Studies on God and the Problem of Natural Evil

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive and one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of our country. When Katrina hit the southern states in 2005, it killed almost two thousand people, caused almost $100 billion in damage, and created untold misery and suffering in the lives of thousands of people.

Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane that caused much damage to cities along the Gulf coast. Cities from Florida to Texas were affected. The greatest amount of death and destruction occurred in New Orleans and Mississippi. After the hurricane moved away, some people in New Orleans looted stores in search of water, food, and other necessities.

During and after the disaster, people began to ask “where was God in this tragedy?” Many people used the devastation caused by Katrina to say that God was a monster who allowed such a devastation to occur.

At the time these events happened, I wrote four essays trying to explain the problem of natural evil. The four studies below are a theological explanation of the problem of natural disaster and the looting of New Orleans.

Not everyone will agree with my conclusions. However, I believe that what I have proposed explains Hurricane Katrina and other problems caused by natural disasters.

In order to follow my argument, it is better to read the studies in the order they are listed.

God and the Problem of Natural Evil:

God and Hurricane Katrina – Part 1

God and Hurricane Katrina – Part 2

God and Hurricane Katrina – Part 3

The Looting of New Orleans

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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