Stephen Jay Gould Nonmoral Nature

1174 WordsApr 24, 20055 Pages
Evil in Nature and a Benevolent God The idea of the existence of evil in nature many times creates arguments between creationists and scientists concerning not only the design of nature by a creator –God, but the actual benevolence of God. In Stephen Jay Gould's essay "Nonmoral Nature" (1984), he explores this highly controversial issue by posing the question: "If God is good and if creation reveals his goodness, why are we surrounded with pain, suffering, and apparently senseless cruelty in the animal world?" He uses the life span of the parasitic ichneumon wasp to illustrate a scientific view that the concept of evil is limited to human beings and that the world of nature is unconcerned with it. To some degree Gould may be…show more content…
This geological disaster upset the whole balance of nature. The world around us today is reconstructed from the pieces and debris that survived the flood. The impact the flood had on living things and their ecological relationships is still being discovered by scientists. With the passage of time the effects of man's fall have accumulated and clearly taken its toll on nature, however, the scripture assures believers that nature does not operate independently of God. Nature is under His direction (Nehemiah 9:6) and, left to itself, would break down and perish. Because of man's rebellion God had to limit His guidance of the natural world and evil, in the form of Satan, stepped in to systematically try to destroy God's creation. (Johns, Michael). Most scientists would be stunned if someone suggested they consider the role Satan Plays in nature. They would automatically, as a fundamental tenet of modern science, rule out of their study and theories anything relating to the supernatural. Especially, since their whole approach to nature is based on explaining everything on the basis of physically demonstrable forces. To study nature without taking into account the impact Satan has on it is like examining ecology while ignoring man's influence because he has a highly developed conscious intelligence and the rest of life does not (Wheeler, Gerald). Few people would deny the existence of evil, even scientific
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