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((from the one source I’ve not quoted in my essay on evolution and the fall – yet…))

“In man, part of the world has become conscious of itself and consciously responds to its surroundings; in man a new mode of interaction in the world is introduced. Oddly, however, this product of evolution, unlike any other, is strangely ill at ease in its environment, Man alone amongst living creatures individually commits suicide. Somehow, biology has produced a being of infinite restlessness, and this certainly raises the question of whether human beings have properly conceived of what their true ‘environment’ is. In the natural world, new life can arise only from the death of the old, for the death of the individual is essential to the possibility of new forms evolving in the future. To man this is an affront and he grieves over his suffering and his own personal demise.”

-Arthur Peacocke, ‘Biological Evolution and Christian Theology – Yesterday and Today’ in Darwinism and Divinity, Ed. John Durant (Oxford: Blackwell, 1985), 123.