Friday, August 21, 2009

John Chrysostom: Criticism of Providence is Ad Hoc

It is likewise easy to reduce them to silence independently of this by another tack, namely, from their own words of accusation. I mean, why is it, tell me, that you criticize God's providence? because one person has more money and one less? So what? If we were to demonstrate the equal lot befalling all people in basic matters and far greater ones that constitute our lives, would you concede God's providence?

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Homilies on Hannah, Homily 4, in St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume 1, p. 128 (2003), Robert C. Hill translator.