God and Evolution

John F. Haught

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 God and Evolution

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On the issue of ‘God and evolution’ it is not helpful to think of God only as a first cause, a final cause, or an intelligent designer. Rather, this article approaches the topic of evolution to bring to the fore what is taken to be the revelatory image of God given in the witness of the author's own religious tradition. Such an image is available to Christians in the picture of Jesus presented in the Gospels and interpreted by other biblical and classic texts throughout the centuries. Therefore, in the world of Christian thought and its engagements with Darwinian biology, the first question must be whether the idea of God as revealed in Christ is able to illuminate the story of life without contradicting or editing the scientific information pertaining to evolution.

Keywords: theology; Christians; Jesus; Charles Darwin; evolution; Darwinian biology

Article.  8261 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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