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Evolution and Ethics
Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective
POD; Published: 8/4/2004
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2695-4
Price: $ 36.50
349 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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Christians frequently resist evolutionary theory, believing it to be incompatible with the core values of their tradition. But what exactly are the tensions between evolution and religious faith in the area of human morality? Evolution and Ethics examines the burning questions of human morality from the standpoint of Christian thought and contemporary biology, asking where the two perspectives diverge and where they may complement one another.

Representing a significant dialogue between world-class scientists, philosophers, and theologians, this volume explores the central features of biological and religious accounts of human morality, introducing the leading theories and locating the key points of contention. Central to these discussions are the questions of whether human actions are ever genuinely selfless, whether there is something in the moral life that transcends biological function, and whether one can sensibly speak of an overall purpose to the course of evolution.

Certain to engage scholars, students, and general readers alike, Evolution and Ethics offers a balanced, levelheaded, constructive approach to an often divisive d e b a te.


Larry Arnhart
Christopher Boehm
Craig A. Boyd
Robert Boyd
Michael J. Chapman
Philip Clayton
Loren Haarsma
John Hare
S. Mark Heim
David C. Lahti
Thomas Jay Oord
Gregory R. Peterson
Joseph Poulshock
Peter J. Richerson
Philip A. Rolnick
Holmes Rolston III
Michael Ruse
Jeffrey Schloss
René van Woudenberg
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Arthur Peacocke
"Biologists, philosophers, and theologians not only differ from each other on the relation of ethics and evolution but also differ widely among themselves. The strength of this volume is that it evidences the subtlety of the issues involved while giving hope — especially in the contributions of the editors — for the emergence of a perspective in which the issues might be honestly resolved."
John F. Haught
"This set of reflections on evolution, ethics, and religion is an indispensable contribution to a most important contemporary conversation. Readers will find here unusually nuanced and sophisticated yet readable essays by authors representing a variety of viewpoints. The book should prove valuable to students, teachers, and anyone else interested in exploring the implications of evolutionary biology for human self-understanding."