God on Trial

Recently, In two columns, God on trial and The inner light of a man, I mentioned the BBC film, God on Trial (this is different from Elie Wiesel’s play). The scene above is the culminating argument made by a rabbi, condemning God. The film is actually a series of powerful dialogues on faith. In Losing my religion, the movie’s script writer, Frank Cottrell Boyce, described how he wrote the script. It’s a thoughtful essay on religion, and writing.


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  1. The Lord Jesus Christ, who was the only truly “innocent” and “righteous” man in all history, nevertheless has suffered more than anyone else who ever lived.

    • Carl on April 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    What if the Judaeo-Christian concept of God were off the mark?

    • ramrod on April 13, 2009 at 12:00 am

    They say that there are three things you should avoid talking about because no good will ever come out of it:

    1. Salary
    2. Religion
    3. Politics

    I tend to agree, but its awfully tempting to do so…

    • Madonna on April 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    God I think is neither good nor bad, just or unjust. Men only project their very nature on God.

    Yet, God or what we conceive of as “God” needs to be put on trial every now and then. As Job did and as these men in the movie did. In that way, God will be always be relevant and accessible to us.

    • Naomi on May 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Evil is outside God’s domain that’s why we can’t blame the Omnipotent God for its existence. He’s still the Omnipotent God because there is no other Being who can remove evil in this world.

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