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Some Recent Debates About Evolution

The details of evolutionary theory are hotly debated. But it has developed from Darwin’s original proposal into a theory of enormous explanatory power - it fits to a very marked degree Barbour’s criteria for a successful scientific theory: agreement with data, coherence, scope and fertility.Barbour I,  Religion and Science (London: SCM Press,1998), 113It is for this reason that we do not consider here schemes which seek an outline some alternative science in order to defend a literalist reading of Scripture.See Burke, DC, in Science Meets Faith ed. F Watts (London: SPCK, 1998) pp51-54 for some discussion of ‘creation science’ - also Barbour, 1998:83-84 and notes thereon.

However, there are vigorous debates within Darwinism - see from Darwinism to neo-Darwinism, punctuated equilibrium and radical contingency, and self-organisation and the development of complexity.For a detailed technical discussion see the two books edited by Depew, DJ, and Weber, BH - Evolution at a Crossroads (1985) and Darwinism Evolving (1995) - both published by MIT Press at Cambridge, Ma....

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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

Some Recent Debates About Evolution

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
From Darwinism to Neo-Darwinism
Punctuated Equilibrium and Radical Contingency
Self-Organisation and the Development of Complexity
The Rhetoric of Darwinism
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