Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design.
A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and best-selling author.
©2011 Alister E. McGrath (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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this is a great book for anyone who kinda knows evolution is true but wants to accommodate that in their christian faith
it confirmed most of what i believed but would have saved me 5 years of thought and study if id come to it earlier
one sour note.. the narrator seems to not understand the broader sweep of the narrative.. he reads ok and inflects on a surface level ok but i found it hard to follow
He is clear-headed, is non-dogmatic, does not manipulate with rhetoric--just says it like he sees it, and is deeply insightful.
I loved how in one chapter he calmly, methodically tells you both why William Paley's arguments (which one might call Intelligent Design 1.0) were the result of a misunderstanding of natural theology, then in another chapter he politely eviscerates meme theory. He is insightful and fair-minded. Another example (actually, this is the background to his criticism of William Paley) is his discussion of how the approach to natural theology adopted by Protestants in England during the Augustan age originated in the Anglican desire to find a suitable response to the Catholic miracle-centered apologetics: a focus on the lawfulness, orderliness of nature, which might be called "divine contrivance." McGrath points out how wrong-headed this was and contrasts it with Thomas Aquinas's approach. Very insightful
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My reaction to reading this book was the sort that one has to seeing something very beautiful: gratitude and appreciation
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