I have never seen Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, stray into theological speculation before, so this struck my attention:
SO I’M READING GREG BENFORD’S REWRITE, and it gave me a thought about the theological implications of the “many worlds” version of quantum theory. Theologians have worked on the problem of evil, but I think the many worlds theory either makes it go away entirely, or maybe makes it worse. On the go away entirely side, under many worlds you don’t have to worry about why God lets evil happen, because God lets absolutely everything happen. And it kind of evens out: Maybe you die of pediatric cancer in one universe, but in another you’re a billionaire rock star who lives to 90, or a saint. (On the other hand, on the “make it worse” side, everybody dies of pediatric cancer, or worse, in some universe or another). Somebody’s probably worked all this out somewhere, but it was a new thought to me.
Go here to comment. I don’t see the problem myself. Assume for a moment that the multiverse concept is true, a vast assumption indeed, and there are infinite variants of each of us in these universes, each variant would still have an individual soul, and be responsible for their own sins and virtuous acts. A Donald R. McClarey in another multiverse who is a great saint would have no impact on my spiritual fortunes in this universe, and likewise a Donald R. McClarey in some misbegotten multiverse who is, shudder, a Democrat member of Congress could thankfully not impose a spiritual anvil on me. The idea of “Bearded Spock Universes” I have always found fascinating, but I see no theological quandaries in the concept.