“My posture is, particularly in the monotheistic traditions, that God is typically described as being all-knowing, all-powerful and all good.
“Yet, I look back through history and, in particular, the earthquake in Lisbon, in 1755, 80,000 people died.
“That earthquake took place on All Saints Day, in the morning, when most people in Lisbon – the holiest city in Europe – were in church.
“Churches were the largest structures of the day, if you have an earthquake what’s the first building to collapse? The ones that are the largest, most susceptible, so people died in churches.”