I’m sure this may be proposed somewhere. Nevertheless, I’ve been toying with this recently.
It seems that one of the main objections raised about evolution is death before the fall. Evolution, whether we take the pitiless, undirected tack of Dawkins or our more Christian angle of God working indirectly on the course of things through secondary processes & co, there is that aspect of death before a fall. Of course, if there was no death, the garden would fill up with bacteria in a short time, and so it could be argued that at least bacterial death is good. So one argument I have heard before is that the creation is good and if God required a plan B when Adam sinned, then this would mean that the creation was not good. Moreover, death (before the fall) to soon join the creator seems maybe good in a strange way. I am sure there are issues with such arguments, but that is what I have encountered on addressing the issue of death before the fall.
I was thinking about another angle on this recently. We come to accept (usually begrudgingly) that the bad things that happen in our lives are for our own good. Certainly, the events themselves can be personally quite devastating and can really rattle our faith. We are quite fortunate that most of us never really have to go through bitter tragedy and most of the bad things that happen to us are maybe seriously damaging to career, advancement, expectations, or relationships, but we walk away with our health and a chance to start over at the very least.
We marvel when someone keeps their faith, even though they endured suffering terrible tragedy. In the long run, such people will sometimes say that God was with them and they (in the long run) can see God working in their lives despite such events. We are moved to see people of faith resist power in favor of following Jesus (and pay a bitter price). Rarely does that come with a happy ending. Still, we trust that God knows, God hears, and somehow we will understand in the end, even though we cannot see it clearly.
Yet it seems we expect that God cannot do the same when we watch a pack of wolves bring down a deer. So, this makes me wonder; if we really trust that God is in all things, that our steps really are ordered, why can we not assume that God had a plan behind all this craziness of evolution; even though we cannot see it clearly and there are many things that don’t make sense.
I know some on the list are not so persuaded that our steps are ordered, and (as a physicist) I understand some of the problems with such assertions. However, whether Arminian or Calvinist leaning, somehow the Christians on this list usually believe something of God influencing all things in some obscure and unexplainable way. Somehow, suffering is not merely gratuitous and an arbirary lottery.
So I thought maybe this is something that is worth discussing, though I have no idea where it will go.