Darwinism and the Divine

  • by Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by Tom Parks
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection really shook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transform and illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life.
Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in 19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism.
The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background to William Paley's famous and influential approach to natural theology, set out in 1802.
Brings together material from a variety of disciplines, including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitive science of religion.
Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and asks whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology.
A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and best-selling author.


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What did you love best about Darwinism and the Divine?

He is clear-headed, is non-dogmatic, does not manipulate with rhetoric--just says it like he sees it, and is deeply insightful.

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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios