OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
“I was suggesting that the Christian worldview is powerful because more coherent, philosophically, than alternative worldviews. Whether I personally continue to believe in it would not alter its coherence.”
Worldviews as abstract doctrines and sets of propositions may be more or less coherent. But, as a lived matter, I don’t buy the claim that Christianity is more coherent than any other worldview. Empirically, Christianity is highly varied. So, I would disagree that coherence is the source of strength—though I think that following Jesus can make a consistent life possible, it is not a determined outcome, but a matter of ongoing effort.
“Should God intervene physically every time somebody did something or incurred something that involved pain? Can you imagine what sort of world that would be like?”
My point is that I don’t think God intervenes in a supernatural way. After Haiti, I didn’t ask myself: “Where was God?” Or “Why did God do this/allow this to happen?” Etc. These are questions that presume God is sovereign. I do not hold such a position. I just don’t think that God is separate from events. God, it seems to me, is both immanent to everyday life and transcendent in relation to everyday life; but God is not separate or distinct from creation.