Charles Darwin (1809–1882) rejected Christianity after the death of his daughter.
“Annie’s cruel death destroyed Charles’s tatters of beliefs in a moral, just universe.
This very old argument from the existence of suffering against the existence of an intelligent first cause seems to me a strong one; whereas, as just remarked, the presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection.”Why does God’s grand design require creatures with teeth designed to crush spines or rend flesh, claws fashioned to seize and tear, venom to paralyze, mouths to suck blood, coils to constrict and smother—even expandable jaws so that prey may be swallowed whole and alive? Nature is in Tennyson’s vivid phrase, ‘red [with blood] in tooth and claw,’ and life is a carnival of blood. Nature is ‘red in tooth and claw.’ It’s a horrible world. If your God does exist, He must be a sadistic ogre.” Below, we see how Templeton’s questions can be answered by a proper understanding of biblical history. Terrible but true, the suffering among wild animals is so appalling that sensitive souls would best not contemplate it.
Templeton is not the first person to talk like this. Richard Dawkins (1941– ), one of the world’s leading living antitheists, also uses animal suffering as an argument against God: We shall stay with the idea of a planner, a designer, but our planner will be a moral philosopher rather than an economist. Darwin knew whereof he spoke when he said, in a letter to his friend Hooker, “What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low and horribly cruel works of nature.” The memorable phrase “devil’s chaplain” gave me my title for one of my previous books, and in another
The bereaved might console themselves with, “He had a good innings, and it was time to go”, or words to that effect.It is hard to see why this should be so and we may therefore guess that gazelles suffer horrible pain and fear when they are pursued to death—as most of them eventually are. Huxley, had it partly right, “If our hearing were sufficiently acute to catch every note of pain, we would be deafened by one continuous scream.”For an atheist to complain that the Christian God is ‘evil’, he must provide a standard of good and evil by which to judge Him.The total amount of suffering per year is beyond all decent comprehension.” Actually, although most atheists prefer the emotion-tugging tragic examples, the case is even stronger. But if we are simply evolved pond scum, as a consistent atheist must believe, where can we find an objective standard of right and wrong?by Dr Jonathan Sarfati The origin of death and suffering is vitally important in defending Christianity, and many people use the present suffering and death as an excuse not to believe.So it is vital to have an answer―such a justification of God’s goodness in the face of evil is known as a The big picture is that Adam’s sin is the reason for all the death in the world.
Over a decade ago, evil terrorists struck the Twin towers (11 September 2001), murdering 3,000 people.