God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution

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Westview Press, Mar 25, 2009 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion-as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be-actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s explanation of the relationship between theology and evolution is both accessible and engaging. The second edition of God After Darwin features an entirely new chapter on the ongoing, controversial debate between intelligent design and evolution, including an assessment of Haught’s experience as an expert witness in the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District on teaching evolution and intelligent design in schools.
 

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Contents

BEYOND DESIGN
1
DARWINS DANGEROUS IDEA
13
THEOLOGY SINCE DARWIN
25
DARWINS GIFT TO THEOLOGY
49
RELIGION EVOLUTION AND INFORMATION
61
A GOD FOR EVOLUTION
87
EVOLUTION TRAGEDY AND COSMIC PURPOSE
113
RELIGION ETHICS AND EVOLUTION
129
EVOLUTION ECOLOGY AND THE PROMISE OF NATURE
153
COSMIC EVOLUTION AND DIVINE ACTION
173
DARWIN AND GOD AFTER DOVER
193
CONCLUSION
211
Acknowledgments
219
Notes
221
Index
239
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John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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