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The former Archbishop of Canterbury gave an interesting comeback to Stephen Fry's God tirade

His reply is deep. Real deep.
Feb 11th 2015, 6:38 PM 4,387 4

STEPHEN FRY CAUSED a BIT of uproar with his answer to a question about meeting God during an interview on Gay Byrne’s The Meaning of Life.

When atheist Fry was asked what he would say to God if he met him at the pearly gates, he said:

I’ll say, bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault?
It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain. That’s what I would say.

The clip went viral, and Fry was forced to defend his response after huge online backlash.


Former Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, Rowan Williams, gave his two cents on Newsnight last night, saying “it would be a very, very stupid and insensitive person who never felt that” anger.

But to me what’s mysterious is the fact that people in the heart of suffering, people who are alongside children with bone cancer still, somehow, maintain a faith, a trust of some kind.
And that has to be mysterious, that has to be something that makes one draw back a little bit from simply saying well ‘it’s all god’s fault and that’s it’. And I’d also rather like to hope that if Stephen Fry actually met god, he’d wait for the reply.

Watch the full clip here.

Source: News Watch/YouTube

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