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Solving Darwin’s Problem of Natural Evil

  • James P. SterbaEmail author


Charles Darwin questions whether conflicts between species palpably captured by the conflict between Ichneumonidae and the caterpillars on which they prey could be compatible with the existence of an all-good, all-powerful God. He also questioned whether the suffering of millions of lower animals throughout our almost endless prehistory could be compatible with an all-good, all-powerful God. In this paper, I show that these two problems of natural evil that Darwin raised in his work can be resolved so as to present no objection to theism once it is recognized what the moral principles are that should govern our relationship to the natural world and analogously should govern God’s relationship to the natural world.


Charles Darwin Natural evil Biocentric Anthropocentric 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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