Bob’s also an atheist, a product of Catholic grammar school where the nuns must have beat his hand a bit too hard with a ruler. Atheist often like to chide us religious folks (the god fairy believers, as Bob calls them), as to why there is evil in the world if God is so good. Usually they like to appeal to illustrations of children being butchered in some diabolical way and ask why, if God is good, didn’t He intervene in stopping the butchering of children.
Bob has his own theodicy with which to contend from his own worldview. This is usually where the Bob’s in the world become unraveled in their consistency. On the one hand, they wish to embrace the blind, pitiless indifference of Darwinian evolution soaked in red by tooth and claw and disease and suffering, but then want to take seriously the problem of evil and complain against the God of the Bible as committing numerous autrocities.
Do I really need to tell you why I felt terrible for a very long time after my mother’s death? Did you think atheists are inhuman?
When faced with the reality that the consequences of an evolutionary worldview tend to devalue the significance of humanity, the Darwinians rush to rescue evolution by explaining the mechanics of why they believe disease exists in the world. They then explain how atheists are humans at heart and are as equally upset about death and dying as the religious god fairy believers. The problem, however, is the unaddressed disconnect on the part of Darwinians as to why they ought to feel upset at evolution just taking its course upon a young mother of four children who is dying of cancer. Evolution is blind, pitiless and indifferent, why then should we care?
Even chimpanzees grieve over the death of their close relatives. Isn’t that interesting?
Ah, but the Darwinian Bob appeals to the old “monkey see, monkey do” argument. Chimps grieve over the death of a close relative, just like human beings. I’ve not seen any chimp funerals, but drawing this illustration out a step further: Chimps also eat their babies, commit gang rape against females, and cannibalize the bodies of dead rivals. Yet, when humans do these sorts of things, we are outraged, and put the person down. Would Bob have us emulate chimps in these other areas? Why or why not? And therein lies the disconnect. Its one thing to say evolution supplies all the answers to life’s complex problems, and it is quite another to be morally outraged when evolution is just taking its course.