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Evolutionary Naturalism

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0006
Evolutionary Naturalism

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This chapter examines the view of evolutionary naturalism on the concept of human nature. Evolutionary naturalism is based on Charles Darwin's hypothesis of natural selection and it holds that the human condition emerged from the European scientific Enlightenment. There are four essential elements in Darwin's theory. These are continual slight variation in inheritance, multiplication of organisms at a tremendous rate, struggle for existence, and continual elimination of the unfit to produce more and more adaptive organisms.

Keywords: evolutionary naturalism; human nature; Charles Darwin; natural selection; Enlightenment

Chapter.  8305 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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