Alister E. McGrath

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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One of the most vigorous debates within modern Christian thought concerns the implications of Darwinism for religious belief. It is a debate that is by no means limited to Christianity, as is evident from the generally hostile reaction to Darwinism within the Islamic world. While the term is often used to refer specifically to the views set out by Charles Darwin in his Origin of Species, it is more widely used to refer to the theories that emerged from Darwin's work, as they have been received, developed, and modified. Although terms such as the ‘neo-Darwinian synthesis’ are often used to distinguish the present state of evolutionary theory from the earlier forms proposed by Darwin himself, this article follows the widespread convention of using the word ‘Darwinism’ to define a family of theories.

Keywords: Darwinism; religious belief; Christianity; Charles Darwin; neo-Darwinian synthesis; evolutionary theory

Article.  7644 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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