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By John F. Haught

In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the continuing debate among Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is essentially misdirected: each side persist in concentrating on a proof of underlying layout and order within the universe. Haught means that what's missing in either one of those competing ideologies is the idea of novelty, an important component to evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine secret. He argues that Darwin’s aggravating photograph of lifestyles, rather than being antagonistic to religion-as clinical skeptics and lots of believers have idea it to be-actually offers a so much fertile surroundings for mature mirrored image at the concept of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s clarification of the connection among theology and evolution is either available and fascinating. the second one version of God After Darwin features a completely new bankruptcy at the ongoing, debatable debate among clever layout and evolution, together with an evaluate of Haught’s adventure as knowledgeable witness within the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover quarter tuition District on instructing evolution and clever layout in schools.

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What need is there for God if nature, when given enough time, can do the work of designing life all by itself? In his revolutionary book, On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin had already portrayed natural selection as a pitiless but nonetheless effective engineer of life’s creations. Although he was for a time perhaps somewhat tormented by his findings, Darwin eventually arrived at the conclusion that the older theological notion of “creation by design” no longer had explanatory serviceability.

19 We cannot divorce our understanding of the fact of biological evolution from its larger cosmic context or from the history of the universe as a whole. In the light of today’s astrophysics we have to account not only for life but also for the physical and cosmic conditions that made life possible in the first place. Among these conditions is the existence of carbon and other heavy elements essential to the complex makeup of living beings. These elements were not yet present in the early universe, which featured an abundance of hydrogen and helium; so if we are to understand the remote origins of biological phenomena, we need to review the process that eventually brought the chemical conditions for life into existence in the first place.

Is the evolution of the universe and of life determined solely by a blind and mindless set of mathematical rules? Does the impersonal notion of “natural selection” provide us with a sufficient explanation of life’s creativity? Is there no discernible directionality to evolution? Does evolutionary science adequately explain human existence, our place in the universe, and the reasons for our moral and religious behavior? Does neo-Darwinian biology give us the “ultimate” explanation of life? qxd 18 5/17/07 10:59 AM Page 18 2 DARWIN’S DANGEROUS IDEA If we listen to Dawkins and Dennett, we are led to believe that Darwin’s scientific legacy provides so total an account of life that it removes any need for appeal to theological explanation at any level of understanding.

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