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UPDATE: “The Groaning of Creation” Chapter 7 – Part II

 

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Should we interfere whenever an outbreak happens to an animal species that drives it to the point of extinction, or should we let Nature take its course and not interfere?  

 

We have come to the end of Christopher Southgate’s book The Groaning of Creation.  We will have one final meeting coming up to summarize our final thoughts of the book.

 

In this session we discuss the impact of human overpopulation and if humans should or ought to intervene when an animal species is on the brink of extinction.

 

Here are our essays.

 

 

Chapter 7: “Ethical Proposals and Conclusion” – Part II

 

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Should we work to prevent mass extinctions from happening, or at least lessen its rapid acceleration, or should we let it be and let Nature take its course?

 

We come to the end of the book as we finish off Chapter 7 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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UPDATE: The Groaning of Creation: Chapter 5 – “Heaven for Pelicans? Eschatological Considerations – Part I

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God’s covenant with animals.

 

This past Sunday we completed the first half of Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

Here are our essays.

 

UPDATE: The Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 1 “Introduction”: Part II

 

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Is God Responsible for extinctions that happen throughout nature?  Does he cause them? Is there something good that can come about through the extinction of a species?  Or is it a total waste?

 

Yesterday, we discussed how extinction may not be a total loss, the role of humans in God’s creation, an eschatological ‘need’ for redemption, a response to Ivan Karamazov, and whether or not God played a direct role in the evolution of homo sapiens.

Our response are here.

 

 

 

 

“The Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 1 “Introduction”: Part II

 

Above is a reading from a scene between Ivan (a skeptic) and his religious brother Alyosha from Fydor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov regarding the difficulty of believing in a loving God in the face of the abuse and suffering of innocent children.

 

Though Southgate’s book focuses primarily on the suffering of animals, he uses the illustration above in this chapter to convey his thesis that “[T]he crux of the problem is not the overall system and its overall goodness but the Christian’s struggle with the challenge to the goodness of God posed by specific cases of innocent suffering.”

 

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