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A beautiful child only a few weeks old suddenly dies of a strange pneumonia in its little bed; cancer or rabies brings anguished death to the innocent - and the needed; normally beneficent fire leaps out in red anarchy and incinerates a family in the night; earthquakes devastate Lisbon or San Francisco; pride of power puts the pistol to the heads of thousands of the noblest sons of Poland in Katyn Forest and tries to shovel them down under from the knowledge of man; Keats dies abandoned by the shallow futile woman he loved, and seemingly ignored and lacerated by the men who rule his day; right seems forever on the scaffold and wrong forever on the throne: How, then, in such a world, can there be a God both all-powerful and all-good?

— E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer  

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