Prehistoric Pain: Dinosaur Suffering and the Evolutionary Hermeneutic

Peter Hess, Ph.D.

Prehistoric Pain: Dinosaur Suffering and the Evolutionary Hermeneutic

Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
August 8, 2013
Buena Vista Community Center
715 East Main Street
Buena Vista, Colorado

Can I believe in a good, omnipotent and omniscient God in the face of evolutionary evil? Why did the dinosaurs and other animals suffer so much pain? The evidence for evolution is so overwhelming that we should at least consider it to be a truth about the natural world. The belief that God created the world makes it easier to understand the workings of the natural world through the senses that were given to us by God. Denying science is a profoundly unsound theological position. Science and faith are but two ways of searching for the same truths. Some questions that will be discussed: If humans were the desired end result of evolutionary history, then why would a good God have initiated a process involving 3.5 billion years of suffering on the part of pre-human animals?; and If the metaphysical premise is of a God that is all-knowing, all powerful and benevolent, then why does suffering exist? These are burning questions that are being debated in both scientific and religious circles and are of interest to many people in today’s society. When science and religion work together, answers can be found and understanding can be achieved.

Presentation is part of the
Collegiate Peaks Forum Series

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