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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The development of Darwinian theory
Moral and metaphysical assumptions
Trying to live in nature
The biology of sin
Human identities
The goals of goodness
The end of humanity
The covenant with all living creatures
Conclusion cosmos and beyond

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Stephen Clark is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, UK. His many book publications include "G.K. Chesterton: Thinking Backwards, Looking Forwards" (Templeton Foundation Press, 2006), "Biology and Christian Ethics" (CUP, 2000), "The Political Animal" (Routledge, 1999), "God, Religion and Reality" (SPCK, 1998), "Understanding Faith" (Imprint Academic, 2009) and "Philosophical Futures" (Peter Lang, 2001).

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