Stephen Jay Gould And Friedrich Nietzsche

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Religion Verses Nature If God is good and if creation reveals his goodness, why do nature’s victims suffer? Is God dead? These are the questions that the two essays from Stephen Jay Gould and Friedrich Nietzsche ask and attempt to answer. Stephen Jay Gould was a well-known professor of geology, zoology and curator of invertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Gould feels that animals are too complex to be compared to humans and deciding what is good and evil. Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most influential German philosophers. Nietzsche feels as though God is dead and the commitment to religion is contradicting instincts of nature. In Stephen Jay Gould’s essay “Nonmoral Nature” he feels that human beings should not be compared to animals when it comes to morality. Charles Darwin was an English naturalist trained as a minister, which Stephen Jay Gould mentions in his teachings. Charles Darwin famously known for his theory of branching pattern of evolution did not see conflict between his theories and religious beliefs. Gould feels that just like Darwin humans should separate that of scientific fact from religious beliefs and morals. (Gould 636) Theologians in the nineteenth century would disagree with Stephen Gould but that is only because their thought process was different. Nineteenth century theologians anthropomorphized such predators which made them look evil as if they were human beings acting out brutality, when in

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