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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28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique
We don't get a love of 'order' from nature - which is thoroughly chaotic
29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 3. Problem of Evil / a. Problem of Evil
Evil comes from good just as often as good comes from evil
Belief that an afterlife is required for justice is an admission that this life is very unjust
No necessity ties an omnipotent Creator, so he evidently wills human misery
29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 3. Problem of Evil / d. Natural Evil
Nature dispenses cruelty with no concern for either mercy or justice
Killing is a human crime, but nature kills everyone, and often with great tortures
Hurricanes, locusts, floods and blight can starve a million people to death
Nature makes childbirth a miserable experience, often leading to the death of the mother