How not to reconcile evolution and creation Alexander R. Pruss

Abstract

It is widely accepted that divine creation of human beings is compatible with evolutionary theory, except perhaps in regard of the human soul, and that neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory provides an explanation of speciation and of complex features of organisms that undercuts Paley-style teleological arguments, whether or not the evolutionary mechanisms are truly random or deterministic. I will argue that a plausible understanding of the doctrine of creation of human beings is either logically or rationally incompatible with full evolutionary theory, even if one does not take souls into account. Consequently, a theist needs to move to a weaker version either of the creation doctrine or of evolutionary theory, or both.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,549

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

  • Only published works are available at libraries.

Similar books and articles

Evolution, Emergence, and the Divine Creation of Human Souls.Christopher Hauser - forthcoming - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
Theism and Evolutionary Biology.William Hasker - 1997 - In Charles Taliaferro & Philip L. Quinn (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Cambridge, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 548–556.
Is Jung's Theory of Archetypes Compatible with Neo-Darwinism and Sociobiology?Ray Scott Percival - 1993 - Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems 16 (4):459 - 487.
A New Way to Reconcile Creation with Current Biological Science.Alexander R. Pruss - 2011 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:213-222.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
31 (#513,586)

6 months
31 (#125,435)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Alexander R. Pruss
Baylor University

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references