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1876: DARWIN’S PROBLEM WITH SUFFERING

1876: DARWIN’S PROBLEM WITH SUFFERING: Darwin was aware of the dilemma between a good God and the observed suffering of living things. He wrote in his autobiography: “A being so powerful and so full of knowledge as a God who could create the universe, is to our finite minds omnipotent and omniscient, and it revolts our understanding to suppose that his benevolence is not unbounded, for what advantage can there be in the sufferings of millions of the lower animals throughout almost endless time?”
Nora Barlow, ed. The autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: with original omissions restored. New York, W.W. Norton, 1969, p90

ED. COM. Darwin wrote his autobiography in 1876, although it wasn’t published until after his death. It was originally included in The Life Letters of Charles Darwin published by his son Francis in 1887. There were many omissions from the original manuscript, most of which seem to be at the request of Emma Darwin, his deeply religious Unitarian wife and all of which seem “designed” to make Darwin appear the acceptable English Church supporting gentleman. (Ref. theistic evolution, Scriptures Genesis, philosophy, world-view)

Evidence News, 16 December 2009

 

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