The widespread confidence that medicine will someday “cure” death is a fantasy. The attempt to develop and maintain a medicine so aimed, moreover, depends on the creation of wealth as an end in itself. A social order bent on producing wealth as an end in itself cannot avoid the creation of a people whose souls are superficial and whose daily life is captured by sentimentalities. They will ask questions like “Why does a good God let bad things happen to good people?” Such people cannotP imagine that a people once existed who produced the Psalms. If we are to learn to say “God,” we will do so with the prayer, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir.