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    Back to Darwin The Scientific Case for Deistic Evolution

    ISBN-10: 0819193070
    ISBN-13: 9780819193070
    Author(s): M. A. Corey
    Description: The author addresses the major points of disagreement between science and religion, so as to be able to obtain a unified view of the rise of life. Contents: PREFACE: Creation vs. Evolution: The Modern Debate; The Deistic Roots of Modern Darwinsim.  More...
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    Publisher: University Press of America, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 448
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.232
    Language: English

    The author addresses the major points of disagreement between science and religion, so as to be able to obtain a unified view of the rise of life. Contents: PREFACE: Creation vs. Evolution: The Modern Debate; The Deistic Roots of Modern Darwinsim. PART I: THE IMPLAUSIBILITY OF NON-THEISTIC EVOLUTION: Spontaneous Generation; Mutations; Species and Speciation; Natural Selection; God and the Nature of Perfection; The Fossil Record. PART II: DIRECTED EVOLUTION: Weak Orthogenesis, Opportunism, the Lamarckism; Evolution and the New Genetics; Self-Organization and the Prospect of Directed Evolution; On the Role of Natural Processes in the Creation. Part III: A THEOLOGICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR THE EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS: The Reality and the Necessity of Evolution as a Cosmic Process; The Legitimacy of Moderate Anthropocentrism; The Morality of Evolution. PART IV: DEISTIC EVOLUTION AND MODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY: Supernatural Naturalism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

    Preface: Creation vs. Evolution: The Modern Debate
    The Deistic Roots of Modern Darwinism
    A Theological Defense of Deism
    Deism and Natural Theology
    Natural Theology and the Validity of Objective Reasoning
    A New Level of Debate
    Spontaneous Generation
    The Implausibility of Non-Theistic Biogenesis
    The "Chicken and Egg" Paradox
    Why Natural Selection Cannot Account for the Origin of Life
    The Inherent Limitations of Trial and Error Problem-Solving
    Was There Enough Time for Life to Form?
    Life from Life
    Self-Organization and Biogenesis
    Positivistic Science and the God of Deism
    Antichaos and the Origin of Species
    The Second Law of Thermodynamics
    Mutations
    Three Types of "Mutations"
    The Drosophilia Connection
    The Limits of Artificial Breeding
    Coordinated Mutations
    Schrodinger and the Quantum Nature of Mutational Change
    Microevolution vs. Macroevolution
    Is Chance the Creator of Us All?
    Information Theory
    Genetic Information and the Role of Change
    A Call for Reconciliation
    Species and Speciation
    The Discontinuity of Nature
    Typology and Essentialism
    The Possibility of Intermediate Forms on the Way to the Avian Lung
    An Explanation for the Interrelatedness of Nature
    God Used Adaptive Radiation to Create Closely-Related Species
    Vestigial Organs
    Marine Mammals and the Problem of Adaptation
    A Possible Mechanism for Species Transmutation
    Natural Selection
    The Reality of Natural Selection
    Altruism in the Natural World
    Natural Selection and the Diversification of Species
    Natural Selection and Random Variations of Form
    Can Natural Selection Create Coherent Adaptations Out of Random Variations?
    Popular Examples of Evolution in Action
    Natural Selection Unable to Account for Explosive Radiations
    Natural Selection Cannot Account for the Rise of Man
    Hyper-Selectionism and the Human Voice
    Natural Selection as a Tautology
    A Failure to Evolve
    Punctuated Equilibria
    Natural Selection and Behavior
    The Origin of Adaptations
    Natural Selection and the Mathusian Principle of Competition for Limited Resources
    The Relationship Between Explanatory Closure and Biological Complexity
    The Fallacy of Using Natural Selection as a Causal Explanation for Life's Origin
    Historical Antecedents
    The Nature and Origin of the Selective Process
    Could Natural Selection Have Formed the Eye?
    God and the Nature of Perfection
    The Irish Elk
    The Nature of Perfection
    Could God Have Done Better?
    More on the True Nature of Perfection
    The Democracy of Extinction
    On the Compatibility Between the Natural and the Supernatural
    The Fossil Record
    The Nature of the Paleontological Evidence
    Punctuated Equilibria and the Cambrian Explosion
    Transformed Cladism
    Homologous Resemblances
    Convergent Evolution
    Weak Orthogenesis as a Compromise Position
    Weak Orthogenesis, Opportunism, and Lamarckism
    Orthogenesis and Opportunism
    Why Lamarckism Has Been So Appealing Over the Years
    Weak Orthogenesis and Lamarckism
    Two Types of "Acquired Characters"
    Preadaptation vs. Postadaptation and the Return to Lamarckism: An Experimental Verdict
    Genomic Stress and Extinction
    Protein Synthesis and Evolution
    Evolution and the New Genetics
    Homeotic Genes: A Model of Centralized Holistic Developmental Regulation
    "Junk" DNA
    The Orthogenetic Content of the Genome
    A Possible Relationship Between Introns and Homeotic Genes
    Polyploidy
    RNA Recoding and Rapid Evolution
    Holism Reductionism, and the Origin of Orthogenetic Information
    The Great Explanatory Power of Masking Theory
    Speciation Problems in Light of Masking Theory
    Parallel Evolution and Other Adaptational Mysteries
    God and the Existence of a Master Evolutionary Program
    The Return of Goldschmidt's "Hopeful Monster"
    Self-Organization and the Prospect of Directed Evolution
    The Role of Evolutionary Genes in the Origin of Species
    Self-Organization and the Rise of Species
    Orthogenesis and Autoevolutionism
    Molecular Drive and the Process of Concerted Evolution
    On the Role of Natural Processes in the Creation
    God is Natural
    Can God Act Acausally?
    The Process View
    God Isn't Limited by Time
    Divine Delegation
    The Reality and Necessity of Evolution as a Cosmic Process
    The Validity of the Evolutionary Paradigm
    A Word of Caution
    The Role of the Developmental Process in the Human Definition
    Why "Data Disks" Cannot Be Used in the Programming of Human Beings
    Are Humans Worth Creating?
    De Re Necessity and the Deistic Evolutionist's Position
    The Primacy of the Developmental Process in the Grand Universal Scheme
    The Developmental Parallelism Between Cosmic and Human Evolution
    Human Rationality and Natural Selection
    Extinction and Human Development
    The Importance of Man's Environmental Mileu
    A Universe of Unbroken Wholeness
    The Biblical View
    The Legitimacy of Moderate Anthropocentrism
    The Morality of Evolution
    Do Animals Really Suffer?
    Those Infamous Ichneumons
    Evolutionary Waste and the Prospect of Intelligent Design
    Deistic Evolution and Modern Philosophical Theology
    Creation Ex Nihilo
    Deistic Evolution and Process Thought
    Supernatural Naturalism
    Theistic Naturalism vs. Supernatural Naturalism
    The More Plausible View
    William Paley and the Deistic Evolutionist's Position
    Conclusion
    The Downfall of Darwinism
    The Role of Bias in Modern Evolutionary Interpretations
    The Anti-Empirical Effect of Neo-Darwinian Dogma
    Projection
    Bibliography
    Index

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