UPDATE: Over at Choice in Dying, ex-Anglican priest Eric MacDonald analyzes Harrell’s nonsense, calling it “contemptible special pleading”—and worse.
I can’t resist dealing with evolutionary theodicy again, for BioLogos has just put up a LOLzy two-minute video showing the Reverend Daniel Harrell explaining exactly why God used natural selection to accomplish His aims. Here it is; below it I’ve transcribed the important bits:
The amount of death and waste that evolution requires was a big stumbling block for a lot of Christians who began to dig into it . . . Why all this waste or death?
And one of this things that was so helpful to me was this realization of how death is part of the character of God. That it is—his supreme expression of love is an act of death: that he gives himself fully for the sake of us, whom he loves. And inasmuch as he does that through Christ—you see an analogy to that sort of in evolution, that all of this is spent by God, you know, for the sake of life, as we come to enjoy it and appreciate it. . .
It’s just a different thing, because we expect that what God do would be just to do everything as we would do it if we were God, you know, perfectly, and in just this straight row. But in fact what we have is, you know, a God who does things in ways we would never expect. Why would you ever save the world by becoming human and dying yourself? So, all the more—why would you ever create a world that exists, as it does, through dying and in a sense giving yourself (obscure)?
So, you know, these kinds of analogies are helpful to me because you’re able to see, you know, that theology can be writ large upon the biological narrative, even though that’s something that science itself would never write.
His supreme expression of love involves a monkey being eaten alive by chimpanzees? What kind of love is that?
When I see stuff like this, I realize that there is no limit to how tortuously the human mind can twist itself into knots to make everything in the world comport with a ludicrous faith. It’s positively Orwellian how they can turn horror and death into manifestations of God’s love. Haven’t they ever realized that it’s a lot easier to assume no god at all? Or how stupid they look when they talk like this?