Quote: Darwin’s Problem with Suffering

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Darwin’s problem with suffering: Darwin was aware of the dilemma between a good God and the observed suffering of living things. In 1876 he wrote in his autobiography

“A being so powerful and so full of knowledge as a God who could create the universe, is to our finite minds omnipotent and omniscient, and it revolts our understanding to suppose that his benevolence is not unbounded, for what advantage can there be in the sufferings of millions of the lower animals throughout almost endless time?”
Nora Barlow, ed. The autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: with original omissions restored. New York, W.W. Norton, 1969, p90

Editorial Comment: Darwin wrote his autobiography in 1876, although it wasn’t published until after his death. It was originally included in The Life Letters of Charles Darwin published by his son Francis in 1887. There were many omissions from the original manuscript, most of which seem to be at the request of Emma Darwin, his deeply religious Unitarian wife and all of which seem designed to make Darwin appear an acceptable English Church supporting gentleman. (Ref. theistic evolution, Scriptures Genesis, philosophy, world-view)

Evidence News, 16 December 2009

Charles Darwin was a bright young theological graduate, but by the end of his life he had turned his back on God, denied that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and declared Scripture to be "manifestly false". What happened?
Read the Creation Research article The Descent of a Man. PDF here

Darwin’s writings, including several editions of the Origin of Species and his many other books and articles which are available from The Complete Works of Charles Darwin

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