The previous chapter raised problems for a divine designer but evolution also questioned the goodness of God in that there was much competition, waste and needless suffering. Darwin’s loss of faith was basically concerned with this problem and today it still remains a major obstacle to belief. In this chapter it is important to see if the model of God as the cosmic scientist helps to resolve the presence of evil in the divine laboratory. The model is based on the cosmic order shown in the regularity and intelligibility of the universe, allowing the scientist to perceive patterns which need explanation. The amazing thing is that our minds are tuned to discern them and describe the laws. It is true of course that knowledge of the laws changes and that they imperfectly reflect the regularities.
KeywordsMoral Courage Moral Evil Natural Evil John Hick Cosmic Order
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