Darwinism and the Divine

  • by Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by Tom Parks
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design.

Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection really shook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transform and illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life.
Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in 19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism.
The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background to William Paley's famous and influential approach to natural theology, set out in 1802.
Brings together material from a variety of disciplines, including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitive science of religion.
Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and asks whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology.
A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and best-selling author.


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a broad sweeping book , helpful

this is a great book for anyone who kinda knows evolution is true but wants to accommodate that in their christian faith
it confirmed most of what i believed but would have saved me 5 years of thought and study if id come to it earlier
one sour note.. the narrator seems to not understand the broader sweep of the narrative.. he reads ok and inflects on a surface level ok but i found it hard to follow
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- Austin

Apologetic for theistic evolution

This is a very clear presentation of why a Christian who believes that the theory of evolution is true should understand how this is consistent with bible teaching. At least that is how I understand what he's saying - its not explicitly presented in those terms . He seems very much at ease moving between complex scientific theories and on into historical sketches, philosophy and theology ,and his presentations on all these was clear and of a top of league standard. Interesting to look in depth a primarily protestant thinking in seventeenth to nineteenth century England towards natural theology. He appears to accept the generally accepted view re cosmic origins around 13 bya and some form of darwinian evolution and then compares them to earlier Christian views of creation that appear more compatible with this,especially those of augustine. What would be interesting would be to hear how he would address the claimed scientific reservations regarding darwinian evolution that are raised by young earth creationists and those of the ID creationists. Perhaps he has done that elsewhere or for a future book to be !
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios