Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Natural Evil and the Love of God

Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Natural Evil and the Love of God

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If one is convinced by the extensive evidence that God chose an evolutionary process to create the world, suffering and death have always been part of God's good creation. But would that be a good creation? Would such be consistent with Genesis 3 and Romans 8, to have death precede the presence and sin of human beings? Is suffering from the beginning among God's creatures consistent with the Apostle John's proclamation that God loves the cosmos that he has made?

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These questions are felt acutely. Readers of this journal saw Wilton Bunch's article on such challenges last September. Christopher Southgate carried forward the conversation in the December issue, and Denis Lamoureux in the March issue after that, the most recent. Our former ASA president, Keith Miller, published as well in PSCF, a trenchant analysis entitled "'And God Saw That It Was Good': Death and Pain in the Created Order" (63, no. 2 [2011]: 85-94). Indeed, Miller has continued to pursue this important conversation and recruited James Stump to help. Their encouragement and expert review spurred three articles in this issue. …

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