Back to Darwin: The Scientific Case for Deistic Evolution

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Rowman and Littlefield, 1994 - 434 Seiten
The author addresses the major points of disagreement between science and religion, so as to be able to obtain a unified view of the rise of life. Contents: PREFACE: Creation vs. Evolution: The Modern Debate; The Deistic Roots of Modern Darwinsim. PART I: THE IMPLAUSIBILITY OF NON-THEISTIC EVOLUTION: Spontaneous Generation; Mutations; Species and Speciation; Natural Selection; God and the Nature of Perfection; The Fossil Record. PART II: DIRECTED EVOLUTION: Weak Orthogenesis, Opportunism, the Lamarckism; Evolution and the New Genetics; Self-Organization and the Prospect of Directed Evolution; On the Role of Natural Processes in the Creation. Part III: A THEOLOGICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR THE EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS: The Reality and the Necessity of Evolution as a Cosmic Process; The Legitimacy of Moderate Anthropocentrism; The Morality of Evolution. PART IV: DEISTIC EVOLUTION AND MODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY: Supernatural Naturalism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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Preface
1
Spontaneous Generation
31
Mutations
68
Species and Speciation
97
Natural Selection 1 17
117
God and the Nature of Perfection
190
The Fossil Record
210
Weak Orthogenesis Opportunism and Lamarckism
237
On the Role of Natural Processes in the Creation
314
The Reality and Necessity of Evolution as a Cosmic
325
The Legitimacy of Moderate Anthropocentrism
365
The Morality of Evolution
372
Deistic Evolution and Modern Philosophical Theology
387
Supernatural Naturalism
394
Conclusion
402
Bibliography
417

Evolution and the New Genetics
263
SelfOrganization and the Prospect of Directed Evolution
303

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Über den Autor (1994)

M.A. Corey received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School, where he studied theology and the philosophical relationship between science and religion. He is the author of several books including God and the New Cosmology (UPA, 1993).

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