Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective
Philip Clayton, Jeffrey Schloss
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 4, 2004 - Religion - 339 pages
Christians frequently resist evolutionary theory, believing it to be incompatible with the core values of their tradition. But what exactly are the tensions between evolution and religious faith in the area of human morality? Evolution and Ethics examines the burning questions of human morality from the standpoint of Christian thought and contemporary biology, asking where the two perspectives diverge and where they may complement one another.
Representing a significant dialogue between world-class scientists, philosophers, and theologians, this volume explores the central features of biological and religious accounts of human morality, introducing the leading theories and locating the key points of contention. Central to these discussions are the questions of whether human actions are ever genuinely selfless, whether there is something in the moral life that transcends biological function, and whether one can sensibly speak of an overall purpose to the course of evolution.
Certain to engage scholars, students, and general readers alike, Evolution and Ethics offers a balanced, levelheaded, constructive approach to an often divisive debate.
Craig A. Boyd
Michael J. Chapman
S. Mark Heim
David C. Lahti
Thomas Jay Oord
Gregory R. Peterson
Peter J. Richerson
Philip A. Rolnick
Holmes Rolston III
René van Woudenberg
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Explaining the Prosocial Side of Moral Communities
Hominid Failings An Evolutionary Basis for Sin in Individuals and Corporations
The Leverage of Language on Altruism and Morality
You Have Heard but I Tell You A Test of the Adaptive Significance of Moral Evolution
Evolution and Divine Revelation Synergy Not Conflict in Understanding Morality
Darwinian and Ideological Explanations Are They Incompatible?
Thomistic Natural Law and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology
The Good Samaritan and His Genes
A CrossSection of Sin The Mimetic Character of Human Nature in Biological and Theological Perspective
Falling Up Evolution and Original Sin
Morals Love and Relations in Evolutionary Theory
Darwins Problems NeoDarwinian Solutions and Jesus Love Commands
Biology and Purpose Altruism Morality and Human Nature in Evolutionary Perspective
List of Contributors
Is There an Evolutionary Foundation for Human Morality?
The Darwinian Moral Sense and Biblical Religion
action adaptive affection for advantage affection for justice Alexander altruistic behavior animals Aquinas argued Arnhart beliefs biological biologists Boehm brain Calvin Cambridge capacity cause chimpanzees Christian claim common complex conflict cooperation cultural Darwin Darwin fish Darwinian David Sloan Wilson Dawkins E. O. Wilson environment EP explanations evolution evolutionary ethics evolutionary psychology evolutionary theory evolved existence fact function genetic goal God's group selection Hebrew human behavior human morality human nature hypothesis inclusive fitness individual Jesus kin selection Matt Michael Ruse mimetic moral code natural law natural law morality natural selection nonhuman norms one's organisms origin Oxford University Press perspective philosophical primates question reason reciprocal altruism relations religion religious reproductive Richard Richerson Samaritan Schloss scientific Selfish Gene sense share Sober and Wilson social control society sociobiology species strategy teleological theology things tion traditional tribe York
Page 60 - ... the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.
Page 54 - These poor wretches were stunted in their growth, their hideous faces bedaubed with white paint, their skins filthy and greasy, their hair entangled, their voices discordant, and their gestures violent. Viewing such men, one can hardly make oneself believe that they are fellow-creatures and inhabitants of the same world.
Page 60 - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
Page 29 - Blind to the fact that under the natural order of things, society is constantly excreting its unhealthy, imbecile, slow, vacillating, faithless members, these unthinking, though well-meaning men advocate an interference which not only stops the purifying process but even increases the...