When evil deeds visit the earth, humans do their best to try and understand. The biggest question on people’s lips is, why?

Last week, 20 kids, first-graders mainly 6 and 7 years old, were gunned down in Newtown, CT. Six adults were also killed. The gunman was a 20-year-old man. In the wake of this devastating tragedy, many people invoked religion to explain and to cope. “Evil has visited this town.” “…indescribable violence, unconscionable evil…” “God has called them all home.” “May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in His heavenly place.” (These last 3 were part of President Obama’s speech December 15th speech in Newtown).

So we are returned to that eternal question that plagues all diety-driven religions: Why does God allow evil?