An “Anthropic” Theodicy: Where There Is a Loving, All-powerful God, Must the Natural World Be as Violently Destructive of Life as Our World Is?

Natural disasters such as earthquakes spread misery, especially affecting the most vulnerable. How God allows this to happen remains a major obstacle to people’s faith. Could it be these are a necessary part in keeping a planet like the earth habitable?
This presentation will explore the following argument:
1. Humans with rational free agency can exist only in a law-governed universe where the behavior of physical objects is predictable.
2. In law-governed universes, only planets with plate tectonics can support advanced animal life (including humans).
3. Therefore, humans with rational free agency can exist only on planets with plate tectonics.

David D. Allred
Lex Newman