Some time back, I was looking up some Intelligent Design folks on the web, which took me to William Dembski’s website. He is usually touted as a mathematician, but has a second Ph,D in theology, and teaches in a seminary. His website has one or two math papers, and scores of articles on Christian theology and ID. Fun stuff.
Here is a piece that tackles the problem of natural evil. The problem, if you recall, is why an omnipotent and benevolent God allows natural disasters that cause us suffering. Human evil can be blamed on us, not God, but what about earthquakes and floods?
According to Dembski, the root of natural evil also lies in the Fall – Adam’s transgression in the Garden. But Dembski is an intellectual, not a hick, so he doesn’t buy into young earth creationism. The earth, along with its tendency towards catastrophic convulsions, was created long before man. How could the effect precede the cause, then?
Well, God being omniscient, had foreknowledge of the original sin. The rest follows by application of divine pedagogy, a la Pat Robertson. He wanted to erect a nature that would mirror the corruption and evil in us, so that we are chastened sooner and learn the error of our ways. God practiced pre-crime!
On this holy weekend, as we remember and repent the killing of our savior, let us not lose sight of a fact no less important than the Resurrection.
The dinosaurs died for our sins too!!
Sorry T-Rex. We owe you a chocolate statue.