Presentation Title

A-2 An Analysis of the Relationship between God’s Benevolence and Animal Pain in Theistic Evolution

Presenter Information

C. Adelina Alexe, Andrews University

Presenter Status

PhD Student, Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy

Location

Buller Room 108

Start Date

8-11-2012 5:12 PM

End Date

8-11-2012 5:24 PM

Presentation Abstract

Theistic evolution suggests that God created animal and human beings through a long process of evolution. An evolutionary creation, however, implies that pain and death are inherent in the process, since creatures fight each other in their struggle for survival and new species arise through adaptations involving extinctions. This raises a stringent question: How does the presence of animal death before the appearance of human beings reflect on the character of God? In this paper I seek to explore, analyze, and critique the justification of God’s benevolence evolutionary theologians offer corollary of their view of origins.

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A-2 An Analysis of the Relationship between God’s Benevolence and Animal Pain in Theistic Evolution

Buller Room 108

Theistic evolution suggests that God created animal and human beings through a long process of evolution. An evolutionary creation, however, implies that pain and death are inherent in the process, since creatures fight each other in their struggle for survival and new species arise through adaptations involving extinctions. This raises a stringent question: How does the presence of animal death before the appearance of human beings reflect on the character of God? In this paper I seek to explore, analyze, and critique the justification of God’s benevolence evolutionary theologians offer corollary of their view of origins.