Biology and Christian Ethics

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 18, 2000 - Philosophy - 332 pages
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This stimulating and wide-ranging book mounts a profound enquiry into some of the most pressing questions of our age, by examining the relationship between biological science and Christianity. The history of biological discovery is explored from the point of view of a leading philosopher and ethicist. What effect should modern biological theory and practice have on Christian understanding of ethics? How much of that theory and practice should Christians endorse? To what extent can "nature" set our standards? Professor Clark takes a reasoned look at biological theory since Darwin and argues that an orthodox Christian philosophy is better able to accommodate the truth of such theory than is the sort of progressive, meliorist interpretation of Christian doctrine that is usually offered as the properly "modern" option.
  

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Contents

The development of Darwinian theory
9
Moral and metaphysical assumptions
58
Trying to live in nature
94
The biology of sin
140
Human identities
187
The goals of goodness
241
The end of humanity
258
The covenant with all living creatures
283
Conclusion cosmos and beyond
301
Index
320
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Clark is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.

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