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Human Evolution and Christian Ethics

ISBN-10: 0521863406

ISBN-13: 9780521863407

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stephen J. Pope

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Can the origins of morality be explained entirely in evolutionary terms? If so, what are the implications for Christian moral theology and ethics? Is the latter redundant, as socio-biologists often assert? Stephen Pope argues that theologians need to engage with evolutionary theory rather than ignoring it. He shows that our growing knowledge of human evolution is compatible with Christian faith and morality, provided that the former is not interpreted reductionistically and the latter is not understood in fundamentalist ways. Christian ethics ought to incorporate evolutionary approaches to human nature to the extent that they provide helpful knowledge of the conditions of human flourishing, both collective and individual. From this perspective, a strong affirmation of human dignity and appreciation for the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity is consistent with a revised account of natural law and the cardinal virtues.
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Book details

List price: $118.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 374
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

David F. Kelly is a professor of theology and health care ethics and Director of the Health Care Ethics Center at Duquesne University. He has studied in Louvain, Belgium, and in Toronto and has garnered much practical experience from his work at St. Francis and Mercy hospitals in Pittsburgh.Stephen J. Pope is associate professor in the Boston College Department of Theology. He is the author of The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love and editor of The Ethics of Aquinas.

General editor's preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Evolution and religion
The indifference of Christian ethics to human evolution
Varieties of reductionism
Faith, creation, and evolution
Chance and purpose in evolution
Human nature and human flourishing
Freedom and responsibility
Human dignity and common descent
Christian love and evolutionary altruism
The natural roots of morality
Natural law in an evolutionary context
Sex, marriage, and family
Bibliography
Index of scriptural citations
Index of names and subjects