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How Lonergan helps with the Problem of Natural Evil

Ames, Stephen (2019) How Lonergan helps with the Problem of Natural Evil. Australian Lonergan Workshop III. pp. 1-11. ISSN 978-0-9945013-5-6 (In Press)

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Abstract

One of the reasons people give for not believing in the God the Gospel proclaims is that the world is full of natural evils, such as tsunamis, genetic disorders, extreme weather events, …and they add the vast amount of suffering and death that is intrinsic to living things coming into existence through the processes of neo Darwinian evolution on planet earth.
Such events and processes are often called ‘natural evils’ because they are said to contradict the kind of world you would expect were an all-knowing, all-powerful, wholly good God to create the universe for some purpose. These are ‘natural’ evils distinct from moral evils by which human beings deliberately inflict suffering on each other. This is what I meet from my atheist students and colleagues at Melbourne University in the second-year subject ‘God and the Natural Sciences’. This paper aims to clarify how Lonergan’s work might help us understand why God would create a universe, ex nihilo, and within the universe use evolution to bring new things, especially living things into existence.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Lonergan, natural evil
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Rev Dr Stephen JAH Ames
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 00:54
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 00:54
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3429

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