New Orleans: what’s religion got to with it?

ATW is the epicentre of its own storm at the moment, around the theological implications of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans. Peter, who comments on the blog, alluded to an erudite piece by Scottish born Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, in which he raids the historical reactions to the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, contrasts the non religious outlook of Voltaire and those of John Wesley and other contemporary religious leaders of the time. He sides with the former.