Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Evolution, Atheism, and Religious             Belief

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This chapter examines the debate between science and religion, looking at evolution, atheism and religious belief. It discusses John Paul II's attempt to shift the conflict into dialogue, Cardinal Schönborn's claim that a human being is the result of a thought of God, the atheist's claim that it is irrational to believe in God using Darwinist theories of evolution, Christian Darwinism pushed by Catholics who are experts in biological sciences, a theory of intelligent design, the recovery of teleology, and the sources of religious belief. The chapter suggests that future scientific discoveries about evolution will presumably enrich religion and theology, since God reveals himself through the book of nature as well as through redemptive history. Science, however, performs a disservice when it claims to be the only valid form of knowledge, displacing the esthetic, the interpersonal, the philosophical, and the religious.

Keywords: Cardinal Schönborn; evolution; atheist; religion; Darwinism; intelligent design; science

Chapter.  5086 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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