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James Bradley
 on July 16, 2015

Are Randomness and Faith Compatible?

For Charles Darwin, random variations in offspring were an obstacle to religious faith. But randomness need not challenge religious belief; it can be an effective means of sustaining life.

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For Charles Darwin, random variations in offspring were an obstacle to religious faith. But randomness need not challenge religious belief; it can be an effective means of sustaining life. Randomness in evolution does raise theological problems; however, but the problems are not with evolution per se—a creationist would face the same problems. Rather the problems reside in classical problems of theodicy, and these have plausible responses.