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A Question Of Philosophy

Rating: 4.8

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
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Rita El Khoury 05 May 2005

Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me. Guess I'm not THAT weird then...

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Rita El Khoury 05 May 2005

Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me.

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Linda Preston 18 April 2005

nicely summed up - some good poetic techniques too.

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Scarborough Gypsy 18 April 2005

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

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Andy Konisberg 17 April 2005

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

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Marcondes P 25 June 2016

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.

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Ben Gieske 21 November 2007

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

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Robert Howard 26 July 2007

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.

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Linda Ori 24 March 2006

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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Anna Russell 22 February 2006

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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