The arrogance and hypocrisy of Stephen Fry

So Mr Fry, you are judge, jury and executioner for God because some people get cancer, or illness; because God allows suffering.  I am reminded of your character Melchet sentencing Blackadder to death for killing his favourite pigeon.

You assume that God can do anything and so he must be able to prevent all cancer and suffering, and therefore He must be evil to allow it.  What trivial thinking from a man purported to be intelligent. What arrogance to presume to be worthy to judge.

Can God make a square circle?  Of course not, and it’s silly to suggest that he can.

Can God make a universe that spawns intelligent, purposeful life without any pain or discomfort?  Of course not, and it’s silly to suggest that he can.

So should God not have bothered?

Would you, Mr Fry, rather live, love and die with pain in your life or not live at all?  You have a choice, and your daily choice seems to be continue to live.

Whenever you get into a car Mr Fry, you risk running over an innocent child, inflicting anguish on their parents.  You cause actual damage to the ecosystem of the planet, and consequential pain and suffering in those less privileged than yourself.  You choose to damage your fellow human beings when you actually do have an alternative.

You convict God for allowing suffering, should you not be lambasting the Ford motor company for creating machines that cause such carnage?  It is impossible to make a car that does not risk causing death and damage to the planet, yet we all choose the benefit and accept the consequence.

Do you not feel a hint of hypocrisy in living as you do and yet criticising the one who has given you the opportunity?



About Minimalist Christian

Phil Hemsley is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He works for a multinational company in the power industry, has presented technical papers at international conferences and holds many patents. He has published two books, the most recent is "The Big Picture, an Honest Examination of God Science and Purpose". He has lived on both sides of the faith fence. He is married, with two daughters.
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1 Response to The arrogance and hypocrisy of Stephen Fry

  1. As a parent, you could prevent your child from grazing their knee by never letting them play. You could protect them from harsh words by keeping them away from other people. They never need fear disease, because you keep them indoors, away from human or animal contact. And they can never make a bad decision, because you make all decisions for them.

    But we don’t do this. As loving parents, we accept that our children have to grow and that this process will, from time to time, be painful for them or for us.

    The notion of God as parent is a poor analogy, I accept. But God allowing us to fail and suffer is truly His greatest gift to us. By allowing us to fail and suffer, He also allows us to succeed and enjoy. The argument that this is somehow bad is laughable. Such reasoning from an A-level philosophy student might be considered disappointing; from Fry, it suggests – as you say – he’s more faux than intellectual.

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