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Leviathan: A reflection on ‘natural evil’ and the goodness of creation

 
Leviathan: A reflection on ‘natural evil’ and the goodness of creation
Jonathan Clarke, March 2011
 

 

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Jonathan Clarke PhD is a research geoscientist, a Fellow of ISCAST, and a Director of ISCAST. Canberra ACT act@iscast.org

 

Abstract

We live in a world where natural variability and catastrophic events are often understood by Christians as the result of ‘natural evil’ in a fallen world. The presence of many of these processes over the 3.5 billion years of recorded geological time shows that these are an integral part of the way the world works. Furthermore earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and other catastrophic events also provide fertile soils, mineral deposits, great beauty and other things which Christians accept as blessings of a good creation. In this reflection I suggest that a faithful response to these issues can begin to be informed by an understanding the relationship between God and the monsters in the Book of Job.

 

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