The Biological Antecedents of Human Suffering

Authored by: Ursula Goodenough

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch22

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Abstract

Where does suffering come from? Why do we suffer? If deities are all-powerful and loving, why do they condone the suffering of the innocent? Responses to such questions have been reached using philosophical and religious insights, but recent scientific inquiry offers up helpful understandings as well, understandings that are important to include in any full consideration of the suffering phenomenon.

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