Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology  -     By: Alister E. McGrath
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Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology

Wiley-Blackwell / 2011 / Paperback

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Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural theology examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design. A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by a world-renowned scholar whose expertise touch every branch of theological discipline.

  • 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

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 1444333445
ISBN-13: 9781444333442
Availability: In Stock

Author Bio

Alister E. McGrath is Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, and Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College, London. A world-acclaimed theologian, he is the author of numerous books including Christian Theology, 5th edition (2011), The Christian Theology Reader, 4th edition (2011), Science and Religion, 2nd edition (2010), Theology: The Basics, 2nd edition (2007), and Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004).

Editorial Reviews

“McGrath is a masterful teacher and this volume is asbrimming with knowledge and insight as his manyothers.”  (Modern Believing, 1 January2014)

“The writing in Darwinism and the Divine is clear,elegant, and well informed throughout, is distinguished by abalanced and nonpolemical style, and is a pleasure to read. Everychapter in this rich volume includes extensive endnotes guiding thereader to further study." (Journal of the American Academy ofReligion, 16 January 2014)

“These criticisms notwithstanding, McGrath’sDarwinism and the Divineis a well-written, lucid work that willoccupy a prominent place as an apologetic for Christian theism inits dialogue with the larger scientific community.” (International Journal of Public Theology, 1 May2013)

“Furthermore, this work is a rare pleasure to read for itsclarity and remarkable level of scholarship across multipledisciplines.  Consequently, I have no hesitation inrecommending this book to anyone interested in how the debates overDarwinism relate to the ongoing and evolving goals and methods ofnatural theology.”  (The Way, 1 October 2012)

“These features, together with the author’saccessible writing style, mean that this book can not only be readcover-to-cover in a straightforward and engaging way, but can alsobe used as a text book to enable more detailed study of the variousaspects of this important and relevant subject.” (Evangelical Quarterly, 4 October 2012) 

“Whether these arguments are effective is a matter formore philosophic minds, but if this book brings new ideas into ascience–religion conversation that often consists ofrepetition of the same essential themes, then all scholars ofscience–religion are beneficiaries.”  (Journalof the History of Biology, 2011)

"But I think that the chief merit of both of these books lies intheir parallel analyses of natural theology, specifically thesignificance of scientific knowledge for resolving theologicalissues." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 December 2011)

"McGrath (King's College London) offers an excellent examinationof Darwin's theory of evolution vs. Creationism/intelligent designwithin the context of natural theology. . . The writing is clearand readable with a wealth of documentation. Recommended.Upper-level undergraduates and above; interested general readers."(Choice, 1 October 2011)

"While readers familiar with the subject will find few new ideasin these sections, the material is presented in McGrath's usualreadable style and so will be helpful in providing an introductionto the reader new to the subject and in providing a helpfullyfocused summary for the person who has already begun to explorethese ideas. " (Methodist Recorder, 22 September 2011)

"But if one had to choose between them, I would recommend thebook under review. It presents a synthesis of much of his thinking,supported by richly informative documentation that, in range andvolume, is little short of astonishing." (Science & Education,2011)

"The prolific theologian argues that Darwin's own faith andworldview allowed for complexities and intricacies in theintersection of faith and science." (Publishers Weekly, 8 March2011)

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