He replies: "God does not cause or control tornados, hurricanes, or earthquakes. They are a natural result of climate and the movement of tectonic plates."
"I see." I replied. "So basically one of two things are in play here:
Presented with this dilemma the good Christian was cornered. But in typical theist style he reaches down deep and comes up with this gem:
A believer who recognizes that the planet’s natural disasters are the result of climatic and geologic events is a good thing, a step toward reality. But he couples it with crediting a Supreme Being with creating the planet and all its workings. Thus, when faced with the conflicting dilemma of naturalism and supernaturalism he opts out, abandoning all reason and discourse to a disconnected off point hackneyed platitude.
But, what else could he do? When we use logic and their defective fables against them in debate, they have nothing but faith and foolishness in defense. Well, at least he didn’t invoke "Free Will!!" or cry ”Context!”