The Natural History of Creation: Biblical Evolutionism and the Return of Natural Theology

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Rowman and Littlefield, 1995 - Religion - 446 pages
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The Natural History of Creation is the third and final installment in M.A. Corey's natural theology series. This remarkable trilogy the first of its kind in this century has worked in tandem with the findings of modern science to help spearhead the rebirth of the natural theology movement around the world. Nowhere will the reader find a more thorough description of the many breathtaking parallels between our modern scientific picture of the creation of the universe and the poetic description of the creation in Genesis One. Contents: The Scientific Accuracy of Genesis One; The Rise of Humanity; Physical Anthropology and Intelligent Design; God and the Nature of Time; Morality and Evolution; Human Nature and the Divine Image; Genesis and Moderate Anthropocentrism; A Self-Created Universe?; Frank Tipler's Omega Point Theory; Divine Action and the Role of Natural Processes; A Contrived World; Evolution and the Nature of the Miraculous; Is Life an Accident?; On the Validity of Natural Theology; A Scientific Interpretation of the Divine Nature; Epilogue: Towards a Genuine Religious Ecology."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
CREATION FROM NOTHING
20
IGNITION OF THE FIRST STARS
35
THE RECREATION OF THE SUN MOON AND STARS
53
KILLER COMETS DOOMSDAY ASTEROIDS AND
69
ffl THE RISE OF HUMANITY
84
THE EMERGENCE OF HOMO
91
THE APPEARANCE OF HUMANITY
99
SUMMARY
272
GOD AND THE ORIGIN OF NATURES PHYSICAL LAWS
279
Xn A CONTRIVED WORLD
286
THE INCREDIBLE COMPLEXITY OF THE CELL
292
INFORMATION THEORY AND THE EXISTENCE OF LIFE
298
A SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR POSITING
304
SUMMARY
316
IS LIFE AN ACCIDENT?
319

FV PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
113
THE GARDEN OF EDEN?
119
GOD AND THE NATURE OF TIME
126
BIBLICAL DAYS AS COSMIC EPOCHS
135
MORALITY AND EVOLUTION
142
THE DOMINION OF HUMANITY
152
DISCUSSION
158
A SELFCREATED UNIVERSE?
164
NATURAL SELECTION AND THE CALIBRATION OF THE CONSTANTS
177
GRIBBINS ARGUMENT IN A NUTSHELL
195
FRANK TIPLERS OMEGA POINT THEORY
204
THEORIES OF PERSONAL IDENTITY
220
EVIDENCE FOR THE SOUL
244
QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS AND SCHRODINGERS CAT
253
THE OMEGA POINT AS Goo
261
HUMANS CRAVE MEANING
325
THE HOSTILITY OF LIFE
331
EPISTEMOLOGICAL FREEDOM AND
344
How MUCH CAN WE KNOW?
353
A SCIENTIFIC INTERPRETATION
359
AN EMPIRICALLYBASED INTERPRETATION
365
TOWARD A SCIENTIFIC CONCEPT OF GOD
381
POLLUTION AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
387
THE BIBLICAL VIEW
396
THE NECESSARY CORRELATIVES OF VALUE AND POWER
402
BIBLIOGRAPHY
409
INDEX
431
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
447
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