Creator God, Evolving World

ISBN-10: 0800698770
ISBN-13: 9780800698775
Edition: 2013
Description: Cynthia Crysdale and Neil Ormerod here present a robust theology of God in light of supposed tensions between Christian belief and evolutionary science. Those who pit faith in an almighty and unchanging God over against a world in which chance is  More...
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Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication Date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Cynthia Crysdale and Neil Ormerod here present a robust theology of God in light of supposed tensions between Christian belief and evolutionary science. Those who pit faith in an almighty and unchanging God over against a world in which chance is operative have it wrong on several accounts, they insist. Creator God, Evolving World clarifies a number of confused assumptions in an effort to redeem chance as an intelligible force interacting with stable patterns in nature.A proper conception of probabilities and regularities in the world's unfolding reveals neither random chaos nor a predetermined blueprint but a view of the universe as the fruit of both chance and necessity. By clarifying terms often used imprecisely in both scientific and theological discourse, the authors make the case that the role of chance in evolution neither mitigates God's radical otherness from creation nor challenges the efficacy of God's providence in the world.

Preface
God, Religion, and Science
The Emergence of Modern Science
Newton and God
The "Newtonian" Worldview and Deism
Beyond the Newtonian "worldview: Darwinism and Quantum Mechanics
Randomness, Purpose, and Ethics
Authority, Tradition, and Reason
A Tale of Two Authors
Conclusion
Evolving World: Regularity and Probability
Two Ways of Making Sense: Classical and Statistical Science
The Interaction of Classical and Statistical Science
Is It All Random?
Emergent Probability: Order and Novelty Interacting
Natural Selection and Chance
Conclusion
Creator God
God, Contingency, and Change
The Classical Argument
What Does Modern Science Add to the Picture? Space, Time, and Matter
A Positive Account
Conclusion
Evolving World: Purpose and Meaning
Teleology and Darwinism
Worldviews and Scientific Discoveries Intertwined
Finality: A New Way of Conceiving Directionality
Convergence: Scientific Endeavors Endorse Dynamic Purpose
Conclusion
Human Freedom and God�s-Providence
A Finite but Provident Emerging World Order
Providence and the Goodness of Creation
Providence and Prayer
Pain, Suffering, and Evil
Free Will in an Emergent World
Evil and Responsibility
The Divinely Originated Solution to the Problem of Evil
Conclusion
Implications for Human Living: Moral Agency and Emergent Probability
Homo sapiens: What Makes Us So Special?
The Question of Soul and Spirit in Evolutionary Terms
Moral Agency, Decision Making, Control, and Risk
Human Control Versus Shifting Probabilities: Examples
God's Providential Will, Grateful Cooperation, and Sacrificial Love
Conclusion
Conclusion: Can a Transcendent God Be a Personal God?
Notes
Bibliography
Indexes

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