In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion-as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be-actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s explanation of the relationship between theology and evolution is both accessible and engaging. The second edition of God After Darwin features an entirely new chapter on the ongoing, controversial debate between intelligent design and evolution, including an assessment of Haught’s experience as an expert witness in the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District on teaching evolution and intelligent design in schools.
Haught (theology, Georgetown U.) suggests that both sides of the debate over evolution and creation are lacking the notion of novelty, which he characterizes as a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of divine Mystery. He shows how Darwin's portrayal of life provides a fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Beyond Design 1
Darwin's Dangerous Idea 13
Theology Since Darwin 25
Darwin's Gift to Theology 49
Religion, Evolution, and Information 61
A God for Evolution 87
Evolution, Tragedy, and Cosmic Purpose 113
Religion, Ethics, and Evolution 129
Evolution, Ecology, and the Promise of Nature 153
Cosmic Evolution and Divine Action 173
Darwin and God After Dover 193