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Finding Ourselves after Darwin Paperback – 17 Jul 2018
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From the Back Cover
"An important conversation on post-Darwinian challenges to Christian theology. Sometimes the authors disagree, but more often they provide complementary perspectives to questions concerning original sin, evil, theodicy, and the image of God. This book will challenge the reader to think about--and perhaps to rethink--these key aspects of the Christian faith."
--Denis R. Alexander, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge; author of Genes, Determinism, and God
--Celia Deane-Drummond, Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, University of Notre Dame "Too often reading books on science and religion by multiple authors feels like walking into a cramped room where everyone is shouting. This book feels more like entering a big open hall where there is room to breathe and room to think."
--Jim Stump, BioLogos Contributors
Michael Burdett, Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
C. John Collins, Covenant Theological Seminary
Mark Harris, University of Edinburgh
Christopher M. Hays, Biblical Seminary of Colombia, Medellín
Michael Lloyd, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Andrew M. McCoy, Hope College
C. Ben Mitchell, Union University
Thomas Jay Oord, Northwest Nazarene University
Ted Peters, coeditor of Theology and Science
Andrew Pinsent, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford University
Stanley P. Rosenberg, Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Christopher Southgate, University of Exeter
Richard Swinburne, Oxford University (emeritus)
Gijsbert van den Brink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Benno van den Toren, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary (emeritus); University of Stellenbosch
Aku Visala, University of Helsinki
Vince Vitale, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford Stanley P. Rosenberg (PhD, Catholic University of America) founded and directs Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) and teaches at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael Burdett (DPhil, Oxford) is research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and director of studies in religion, science, and technology at SCIO. Michael Lloyd (DPhil, Oxford) is principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Benno van den Toren (PhD, Kampen) is professor of intercultural theology at Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands.
About the Author
Stanley P. Rosenberg (PhD, Catholic University of America) founded and directs Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) and teaches at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael Burdett (DPhil, Oxford) is research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and director of studies in religion, science, and technology at SCIO. Michael Lloyd (DPhil, Oxford) is principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Benno van den Toren (PhD, Kampen) is professor of intercultural theology at Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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As the title implies, biological evolution is presupposed, and the issue is how to think about the image of God, original sin, and the problem of evil in the light of biological evolution. The book is divided into three parts, one for each topic. Each part includes a brief introduction, a discussion of the questions, challenges, and concerns for the topic, several essays offering different approaches, and a conclusion and further reading list.
Part 1 deals with why the image of God is important in the theology-evolutionary science dialogue. It begins with a discussion of what constitutes human distinctiveness. After four essays offering different views of the image of God in the light of recent developments in evolutionary science, Michael Burdett concludes by suggesting that “it is entirely possible that each of these models could be combined in interesting ways such that hybrid models could be constructed that rely on aspects from each one outlined here.” (p. 109)
Part 2 deals with original sin. The opening essay by Gijsbert van den Brink suggests that biological evolution does not require a radical abandonment of the doctrine of original sin, but rather a recontextualization within an evolutionary framework. After essays on Augustinian, Irenaean, federal headship, and cultural approaches, Christopher M. Hays presents a compelling account of the ways in which evolutionary theory aids our understanding of the universality of sin without appealing to an Adamic fall. In his conclusion, Benno van den Toren suggests that “Insights from different theories might well be combined for a new theological synthesis to arise out of this fermentation process. (p. 206)
Part 3 deals with the problem of evil by presenting a variety of approaches. Essayists discuss Augustinian, Irenaeasn, fall-of-the-angels, free process, only way, and non-identity theodicy and how they relate to evolution. The concluding essay by Michael Lloyd suggests that, despite their differences, the contributors to this part seem to believe the following: (1) the current state of evolutionary biology and modern genetics leaves plenty of room in which to do theodicy, (2) the seriousness of the problem of evil in relation to the evolutionary processes, (3) this volume falls far short of a full theodical narrative, and (4) their positions still have challenges to face and work to do.
The three Further Reading lists, the 26-page Bibliography, and the numerous informative footnotes provide a wealth of opportunities to pursue specific topics of personal interest.
It would help to have some familiarity with the issues before tackling this book, but it does succeed in bringing together multiple approaches to dealing with the image of God, original sin, and the problem of evil in light of evolution. I can recommend it to anyone interested in this topic. Three other helpful essay collections on the same topic are “Perspectives on an Evolving Creation”, “Theology After Darwin,” and “Darwin, Creation and the Fall.”