Chapter

The Eternal Paradox

John C. Avise

in Inside the Human Genome

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393439
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199775415 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393439.003.0001
The Eternal Paradox

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Why do biological imperfections and suffering exist in a world governed by a loving deity? This is the age‐old theodicy dilemma. This chapter examines theological and scientific (evolutionary) viewpoints on the theodicy conundrum as traditionally applied to macroscopic aspects of the human condition. It also examines the history of natural theology and the Creation Science religious movement, including Intelligent Design, and shows how the Darwinian revolution—which followed the Copernican revolution—permitted an alternative (scientific) explanation for the philosophical “problem of evil.”

Keywords: theodicy; natural theology; Copernican revolution; Darwinian revolution; Creation Science; philosophy

Chapter.  12817 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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