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The Rhetoric of Darwinism

Darwin deliberately stressed the reductionistic, physicalist aspects of his theory in order to eliminate any hint of the involvement of a designer or a vital force in his explanation of the development of living things.See Darwin and the term ‘evolution’and Darwin’s Challenge to Theological Positions, also Stephen Jay Gould in Depew, DJ, and Weber, BH, (eds), Evolution at a Crossroads (Cambridge, Ma.:...Rather the rhetoric of Darwinism is of a ‘force’ (selection) acting upon essentially passive objects considered in isolation (organisms). It is the rhetoric of physics. And physics has also profoundly influenced molecular biology;See See God, Humanity and the Cosmos, pp159 for a discussion of physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s seminal lectures on the nature of life. genes are described as strings of chemicals to which mutations happen. It may be, however, that the rhetoric of evolution in the next century will be much more in terms of Kauffman’s work on self-organisation and the development of complexity, of interdependent organisms exploring together the possibilities of greater complexity.See also Rolston, H, III, Genes, Genesis and God (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

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Source: God, Humanity and the Cosmos  (T&T Clark, 1999)

Evolutionary Biology and Theology

Index - God, Humanity and the Cosmos, 1999 T&T Clark

The Rhetoric of Darwinism

Related Book Topics:

Important Evolutionists Before Darwin
Influences on Darwin
Darwin’s Evolutionary Scheme
Darwin and the Term ‘Evolution’
Darwin’s Challenge to Theological Positions
Some Recent Debates About Evolution
From Darwinism to Neo-Darwinism
Punctuated Equilibrium and Radical Contingency
Self-Organisation and the Development of Complexity
Evolution as a Science of the Unrepeatable Past
The Evolution of Hominids
The Neanderthals
The Paradox of the Development of Modern Humans
Religious Responses to the Science of Human Evolution
Humans as Made in the Image of God
The Doctrine of the Fall
The Science of Sociobiology Critiques the Truth-Claims of Religion
Evolution and Theology


Dr. Michael Robert Negus and Dr. Christopher Southgate in God, Humanity and the Cosmos. Published by T&T Clark.

See also:

Charles Darwin
DNA Double-Helix
Purpose and Design
Does God Act?
Where did we Come From?
Books on Biology, Genetics and Theology