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Stephen Jay Gould is professor of Geology at Harvard University where his field of interest centers on the special evolutionary problems related to species of Bahamian snails fortunately thats not what his essay Nonmoral Nature is about Gould has become well known for his essays on science essays not only written with the clarity needed to explain complex concepts to a general audience but also informed by a superb scientific understanding His books have won both praise and prizes Nonmoral Nature concerns itself with a supposedly highly controversial issue the religious reading of natural events Gould has frequently given testimony at legislative hearings in which creationists have insisted that the Bibles version of creation be taught in science courses as scientific fact Gould opposes this position because he views the account of creation in Genesis as religious not scientific He points out that Charles Darwin the scientist he most frequently praises did not think there was conflict between his theories and religious beliefs to add Darwin was also trained as a minister Goulds primary point in this selection is that the behavior of animals in nature with ruthless and efficient predators inflicting pain on an essentially helpless prey has presented theologians with very exacting problems if God is good and if creation reveals his goodness how does one account for the suffering of natures victims As a person with different beliefs and faith I could dismiss this controversy in the blink of an eye however for the sake of understanding others positions and beliefs as well as taking admiration to Goulds rhetoric lets investigate the works presented in Nonmoral Nature
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