Andrew Copson on BBC Asian Network
In response to the Haitian earthquake, which has caused fatalities of perhaps tens of thousands of people and left many with no shelter or clean water and the capital city in ruins, Presenter Nihal asks “Does God exist?” Andrew Copson was invited to take part on the daily radio show for the BBC Asian Network.
You can listen to the programme for 7 days on BBC iPlayer. The BHA’s new Chief Executive, Andrew Copson, is on at 12:50 and again at 20:50.
Andrew says it is obviously true that people are comforted by thinking that things happen for a reason, but that terrible disasters like this fatally undermine belief in a good and just god. In response to the assertion by one caller to the programme that god was demonstrating his superiority as a lesson to us to live better, he said that was as if a parent whose child was misbehaving beat his other child to death to teach his naughty child a lesson and that this was hardly behaviour one would call ‘good’.
He also says that it was not gods that would help the victims of the Haiti earthquake but good men and women who will give their time, money and compassion to helping them.
Listen to the Nihal show (available for 7 days on BBC iPlayer).