How Do We Explain Evil: 1999 Brown Lecture Series | First Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX

How does one explain suffering and evil? It is a perennial, universal question, the answer to which is cloaked in mystery. Start with the premise that human suffering is poignant, but not a philosophically serious problem if there is no God. If the Universe came into existence on its own and if life arose in a primordial pool of RNA, then life is what life is. Humans act as they act in accord with the genes that nature gave them. Some humans are good and some are bad, some are kind and some are cruel, but there is no moral issue, just as there is no moral issue when a wolf kills a deer or a hawk kills a squirrel.