This is scandalous. Instead of preventing evil, God has chosen to use it against its will. He has chosen it to instruct us. His use of evil, and his method for defeating it, are shocking. And yet they are his means for bringing joy from sorrow, gain from loss, life from death. Why? It is all about the power he has given us to choose.
Noah was a righteous agnostic? Who knew? Christian readers will be fascinated to learn about two agnostics in Genesis, one righteous, the other not. For Christians, Riskin's argument also evokes the unease deliberately provoked by the New Testament epistle of James and its emphatic assertion that "faith without works is dead."