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Making Sense of Evolution

Making Sense of Evolution
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Making Sense of Evolution

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Evolution makes good scientific sense. The question is whether it makes good theological sense as well. Christians who find evolution contrary to faith often do so because they focus solely on the issues of the world's design and the notion of the gradual descent of all life from a common ancestry. But that point of view overlooks the significance of the dramatic narrative going on beneath the surface. What evolution is has become more important than what it means. Haught suggests that, rather than necessarily contradicting one another, theologians and Darwinian scientists actually share an appreciation of the underlying meaning and awe-inspiring mystery of evolution. He argues for a focus on evolution as an ongoing drama and suggests that we simply cannot--indeed need not--make complete sense of it until it has fully played out. ^Ultimately, when situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense--scientifically

- Publisher John Haught offers a provocative take on how reconciliation between evolution and Christian theology might begin and questions whether the two concepts must be mutually exclusive. Theologically understood, Haught argues, biological evolution is part of a great cosmic journey into the incomprehensible mystery of God. Life, at a level inaccessible to physical science, is an adventure stirred up by a loving God whose promise is a wondrous future for the whole universe. When situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense-scientifically and theologically.

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Evolution makes good scientific sense. The question is whether it makes good theological sense as well. Christians who find evolution contrary to faith often do so because they focus solely on the issues of the world's design and the notion of the gradual descent of all life from a common ancestry. But that point of view overlooks the significance of the dramatic narrative going on beneath the surface. What evolution is has become more important than what it means. Haught suggests that, rather than necessarily contradicting one another, theologians and Darwinian scientists actually share an appreciation of the underlying meaning and awe-inspiring mystery of evolution. He argues for a focus on evolution as an ongoing drama and suggests that we simply cannot--indeed need not--make complete sense of it until it has fully played out. ^Ultimately, when situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense--scientifically
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John Haught offers a provocative take on how reconciliation between evolution and Christian theology might begin and questions whether the two concepts must be mutually exclusive. Theologically understood, Haught argues, biological evolution is part of a great cosmic journey into the incomprehensible mystery of God. Life, at a level inaccessible to physical science, is an adventure stirred up by a loving God whose promise is a wondrous future for the whole universe. When situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense-scientifically and theologically.
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John F Haught

John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology with particular interest in issues pertaining to science, evolution and religion.

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  • Catalogue Code 302867
  • Product Code 9780664232856
  • ISBN 066423285X
  • EAN 9780664232856
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Feb 2010
  • Sales Rank #11425
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

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