Divine Retribution? Japan Quake, Tsunami Resurface God Debate

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week has renewed an age-old debate over God's role in a natural disaster. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said Monday that the calamity that hit his country was "tenbatsu," or divine punishment, for the wickedness of the Japanese people. "We need a tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time," he said. "I think the disaster is a kind of divine punishment, although I...Full Story
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