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Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Nicola Hoggard Creegan


This book examines the problem of evil, given animal suffering, disease, and extinction and the violence of the evolutionary process. Evolutionary theory has deconstructed the primary theodicy of historic Christianity, the Adamic Fall, while scientific work on animals has only increased our appreciation of animal sentience and their capacity for suffering. The book responds to this new theodic challenge in three ways. First, it argues that nature can be understood as an interrelated mix of the perfect and the corrupted—the wheat and the tares; at times the good is glimpsed, but never easily or ... More

Keywords: Animals, theodicy, suffering, evolution, God, cooperation, sentience, death, evil, fall

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola Hoggard Creegan, author
Laidlaw College