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Making Sense of Evolution

Author(s): Jon Haught

ISBN13: 9780664232856

Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press

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  • Evolution makes good scientific sense. The question is whether it makes good theological sense as well. Christians who find evolution contrary to faith often do so because they focus solely on the issues of the worlds design and the notion of the gradual descent of all life from a common ancestry. But that point of view overlooks the significance of the dramatic narrative going on beneath the surface. What evolution is has become more important than what it means. Haught suggests that, rather than necessarily contradicting one another, theologians and Darwinian scientists actually share an appreciation of the underlying meaning and awe-inspiring mystery of evolution. He argues for a focus on evolution as an ongoing drama and suggests that we simply cannot-indeed need not-make complete sense of it until it has fully played out.

    Ultimately, when situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense-scientifically and theologically.

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    By taking Darwins and neo-Darwinians work seriously, Haught satisfyingly shows how Christians can and should be both rigorous scientists and faithful believers.'

    - Terrence W. Tilley, Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department, Ford-ham University, Bronx NY

    'Ours is an age dominated by 'nothing but' treatments. Religious conservatives and atheist biologists alike engage in a war-to-the-death between evolution and creation. How refreshing, then, to read this brilliant both and synthesis by one of Americas leading experts in the field. Authoritative yet immensely readable, this volume offers a powerful vision of a God big enough to encompass the adventure of evolution, contingency, suffering, and randomness. Somehow, one feels, when the dust of battle settles, something like John Haughts rich description of infinite and inexhaustible depth will remain standing.'

    - Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University and author of In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World.


Making Sense of Evolution