Nature Red In Tooth And Claw: Theism And The Problem Of Animal Suffering

Paperback | March 15, 2011

byMichael Murray

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While the problem of evil remains a perennial challenge to theistic belief, little attention has been paid to the special problem of animal pain and suffering. This absence is especially conspicuous in our Darwinian era when theists are forced to confront the fact that animal pain andsuffering has gone on for at least tens of millions of years, through billions of animal generations. Evil of this sort might not be especially problematic if the standard of explanations for evil employed by theists could be applied in this instance as well. But there is the central problem: all ormost of the explanations for evil cited by theists seem impotent to explain the reality of animal pain and suffering through evolutionary history. Nature Red in Tooth and Claw addresses the evil of animal pain and suffering directly, scrutinizing explanations that have been offered for such evil.

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While the problem of evil remains a perennial challenge to theistic belief, little attention has been paid to the special problem of animal pain and suffering. This absence is especially conspicuous in our Darwinian era when theists are forced to confront the fact that animal pain andsuffering has gone on for at least tens of millions ...

Michael Murray is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). He received his BA at Franklin and Marshall College, and his MA and PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Problems Of and Explanations for Evil2. Neo-Cartesianism3. Animal Suffering and the Fall4. Nobility, Flourishing, and Immortality: Animal Pain and Animal Well-Being5. Natural Evil, Nomic Regularity, and Animal Suffering6. Chaos, Order, and Evolution7. Combining CD's

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"This book offers an overview of theistic attempts to reconcile the existence of the suffering of non-human animals with the exsistence of the God of classical theism -- the omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good creator of the world. It is clearly written and comprehensive... Over thecourse of his book, Murry develops a powerful argument." --T. J. Mawson, MIND