Philosophers, Be Careful What You Ask For

Michael Peterson in Evil and the Christian God, quoted in Ronald Nash, Faith and Reason, discussing the problem with questioning the created natural order:

When the critic requires “only a small change” in the present set of natural laws in order to avoid their gratuitous evil consequences, we might not realize how great a change is involved. Since almost all natural objects are capable of producing harmful as well as beneficial results, virtually all natural laws would have to be modified, with the correlative modification of all natural objects. Even the slightest modification may produce manifold and intricate differences between this present natural order and the envisioned one. The whole matter becomes so complex that no infinite mind can conceive of precisely what modifications the envisioned natural world would have to incorporate in order to both preserve the good natural effects and avoid the . . . evil ones.

In other words, critics, skeptics, and atheists, be careful what you ask for. Yours is an idea that may not be any better, but rather worse, in the first place.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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