A Dictator God

When life is particularly difficult, or we encounter some grievous tragedy and consequently tend to want God to come in and manipulate and change what is going on, regardless of the visible consequences of our free will, all we need to do is read a novel by a writer who is a manipulator, who controls characters, denies them their freedom, to realize that (no matter how terrible life can sometimes be) we do not want a dictator God. 

Madeleine L’Engle, “Introduction” to Dorothy Sayers’s The Mind of the Maker, pp. xix-xx


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