Human Evolution and Christian Ethics
By (author) Stephen J. Pope
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Human Evolution and Christian Ethics by Stephen J. Pope
Book DescriptionCan the origins of morality be explained entirely in evolutionary terms? If so, what are the implications for Christian moral theology and ethics? Is the latter redundant, as socio-biologists often assert? Stephen Pope argues that theologians need to engage with evolutionary theory rather than ignoring it. He shows that our growing knowledge of human evolution is compatible with Christian faith and morality, provided that the former is not interpreted reductionistically and the latter is not understood in fundamentalist ways. Christian ethics ought to incorporate evolutionary approaches to human nature to the extent that they provide helpful knowledge of the conditions of human flourishing, both collective and individual. From this perspective, a strong affirmation of human dignity and appreciation for the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity is consistent with a revised account of natural law and the cardinal virtues.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521863407
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen J. Pope
Human Evolution and Christian Ethics, Paperback (March 2011)
Pope argues that knowledge of evolution, properly interpreted, is compatible with Christian faith and morality.
Common Calling, Paperback (October 2004)
Examines the distinction between laity and clergy in regard to the power of church governance, and explores the theological interpretation of clergy-laity relations and governance in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. This title looks at how church officials interpret the role of the laity and addresses the weaknesses in that model.
Ethics of Aquinas, Paperback (June 2002)» View all books by Stephen J. Pope
An anthology that addresses various aspects of Thomas Aquinas' understanding of morality and comment on his legacy. This title introduces readers to the sources, methods, and major themes of Aquinas' ethics.
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Author Biography - Stephen J. Pope
Stephen J. Pope is Professor of Theological Ethics at Boston College. He is editor of Common Calling: The Laity and the Governance of the Church (2004).
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