Stephen Fry has an argument with God. In an interview he was asked what would he say to God as he approached the pearly gates. Fry’s response was, “Bone Cancer, children? How dare you?” Of course, he is referring to the vexing issue of Theodicy: If God is so good, if God is all powerful, how come there is so much evil in the world? He went ahead and clarified that if they were pagan gods who never claimed to be love, he would not complain, or at least not much.
Let me state that I am a huge fan of Stephen Fry. I have watched all his documentaries, his movies, his television stuff, and read his books. But I am also a very critical Christian thinker that never lets any shot go unfired and any accusation against God go unchallenged. If we embrace merely for the sake of discussion the Ex Hypothesi (aka – the existence of God) and we go even further and embrace the God to whom Fry is accusing, whom Christians claim is Love itself, then maybe we should hear this God’s defence.
God: So Stephen, since you have made this damning accusation against me, would it be fair for me to respond?
Fry: More than fair. As a matter of fact I was hoping you would say just that because I really do want an explanation.
God: Being a man of literature I am sure we don’t need to rehash the book of Job, so I will go at this from another angle.
God: So let us talk children.
Fry: Please, let’s do.
God: You were given a great talent at birth and have become wealthy in the process. You gave in the course of your life to over 30 charities. To this you are to be commended.
Fry: Thank You.
God: But I noticed on the list only a few were given to children. Since your accusation to me has been over children only, then all of this begs the question, “Why did you not give to 30 children’s charities?” You had the means, you had the influence, there is no denial of that. And yet you did not. So in effect, could not one say that you also claim to be a loving and creative person as me and yet given the opportunity to give on a quantitative basis to more children you did not even give enough to the children of the world as I did. Is this not true?
Fry: I don’t have the scope and tally of all the children of the world at my disposal that you have to do the math on that one.
God: True. But you did have the money and fame at your disposal. When one of your charities Kids Company closed in August of 2015 because of lack of money, could you have done more to keep it open? Also, in 2016 you told child abuse victims to get over it and stop feeling sorry for themselves and to grow up. I could go on if you like.
Fry: No. But what is your point?
God: My point Stephen is that you are a hypocrite. You say, “How dare you?” Well, I say, “How dare you?” You had multiple chances to do so much more for children that you say I allowed to endure the horror of bone cancer. But you did not. The not doing is not hypocrisy. It is the not doing and then blaming others for not doing. Even your number one hero Oscar Wilde said, “The moment of repentance is the moment of initiation.”
Fry: I am not one to argue with Wilde, nor am I one that never said he had no hypocrisy in his life. It’s just that you are not who I was raised to think you were. In other words, you are not who I are thought you were. You have none of the all encompassing compassion of the Jesus of the gospels to allow this kind of needless suffering to go on.
God: You are not the person I thought you were either Stephen. For you have none of the all encompassing compassion of Bob Geldof to allow this needless suffering to go on. I suggest you accuse less and do more.
Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One
RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA on Jan 28, 2015
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