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Divine Action and Evolution

Robin Collins

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596539
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199596539.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Divine Action and Evolution

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This article addresses the question of what God's ultimate purposes might be for creating the world, focusing particularly on what His purpose might have been in creating the world via a seemingly partly chance-driven evolutionary process. It argues that God's creation of human beings and other living organisms through an evolutionary process allows for richer and deeper sorts of interconnections between humans and non-human creation than would otherwise be possible. These interconnections are of significant value, mainly because they allow for creation to become more deeply united with ourselves, in fact so united that there exists a deep communion between us and the rest of creation. This communion is not only an intrinsic good, but it enriches us, since part of this communion is creation becoming part of our very self, and thus we consciously share in the richness of creation.

Keywords: God; divine creation; human beings; evolutionary process; non-human creation

Article.  10140 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religion and Science ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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