Purpose in the Living World?: Creation and Emergent Evolution

Purpose in the Living World?: Creation and Emergent Evolution

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by Jacob Klapwijk
     
 

Are evolution and creation irreconcilably opposed? Is "intelligent design" theory an unhappy compromise? Is there another way of approaching the present-day divide between religious and so-called secular views of the origins of life? See more details below

Overview

Are evolution and creation irreconcilably opposed? Is "intelligent design" theory an unhappy compromise? Is there another way of approaching the present-day divide between religious and so-called secular views of the origins of life?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521493406
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures viii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Does life on earth have a purpose? 4

1 A quest for meaning 4

2 Planned approach 7

2 Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Augustine's idea of time 9

1 Creation and creationism 9

2 Life based on an intelligent design? 12

3 A bridge between science and faith? 20

4 Creation stories and their practical intent 28

5 Augustine: time is a creature of God 32

3 Darwin, neo-Darwinism, and the naturalistic continuity claim 37

1 Darwin's theory of evolution: the CVST algorithm 37

2 Evolution theory and evolutionism 41

3 The ambiguity of naturalism 44

4 Continuity and reducibility? 46

4 Miller's pre-biotic broth and the premises of evolutionism 53

1 Origin of life: a category mistake 53

2 Survival of the fittest: a tautology 59

3 Evolution of science: a performative contradiction 65

5 A cold shudder along Darwin's back 71

1 The durability of biological species 73

2 Gradualism and punctuated equilibria 75

3 The ancient lithographic bird 77

4 God, time, and taxonomy 84

6 The emergence theory of Morgan and Alexander 90

1 Emergence according to Morgan and Alexander 91

2 The intentionality of human consciousness 94

3 Metaphysics and the standpoint of experience 97

7 Luctor et emergo: what is emergent evolution? 103

1 Mozart and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" 103

2 Organizational levels in nature 106

3 Entities and modalities 115

4 Supervenience, correlation, and idionomy 118

5 Chimpanzees and the HIV virus 125

6 Michael Behe and his mousetrap 128

8 Toward a general theory of emergent evolution 139

1 John Searle and the mystery of consciousness 140

2 PeterCheckland and the structures of society 146

3 Ontological stratification 153

9 Hominization and the philosophy of mind 160

1 Emergent evolution as a conceptual scheme 160

2 The human person and the mask 164

3 The anthropic principle 172

4 Biological constants? Conway Morris 176

5 Methodological naturalism 181

6 The problem of David Chalmers 185

10 Augustinian faith and evolutionary science 191

1 The creation account and the story of becoming 191

2 Fides quaerit intellectum: a hermeneuric horizon 195

3 Pakicetus, the swimming ungulate 203

4 Personal experiences 208

11 The organism is a whole. The world is a habitat 211

1 J.C. Smuts, holism, and evolution 212

2 Enzymes, neurons, and emotions 213

3 The life-world 220

4 From biosphere to noosphere 225

5 New Age and Brahman 230

12 The slumbering temptation of essentialism 234

1 Is there a creation order? Herman Dooyeweerd 235

2 The standpoint of experience and metaphysics 239

3 The reflective-empirical method 242

4 The reflective-empirical method and living nature 246

5 Type laws: an essentialist error 248

6 Escaping essentialism 254

13 Questions surrounding the emergence process 259

1 Hidden configurations in nature: prions 259

2 John Paul II on the evolution problem 264

3 Ontological profile and evolutionary process: Neanderthals 268

4 The last great narrative 272

14 Enkapsis in nature. Is there an Omega point? 275

1 Self-subordination in Baja California 276

2 "Desert storm" and other miracles 278

3 The kingdom of God as final stage? Teilhard and Laszlo 281

4 Human experiences are ambiguous 287

Bibliography 293

Index 304

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