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 P. 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 K. Hellwig, dialogues with Daryl Domning throughout the book to present a balanced reappraisal of the doctrine of original sin from both a scientist's and theologian's perspective.
'Those wishing a thoroughgoing reinterpretation of Christian belief in the light of evolutionary theory will be satisfied with this book... Others who wish to think through the doctrine of original sin in the light of evolutionary theory, though without allowing the latter such a dominating role, will also find it hugely stimulating...' Theological Book Review 'Anyone concerned about reconciling early Genesis (and Romans 5) with a modern understanding of paleontology will find in this book a well-reasoned solution that deserves to be considered.' Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith ’... provides an imporant contribution to an immature intellectual province.’ Reports of the National Center for Science Education ’... a well-argued, thought-provoking proposal which deserves further debate by both scientists and theologians.’ Science & Christian Belief