I sometimes wonder about the apparent discrepancy that exists between the Christian account of death and that of modern evolutionary biology. According to the first, death is a consequence of sin, and it is through sin that death entered the world. (Romans 5:12-19) But according to modern biology there were all kinds of species living, dying and going extinct long before Homo sapiens appeared on the cosmic scene.
To resolve the discrepancy, one could say that the kind of death which is a consequence of sin only pertains to human beings, and so the death and extinction of animals and species prior to humans would be something natural and proper to the kind of creatures they are. But many theodicies seem to operate under just the opposite assumption; namely, that the pain and suffering we see in animal life is a result of the "aboriginal calamity" of man.
Any ideas about this?