Biology and Christian Ethics

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Overview

This book mounts a profound enquiry into some of the most pressing questions of our age, by examining the relationship between biological science and Christianity. The history of biological discovery is explored from the point of view of a leading philosopher and ethicist." "What effect should modern biological theory and practice have on Christian understanding of ethics? How much of that theory and practice should Christians endorse? Can Christians, for example, agree that biological changes are not governed by transcendent values, or that there are no clear or essential boundaries between species? To what extent can 'Nature' set our standards? Stephen R. L. Clark takes a reasoned look at biological theory since Darwin and argues that an orthodox Christian philosophy is better able to accommodate the truth of such theory than is the sort of progressive, meliorist interpretation of Christian doctrine which has usually been offered as the properly 'modern' option." "Orthodox Christianity and sensible biological theory alike can agree that we are sinners, that every individual is an end in itself, and that the true values to which we should direct ourselves transcend the needs of survival.
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'I much enjoyed reading this book, and appreciate its discursive, at times almost meditative, sweep - with the occasional ironical turn that acts as a barb on the reader's conscience.' Simon Conway-Morris, University of Cambridge

'Highly impressive … beautifully written.' The Times Literary Supplement

'On almost every page of this thoughtful book there are distinctive, challenging and creative insights.' Theological Book Review

'Clark's book offers a unique and original contribution to the literature. While one may not agree in every respect with the final position that he elaborates, his witty, engaging and thought-provoking account is well worth taking seriously.' Theology and Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521567688
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics Series , #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

General editor's preface
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The development of Darwinian theory 9
2 Moral and metaphysical assumptions 58
3 Trying to live in nature 94
4 The biology of sin 140
5 Human identities 187
6 The goals of goodness 241
7 The end of humanity 258
8 The covenant with all living creatures 283
9 Conclusion: cosmos and beyond 301
Index 320
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