"This is a ground-breaking study which faces fearlessly the implications of believing that God creates through the process of evolution, with the consequent suffering caused to animals. Rejecting any explanations which rely on a single-point, historic fall of the universe the author develops a highly original alternative account, taking seriously the meaning of the love of a creator God, that all theologians will need to take a view on. At times provocative, always clear, expert, readable and interesting, this is essential reading for all who want to continue writing theodicies in the modern era of biological science."
– Paul S. Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford, UK
"A thoughtful, original and important exploration of an important theological topic. Dr Sollereder opens up some of the most challenging questions arising from Darwin's theory of evolution, and offers fresh insights and perspectives to her readers."
– Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford, UK
"Rigorously researched, and written with both clarity and passion, Bethany Sollereder’s new book makes a highly creative contribution to a significant and much neglected debate. It will be a vital resource for researchers and students alike."
– Christopher Southgate, Professor of Christian Theodicy, University of Exeter, UK
"In this engaging book Sollereder is "joining a conversation" on evolutionary theodicy that has now spanned a decade or more. She does so with aplomb, with new insights, coherence, courage, and with lively and intelligent interactions with her peers. Spanning a wide theological horizon, Sollereder delves deep into the issues of divine action, the goodness and freedom of creation, the problems of evolutionary suffering, God’s temporality, kenosis, passability and above all God’s love for all of creation. Hers is an account that sees humanity as uniquely capable of love, as uniquely transcending the natural inclinations of the evolutionary process, and God as having loving and saving intentions for all creatures."
– Nicola Hoggard Creegan, co-director, New Zealand Christians in Science and author of Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil
"The question of why there should be evil, suffering and death in a world'supposedly made by a good God is one of the oldest challenges to religious belief there is, and it famously troubled Darwin no end. With great skill and sensitivity, Sollereder reviews the resources available. Instead of providing food for doubt, she argues that evolutionary science leads us in the opposite direction, towards a richer and more inspiring account of a loving, ever-present God. This book doesn’t indulge in the platitudes that so often beset this area, but instead grapples with the problems with sobriety and realism. For all those who have worried, like Darwin, that the world is simply too cruel for religious optimism, Sollereder provides a robust alternative. This book will surely become the go-to resource for this most intractable of all theological problems."
– Mark Harris, Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion, University of Edinburgh, UK
"This book redresses this imbalance by offering a rigorous academic treatment of the questions surrounding God and the suf-fering of non-human animals. Combining theological, philosophical, and biblical per-spectives, it explores the relationship between God and creation within Christian theology."
- Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
"Sollereder offers a stimulating and provocative experiment in rational theological imagination."
- Robert MacSwain, Associate Professor of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, Reading Religion