Philosopher Douglas Groothuis doubts that commentator Dinesh D’Souza solves problem of evil via evolution
|June 12, 2012||Posted by News under Darwinism, Religion, News|
In his recent book.
In “Could God Have Created a World Without Suffering?” (Christianity Today, May 28, 2012), Philosophy professor Douglas Groothuis
reviews Dinesh D’Souza’s Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is there a God who cares? Yes. Here’s proof (Tyndale House, 2012), noting that he updates a natural law argument. One to which Groothuis takes exception:
Tackling this topic is a tall order for a short book written by a non-philosopher. I respect much of D’Souza’s political analysis. However, concerning apologetics—despite his native intelligence, clear writing, and wealth of footnoted sources—D’Souza is too often out of his depth. This is particularly evident in this ambitious, but ultimately disappointing, work.
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Given his embrace of Darwinian macro-evolution, he denies a literal, space-time fall of our first parents, while trying to retain some sense of human rebellion against God as having systemically deleterious effects on creation. However, he also claims that God’s creation of a physically fine-tuned world mandates many ills that would plague us even without a fall from grace (such as earthquakes). There seems to be a conflation or confusion of Creation and Fall.
Trying to incorporate Darwinism into Christianity is like trying to incorporate a hog barn into our kitchen. The question isn’t whether it could technically be done, but why on earth are we trying to do it?
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