NPR interviewed Rabbi Kushner as a part of a series called The Long View. My ears perked as I listened to him discuss God and omnipotence:
What I realized is, Where did we ever get the notion that worshiping power was the greatest compliment we could play to God? Why is power the most admirable virtue? If I, walking through the wards of a hospital, have to face the fact that either God is all-powerful but not kind, or thoroughly kind and loving but not totally powerful, I would rather compromise God’s power and affirm his love.
Amen! Amen! Not only is omnipotence not a biblical category, at least not a static one, is is theologically empty for those who grieve and suffer and pastorally empty to those who minister to them. Denying that the biblical God is an omnipotent God is not a rejection of God’s power, but of a kind of divine power poorly evident in the world in which we live. There’s more, but I won’t spoil it for you. Read NPR’s summary here, or listen to the interview here.
For more from Kushner’s on this subject, check out his book When Bad Things Happen to Good People. For an academic discussion on this same subject, check out Jon Levinson’s Creation and the Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence.