Ethics and the Problem of Evil

2017.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James P. Sterba, Ethics and the Problem of Evil, Indiana University Press, 2017, 171pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253024312.
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2017.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James P. Sterba, Ethics and the Problem of Evil, Indiana University Press, 2017, 171pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253024312. Reviewed by Michael Ruse, Florida State University Almost twenty years ago, I wrote a little book on the relationship between Darwinism and Christianity (Ruse 2001). I had thought, before I began, that one of the biggest issues would be with the problem of evil. How could an all-powerful, all-loving God, allow evil? Charles Darwin himself worried about this one. Early in 1860, about six months after the Origin of Species was published, he wrote to his good friend the American botanist Asa Gray: " I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice" (Darwin 1985, 8, 224). To my surprise, as with the... . . .

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