But when a bright star falls, we find it easy, respectable, and socially gratifying to share a post in which we register our rage against their sexual misconduct. It is much harder—and less flashy—to pray in private for the abusers and the abused. It is even harder to confess and forsake our own sins.
We humans like to talk about human ingenuity as our own greatest hope. We’re confident that if we work together we can solve society’s worst problems. We’ll even pretend that we can deliver the planet. But we’d also like to keep the argument in our back pocket that when things go badly wrong God should have done something.