Stephen Jay Gould Analysis

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Stephen Jay Gould is well known for essays in the scientific field, including Nonmoral Nature. Gould illustrates the fact that god does not have all power over creation and the workings of the animal world using real-life examples. He uses many quotes and excerpts from other influential writers to help illuminate, and reinforce his argument. He, along with Darwin leaves the possibility that, there could have been a first creator, but then chance and nature took over. The four main characteristics of ‘God’ are that he is; Omnipotent-all powerful, Omniscient-all knowing; Omni-benevolent-all good, and unchanging. This means that a God would make everything for good, see everything that happens, and never change that everything he does is for good. His thesis, is that if there were a God who was all benevolent, then why would he create such pain, and suffering in the animal world?…show more content…
The counter argument to this though, is that animals do not fall under his jurisdiction and so the brutality that is nature is out of his control. God can only then make humans all good; which is apparent to be untrue (war, rape, murder.) In effect, Gould has showed that there could very validly be no active god. Whichever way a person’s belief systems lean, this paper by Stephen Jay Gould is a very insightful read into one way of thinking. Whether that means it solely educates those who firmly believe in god that there are other views, or it converts a person to non religious views, it is a worthwhile read. Gould shows his view that god may have only created life, not control what it will inevitably do, that portion is left up to evolution and

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