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APRIL 9, 2003 · In Iraq, some American troops have described the sights and sounds they've witnessed as "hell on Earth." Over the past few days, many of those in combat have seen dead bodies for the first time. Lt. Col. Ken Brown, a chaplain with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, is at a camp in southern Iraq, with young soldiers who have seen some of their comrades wounded or killed. This is Chaplain Brown's War Diary entry, about what he says to soldiers when they come to him to talk about death.
You're not going to be able to explain the problem of evil or suffering or pain to someone when they're in the midst of it. Philosopher-theologian Anicius Boethius, who lived in the fourth century, once said about the problem of evil and suffering that it was much like a fairy tale. That God was writing straight with crooked lines, that even when we cannot see the justification and the need for the things that go on, even though they may appear crooked to us, that God was writing with straight lines.
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