The Good Society

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150452
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834860 | DOI:
 The Good Society

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Questions of human origins and human nature stir emotional debates over Darwin and the Bible. This chapter looks at evolutionist and creationist views of morality. It asks whether human nature is explained best by (1) top–down or bottom–up forces, (2) mind–body dualism or biological monism, and (3) sociability or selfishness. It covers sociobiology, evolutionary “emergence” of morals, apes as ancestors, the social role of religion, and the “soul.”

Keywords: apes; dualism; emergence; evolution; monism; morality; religion; sociobiology; soul

Chapter.  9358 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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