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4.0 étoiles sur 5a thoughtful, honest treatment21 février 2009
Par Matthew Marston - Publié sur Amazon.com
In this book, Christopher Southgate addresses the "problem of evil" with particular attention to evolution. He notes that evolution necessarily includes pain, suffering, death, and exctinction as part of the process. How does someone who confesses the goodness of God respond to this? Southgate attempts his answer in this book.
Along the way, Southgate helpfully critiques other proposals (i.e. process theology, creationism, intelligent design, de Chardin), and interacts with a wide variety of thinkers, all in clear writing and with a charitable spirit. For instance, Southgate believes that God suffers with creatures and employs "kenosis" as an important part of his constructive moves. But he carefully interacts with critics of these two theological positions and refines his own views as a result. After describing his approach to creation, Southgate outlines the role of humanity before ending with some concrete ethical proposals.
For anyone interested in this subject, this is a helpful book. I found Southgate's honesty, his willingness to ask the difficult questions, and his own modesty extremely refreshing. I imagine everyone who reads it will be challenged in some deep ways, but will find the book well worth their attention.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Reconciling animal suffering and a good creation28 mars 2014
Par Paul R. Bruggink - Publié sur Amazon.com
In this helpful book, Christopher Southgate tries to see how God can be both worthy of worship and the creator of a world that includes so much suffering, with a focus on animal suffering.
In addressing the question, “Why did God choose to create this universe with these laws and constants, knowing they would then make neo-Darwinian evolution unavoidable,” Southgate opts for the “only way” or the “best way” argument. He accepts the unprovable assumption that an evolving creation was “the only way that God could give rise to the sort of beauty, diversity, sentience, and sophistication of creatures that the biosphere now contains” (p. 16). He develops this argument by discussing God’s co-suffering with creation and the expectation that God will compensate the victims of evolution in the coming new creation.
Throughout the book, Southgate helpfully interacts with the views of other authors. His book ends with the pros and cons of, and proposals for, human intervention into the environment in order to save species from extinction.
Southgate’s book is accessible to the any reader. Scholarly pieces of discussion have been left to the end notes, resulting in fifty pages of end notes for 133 pages of text. Unfortunately, the text is identified at the top of each odd-numbered page by chapter names, and the endnotes are identified only by chapter numbers, deliberately making the endnotes even more difficult to find. The book also has a twelve-page index.
This is obviously not a book for Young Earth Creationists, since an old earth and evolution are presumed. It is accessible even for those without expertise in biological sciences or systematic theology. I recommend this book for Christians who are struggling with how to integrate biological evolution into their Biblical faith
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5.0 étoiles sur 5A wise book4 août 2014
Par M. Neuman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Other reviews on Amazon call The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution, and the Problem of Evil, helpful. I agree. It makes a positive and insightful contribution to the discussion of the relationship of science and faith. Author Christopher Southgate, a research fellow at the University of Exeter, England, explores the ambiguity of evolutionary creation that is at the same time "very good" (Genesis 1:31) and predatory and extinguishing of species -- a place and state of pain, suffering, and death. Careful in building his case, Southgate proposes steps for human beings to take to make this a better world.