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Author McGrath, Alister E., 1953-

Title Darwinism and the divine : evolutionary thought and natural theology / Alister E. McGrath

Publ Info Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 PC-DHS Wash. DC  211 M147    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  BL183 .M335 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note "The Hulsean lectures, 2009."
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Part I. Conceptual Clarifications: On the Meaning of Terms: 1. Natural theology: a deeper structure to the world; 2. Darwinism: a narrative of evolution -- Part II. Historical Exposition: Darwin and the English natural theology tradition: 3. English natural theology of the Augustan Age, 1690-1745; 4. A popular classic: William Paley's Natural Theology (1802); 5. Beyond Paley: shifts in English natural theology, 1802-52; 6. Charles Darwin, natural selection, and natural theology -- Part III. Contemporary Discussion: Darwinism and Natural Theology: 7. A wider teleology: design, evolution, and natural theology; 8. The concept of creation: reflections and reconsiderations; 9. Universal Darwinism: natural theology as an evolutionary outcome? -- Part IV. Conclusion: 10. The prospects for natural theology
Note "Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design. Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection really shook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transform and illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in 19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background to William Paley's famous and influential approach to natural theology, set out in 1802 Brings together material from a variety of disciplines, including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitive science of religion Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and asks whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and bestselling author"-- Provided by publisher
"There remains a widespread perception that Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection marked the demise of any viable Christian natural theology - most notably, that of William Paley. But did Darwinism really shake such fundamental beliefs to the core? Or did Darwin's "dangerous idea" instead serve to transform and illuminate our views on the relation between the natural world and the divine? Darwinism and the Divine presents a detailed examination of the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the publication of On the Origin of Species more than a century-and-a-half ago through to the present day. Integrating and extending the latest scholarly research from across a wide variety of disciplines, world-renowned theologian Alister E. McGrath first explores the forms of natural theology that emerged in England from the late 17th century until 1850, showing us how these views were affected by the advent of Darwin's theories. McGrath offers the most detailed account of the intellectual background to William Paley's natural theology currently available, and offers an informed assessment of the impact of Darwin on such approaches. He then considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology. Journeying well beyond On the Origin of the Species, Darwinism and the Divine offers a scholarly and thought-provoking consideration of the co-existence of natural theology with Darwinism in today's world"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Natural theology
Faith and reason
Evolution (Biology)
Evolution (Biology) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882. On the origin of species
Paley, William, 1743-1805. Natural theology
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