Ideas from 'Nature and Utility of Religion' by John Stuart Mill [1874], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Existence of God' (ed/tr Hick,John) [Macmillan 1964,0-02-085450-1]].

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29. Religion / F. Problem of Evil / 4. Natural Evil
It is especially unfair that nature rewards those with benefits (health) and hurts those with disadvantages (poverty)
Natural disasters like famine can't be divine justice because their consequences are too indiscriminate
When we desire and believe in the possibility of justice in another world, we are admitting the injustice of this world
The only reasonable conclusion from the evidence is that God desires human misery
If human beings performed the horrible actions that nature performs, they would be rightly punished