Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

by Robert John Russell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0268027536

ISBN-13: 9780268027537

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

This collection of twenty-two research papers explores the creative interaction between evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophy, and theology. It is the result of the third of five international research conferences co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Rome, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley. The overarching goal of these…  See more details below

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This collection of twenty-two research papers explores the creative interaction between evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophy, and theology. It is the result of the third of five international research conferences co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Rome, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley. The overarching goal of these conferences is to support the engagement of constructive theology with the natural sciences and to investigate the philosophical and theological elements in ongoing theoretical research in the natural sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268027537
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Message to the Vatican Observatory Conference on Evolutionary and Molecular Biology1
Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences2
Evolution and the Human Person: The Pope in Dialogue11
The Evolution of Life: An Overview21
The Hominid Evolutionary Journey: A Summary59
The Phenomenon of the Eukaryotic Cell79
Darwin's Devolution: Design Without Designer101
Evaluating the Teleological Argument for Divine Action117
Teleology Without Teleology: Purpose through Emergent Complexity151
The Immanent Directionality of the Evolutionary Process, and its Relationship to Teleology163
Special Providence and Genetic Mutation: A New Defense of Theistic Evolution191
Neo-Darwinism, Self-organization, and Divine Action in Evolution225
The Thinking Underlying the New 'Scientific' World-views251
Darwin's Revolution in the Origin of Species: A Hermeneutical Study of the Movement from Natural Theology to Natural Selection281
Evolutionary Naturalism and Religion303
Biocultural Evolution: A Clue to the Meaning of Nature329
Biological Evolution - A Positive Theological Appraisal357
Original Sin and Saving Grace in Evolutionary Context377
Darwin's Gift to Theology393
Five Models of God and Evolution419
Beyond Biological Evolution: Mind, Morals, and Culture445
Supervenience and the Nonreducibility of Ethics to Biology463
Playing God with Our Evolutionary Future491
Evolution, Divine Action, and the Problem of Evil511
Contributors531
Name Index533
Subject Index539

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