Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Hardcover | May 27, 2013

byNicola Hoggard Creegan

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Nicola Hoggard Creegan offers a compelling examination of the problem of evil in the context of animal suffering, disease, and extinction and the violence of the evolutionary process. Using the parable of the wheat and the tares as a hermeneutical lens for understanding the tragedy and beautyof evolutionary history, she shows how evolutionary theory has deconstructed the primary theodicy of historic Christianity - the Adamic fall - while scientific research on animals has increased appreciation of animal sentience and capacity for suffering. Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil responds to this new theodic challenge. Hoggard Creegan argues that nature can be understood as an interrelated mix of the perfect and the corrupted: the wheat and the tares. At times the good is glimpsed, but never easily nor unequivocally. She then arguesthat humans are not to blame for all evil because so much evil preceded human becoming. Finally, she demonstrates that faith requires a confidence in the visibility of the work of God in nature, regardless of how infinitely subtle and almost hidden it is, affirming that there are ways of perceivingthe evolutionary process beyond that "nature is red in tooth and claw."

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Nicola Hoggard Creegan offers a compelling examination of the problem of evil in the context of animal suffering, disease, and extinction and the violence of the evolutionary process. Using the parable of the wheat and the tares as a hermeneutical lens for understanding the tragedy and beautyof evolutionary history, she shows how evolu...

Nicola Hoggard Creegan is Senior Lecturer in Theology, and Dean of Graduate School at Laidlaw College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931844

ISBN - 13:9780199931842

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Animals in the Garden of Eden2. Human, Animals and Death Revisited3. Animal Suffering-philosophical responses4. Animal Suffering-theological responses5. The Best of all Possible Worlds?6. The Wheat and the Tares: Re-Imagining Nature7. A Picture Held us Captive8. New Dynamics in Evolutionary Theory9. Dualism or Tares in Evolutionary History?10. The Fall and Beyond11. Concluding Animal EthicsEpilogueNotesIndex