Evolution and Holiness (Strategic Initiatives In Evangelical Theology Series)
Theology needs to engage what recent developments in the study of evolution mean for how we understand moral behavior. How does the theological concept of holiness connect to contemporary understandings of evolution? If genetic explanations of altruism fall short, what...
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Theology needs to engage what recent developments in the study of evolution mean for how we understand moral behavior. How does the theological concept of holiness connect to contemporary understandings of evolution? If genetic explanations of altruism fall short, what role should we give to environmental explanations and free will? Likewise, how do genetic explanations relate to theological accounts of human goodness and holiness?In this groundbreaking work, Matthew Hill uses the lens of Wesleyan ethics to offer a fresh assessment of the intersection of evolution and theology. He shows that what is at stake in this conversation is not only the future of the church but also the fine-tuning of human evolution.
Matthew Nelson Hill (PhD, Durham University) is assistant professor of philosophy in the department of theology at Spring Arbor University. He is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and previously served as a pastor in the Genesis Conference while teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College.
- Theology Needs To Engage What Recent Developments In The Study Of Evolution Mean For How We Understand Moral Behavior. How Does The Theological Concept Of Holiness Connect To Contemporary Understandings Of Evolution? If Genetic Explanations Of Altruism Fall Short, What Role Should We Give To Environmental Explanations And Free Will? Likewise, How Do Genetic Explanations Relate To Theological Accounts Of Human Goodness And Holiness?in This Groundbreaking Work, Matthew Hill Uses The Lens Of Wesleyan Ethics To Offer A Fresh Assessment Of The Intersection Of Evolution And Theology. He Shows That What Is At Stake In This Conversation Is Not Only The Future Of The Church But Also The Fine-tuning Of Human Evolution.
- Chapter 1: Introduction1.1 Introduction To Book1.2 Brief Summary Of Main Chapters1.3 What Is At Stake?1.4 Brief Clarifications Before Main Chapters
- Chapter 2: Sociobiological Explanations Of Altruism2.1 An Introduction To Biological Altruism2.2 Sociobiological Altruism: From Darwin To Dawkins 2.3 Moving Forward
- Chapter 3: Altruism And The Explanatory Limitations Of Evolution3.1 Introduction3.2 The Environment And Its Influence On Human Behavior 3.3 Problematic Language 3.4 Reductionism And Its Relationship To The Explanation Of Altruism 3.5 A Reductionist-driven False Opposition Between Philosophy/theology And Sociobiology 3.6 Conclusion
- Chapter 4: Overcoming Genetic And Environmental Constraints On Altruism 4.1 Introduction 4.2 The Determined Human Person? 4.3 The Human Person As Influenced But Not Determined 4.4 Humans Are Genuinely Free And Consequently Responsible4.5 Conclusion
- Chapter 5: Wesleyan Holiness Against A Backdrop Of Evolution5.1 Introduction5.2 The Quest For Holiness 5.3 Genetic Selfishness And Its Implications For Wesleyan Ethics5.4 Conclusion
- Chapter 6: How Wesley Nurtured Altruism Despite Biological Constraints6.1 Introduction 6.2 Wesley’s Structure And Organization 6.3 How Wesley Understood And Nurtured Altruism By Way Of Holiness6.4 Environmental Constraints That Temper Biological Constraints6.5 Conclusion
- Chapter 7: Conclusions7.1 Introduction 7.2 Brief Summary Of Main Chapters 7.3 Holiness Outside The Wesleyan Community7.4 Practical Implications And Further Explorations 7.5 Conclusion
- Appendix 1appendix 2appendix 3bibliographygeneral Indexscripture Index