Haught, author of several books on related subjects (e.g., The Promise of Nature, Science and Religion), has here taken up a daunting hotcake of a subject and treated it with an admirably calm deliberation. He is a respectful student not only of Darwin himself but also of the most respected Darwinist thinkers of our time, and his conclusion is deeply informed by the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin and Alfred North Whitehead. He holds, and few would willingly argue, that our purpose in this world is "a labor of intensifying the reign of beauty." Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.