Argues that both evolutionism and creationism rely too heavily on notions of underlying order and design. Instead of focusing on the idea of novelty in human experience novelty as a necessary component of evolution, and as the essence of divine Mystery.. In God After Darwin , John Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: both sides persist in focusing upon an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of divine Mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion - as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be - actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s explanation of the relationship between theology and evolution is both accessible and engaging.
Table of Contents
Beyond Design; Darwins Dangerous Idea; Theology Since Darwin; Darwins Gift to Theology; Religion, Evolution, and Information; A God for Evolution; Evolution, Tragedy, and Cosmic Purpose; Religion, Ethics, and Evolution; Evolution, Ecology, and the Promise of Nature; Cosmic Evolution and Divine Action; Conclusion
John F. Haught is professor of theology at Georgetown University and director of The Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion.