Stephen Fry, asked what he would say if he were confronted by God, replied:
“How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. “It’s utterly, utterly evil.
“Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”
It is hardly a new challenge to Christians of course, but the intelligent if controversial Mr Fry made the mistake of uttering it publicly in 2015……in the Republic of Ireland. Surprisingly (or not) the Defamation laws there include blasphemy – and his remarks could now fall foul of them, risking a fine of 25,000 euros.
Good God, you say! But he doesn’t. Isn’t that his right?