- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
Groaning under the Curse
Groaning under the Curse
- (p.141) 24 Groaning under the Curse
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author explores the problem of evil after seeing exhibits about Adam and Eve's disobedience during his visit to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Designed and built by the Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum presents the young-Earth view of biblical exegesis and science. Its centerpiece is a labyrinth leading guests through Genesis 1–11. The museum is a thought-provoking enterprise that has much to teach us about modern creationism. Many of the exhibits relate to science in general and to evolution in particular, but the museum is primarily devoted to a particular view of the Bible. The author considers the problem of evil from the point of view of Christianity before turning to a discussion of two fundamental distinctions: the first is between the “logical” and the “evidential” forms of the argument and the second is between “moral evil” and “natural evil.” He also tackles the idea that the sorts of natural laws leading to Darwinian evolution are the only ones that could have fulfilled God's purposes.
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