This thought occurred to me after reading this entry (and the comments) on Marie's blog.
So it's not a new idea that part of the explanation for evil/sin in the world and God's apparent reluctance to stop it is that God loves us so much that he has given us free will. Our free will to choose him is the most important thing, in fact, more important than protecting an innocent from the evil free will of an attacker or criminal. God, empirically speaking, seems unwilling to restrict anyone's freedom, even the Hitlers and janjaweeds and rapists of the world, because of this overriding, loving, value of free will.
But does this not make God a kind of divine or spiritual anarchist?
an·ar·chy (ăn'ər-kē) n., pl. -chies.
Absence of any form of political authority.
Political disorder and confusion.
Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.