Why did a good God use brutal evolution to create the earth?
In Genesis 1 however, at the end of each day the Bible states that God saw that his creation was good. However, evolution appears to be anything but "good" in the benevolent sense that we interpret the word.
Evolution is full of violence and death, predators ruthlessly hunting and killing prey, untold suffering and death just so that the very fittest may survive in the context of their natural selection. For all the abject human misery the cholera bacterium causes, we can hardly blame it for trying to pass on its DNA, survive and evolve the only way it knows how to.
So how is the often violent, uncaring and arbitrary process of evolution reconciled with a good and loving God? Couldn't he have chosen a better method by which to create life on earth (eg as recorded in Genesis 1)?
Isn't the best argument creationists have against Christians who accept evolution that evolution by definition is an extremely unpleasant and painful way by which to advance life? The evidence is all for evolution and natural selection. So unless God is a God who loves blood, suffering and violence, I think the science of origins excludes b y definition any belief in a benevolent, good, loving Creator. Christianity and evolution are incompatible. The best option is atheism.
I'd like to hear what Christians who accept Darwinian evolution as scientific fact have to say about this.
("Creation Science" folk - don't bother, please stay away from this, nothing you say ever ends up making any sense.)