1. For thousands of years, the Christian faith has claimed that the world became a harsh environment of intense suffering and death only after the first humans rebelled against God.
2. We can know that the above event never happened because every field of science has increasingly demonstrated in great detail for the past two centuries that the “natural evils” were built into the normative functionality of the cosmos for billions of years: meteors, disease, tornadoes, earthquakes, predation, tsunamis, death, volcanoes, birth defects, droughts, hurricanes, etc.
3. Since a “fall” or “decline” of humankind from a peaceful and harmonious state into disarray and strife definitely did not occur, there is no epic need for salvation, a terrible calamity leading to new levels of human suffering was not caused by some dramatic human wrongdoing, and thus one of Christianity’s major foundations is empty.
4. We humans encounter difficult problems, but these are finite challenges – not part of a cosmic dilemma that a god must help us to solve.