the questions we keep on asking. (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2007 12:02:00 AM)


    The problem of evil clearly stated. Perhaps there are multiple Gods; some of which are good and some evil. I think when people talk of Satan or the Devil they are really talking polytheism even if they recite the Nicene creed. (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2006 1:37:00 PM)


    There's a section in the Bible somewhere that says something about 'tasting the bitter to appreciate the sweet.' I've often wondered about the subject of God and the bad things that happen, and I have taken this Bible passage as part of my mantra. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Ori (3/24/2006 2:05:00 PM)


    I agree - read my poem 'Compassion'. Makes you wonder - but I guess it's for God to know and for us to learn the lesson.
    Linda
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  • (2/22/2006 4:03:00 AM)


    Lovely to read and great subject. For those of us who are not blessed/cursed with unerring faith, this just says it all.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx
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  • (11/4/2005 2:01:00 AM)


    I'm not a churchie person re: God and stuff.
    But a very good poem.
    Liz.
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  • (7/13/2005 12:17:00 PM)


    your poem was a good technique and it´s true what you wrotte....
    i used to ask the same question, but know i know why there´s pain and sorrow and poberty for many young and inocent people..... have you heard that God it´s saint and we are all sinners? ? well sin (huge sin like killing someone and 'small' sins, like telling a lie or gossiping) they all have consequences, so pain and poberty is the consequence of ona men´s sin (desobedience: Adam) and our own sins......
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  • (5/23/2005 1:55:00 AM)


    Good one peter. I sometimes ask the same question too, , . Stuff like that, , , makes me a lill skeptic on God's existence. (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2005 11:44:00 AM)


    Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me. Guess I'm not THAT weird then... (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2005 11:44:00 AM)


    Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me. (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2005 7:07:00 AM)


    nicely summed up - some good poetic techniques too. (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2005 2:52:00 AM)


    I don't know a soul who hasn't asked these questions. Brilliantly done as usual Peter.

    Gypsy
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  • (4/17/2005 1:23:00 PM)


    we've all shared this process with Epicurus at some stage, Peter. good work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 17, 2005



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