Original Selfishness: Original Sin and Evil in the Light of Evolution

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Religion - 213 pages
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This book defends a startling idea: that the age-old theological and philosophical problems of original sin and evil, long thought intractable, have already been solved. The solution has come from the very scientific discovery that many consider the most mortal threat to traditional religion: evolution. Daryl Domning explains in straightforward terms the workings of modern evolutionary theory, Darwinian natural selection, and how this has brought forth life and the human mind. He counters objections to Darwinism that are raised by some believers and emphasizes that the evolutionary process necessarily enforces selfish behavior on all living things. This account of both physical and moral evil is arguably more consistent with traditional Christian teachings than are the explanations given by most contemporary 'evolutionary' theologians themselves. The prominent theologian, Monika Hellwig, dialogues with Daryl Donning throughout the book to present a balanced reappraisal of the doctrine of original sin from both a scientist's and theologian's perspective.
  

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Contents

Introduction
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Part One The historical and theological background of original
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Part Two Why the precritical understanding of creation and original
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how Darwinian evolution works
23
Objections to the Darwinian view of nature
32
science refutes monogenism
71
Are we going anywhere? A static or cyclic universe versus
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Response to Part
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Evolution and human ethics
117
Response to Part Three
136
The meaning of salvation and the Fall
149
What about suffering?
160
a critique
172
Summary and conclusion
181
Response to Part Four
188
Index of scripture references
207

Part Three Towards a new understanding of original
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