Richard Mouw, Barry Cytron, Patricia Hampl, Et Al. —
Where Was God?

Great religious minds reflect on tragedies surrounding September 11, 2001. As America moves beyond raw emotion and religious sentiment, this program explores theological and spiritual reflection for the long haul. A gathering of provocative reflections across a broad spectrum of faith, woven together with evocative sound and music.

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Richard Mouw

is a Christian philosopher and president of Fuller Theological Seminary

Barry Cytron

is director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning

Patricia Hampl

Poet and author of A Romantic Education and Virgin Time

Linda Loving

Pastor at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota

Dan Grigassy

is a Franciscan friar and professor of liturgy, Washington Theological Union

Cynthia Eriksson

is a clinical psychologist at the Headington Program in International Trauma

Anthony Ugolnik

Ukrainian Orthodox priest and professor of English literature at Franklin and Marshall College

Joan Dehzad

is an Episcopal deacon and executive director of the Institute of New Americans

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Father Christopher Keenan (center) participates in the funeral for New York Fire Department chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge outside St. Francis of Assisi Church on September 15, 2001. Judge was killed while giving last rites at the scene of the World Trade Center attacks in New York.

Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

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The question "where was God?" was well answered by saying he was with us, he suffered with us, and his compassion was demonstrated through us.

The question "why did God let this happen?" should be followed with a consideration on "what if he didn't let it happen?"

If God prevented the suffering of the innocent, it would then stand to reason that He condones the suffering does happen. Thus any suffering one person may inflect on another becomes justified and sanctioned by God.