"I am a Christian theologian. People assume I am supposed to be able to answer that question. I have no idea how to answer that question. If anything, what I have learned over the years as a Christian theologian is that none of us should try to answer such questions. Our humanity demands that we ask them, but if we are wise we should then remain silent. I do think I was writing autobiographically when I wrote Naming the Silences: God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering. The argument of the book against theodicies was hard learned. When Christianity is assumed to be an 'answer' that makes the world intelligible, it reflects and accommodated church committed to assuring Christians that the way things are is the way things have to be. Such 'answers' cannot help but turn Christianity into an explanation. For me, learning to be a Christian has meant learning to live without answers. Indeed, to learn to live in this way is what makes being a Christian so wonderful. Faith is but a name for learning how to go on without knowing the answers. That is to put the matter too simply, but at least such a claim might suggest why I find that being a Christian makes life so damned interesting."
Thoughts here? Benji, I was thinking of this excerpt in light of the link you posted a few days ago to the woman who "disallowed" God from being a part of her home.