Clifford also argues that, in transforming the meaning of species from fixed
and discrete to fluid and possessing the capacity to evolve, Darwins real
target was limited to Paleys very particular and highly rationalistic form of
natural theology with its insistence on radical divine sovereignty over a
passive and static world and its insensitivity to suffering in nature. C. S. J.
Clifford, Anne M., "Darwin's Revolution in the Origin of Species: A
Hermeneutical Study of the Movement from Natural Theology to Natural
Selection," in Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: Scientific
Perspectives on Divine Action, ed. Robert John Russell, William R. Stoeger,
S. J and Francisco J. Ayala (Vatican City State; Berkeley, California: Vatican
Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences,
1998). See a further reference to
Cliffords work under Part 3, A below.
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