The Taser's Edge


The Gospel of the Absurd

Why Evil? Why Sin? Why the Fall? Why Suffering? Why Death? Evil is absurd, Sin is absurd, the Fall is absurd, Suffering is absurd, and Death is absurd. But the message that God became human, suffered, and then died is the out-Absurding of all these things.

1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

What’s the difference between foolishness and absurdity? Perhaps there is none, but perhaps there’s something to be learned from existentialism. And certainly there’s something to be learned from those who suffer: So my suffering is unending and God’s response is not to end it but to also suffer?!

Paul may call the Gospel ‘foolish,’ whether you believe it or not you may call it ‘stupid,’ but ‘absurd’ captures it even better for me.