Monday, September 17, 2007

The Trial of God

One of my favorite pieces of literature of all time is Elie Wiesel's play The Trial of God. It's very intense, very deep, very theologically challenging, and very, very, good.

Today, in a lighter vein, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers has announced he is suing God, "seek[ing] a permanent injunction ordering God to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats." Though the point is to make a statement about frivolous lawsuits, Chambers has gone ahead and filed the case.

I've always thought it would be a neat law review article to try and tease out the various procedural and substantive questions that might be raised by a "trial of God." More of a fun-piece than a tenure-piece, but you never know: even the perfect crime article saw its day in court.

1 comment:

PG said...

I think a suit against God has been done before. Certainly there's a famous case about a suit against the devil, which I believe failed on jurisdictional grounds.