Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology

Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology

Author(s): Alister E. McGrath

Published Online: 20 APR 2011 09:33AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781444333435

Online ISBN: 9781444392524

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392524

About this Book

Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On theOrigin 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

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Conceptual Clarifications: On the Meaning of Terms

  2. Part II: Historical Exposition: Darwin and the English Natural Theology Tradition

  3. Part III: Contemporary Discussion: Darwinism and Natural Theology

  4. Part IV: Conclusion

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