Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Monday, October 10, 2005

It's Thessalonica, not Thessalonia, Pat

Yesterday in the Adult Sunday School class, a question was raised about the recent hurricanes and earthquakes and God's role in it all. This morning there is a news article quoting Pat Robertson's assertion that the recent events could mean that we are living in the end times. While I never like to take the road of arrogance and say that Pat is absolutely wrong, I would ask Pat and others to think about the history of our planet. We've had an Ice Age. Since we no longer live in an Ice Age, there must have been some significant global warming. South America looks like it could fit right next to Africa, leading most scientists to say that a long time ago there was one land mass over all the earth and that the shifting of plate techtonics caused the land masses to split. The shift of plates causes earthquakes. Furthermore, when two plates collide, one plate must go up and one must go down. The plate that is forced up forms mountains. The point being - when you look at the history of our planet and force a perspective that is much larger than 100 years, one will discover that earthquakes and hurricanes, as horrible and damaging as they are, have been active for a very long time. Pat may be right, we may be living in the end times. But if we are faithful, does it matter?

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