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Are evolution and creation irreconcilably opposed? Is 'intelligent design' theory an unhappy compromise? Is there another way of approaching the present-day divide between religious and so-called secular views of the origins of life? Jacob Klapwijk offers a philosophical analysis of the relation of evolutionary biology to religion, and addresses the question of whether the evolution of life is exclusively a matter of chance or is better understood as including the notion of purpose. Writing from a Christian (Augustinian) point of view, he criticizes creationism and intelligent design theory as well as opposing reductive naturalism. He offers an alternative to both and an attempt to bridge the gap between them, via the idea of 'emergent evolution'. In this theory the process of evolution has an emergent or innovative character resulting in a living world of ingenious, multifaceted complexity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521493406
ISBN-10: 0521493404
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Pages: 322
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jacob Klapwijk

Jacob Klapwijk is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Philosophy, Free University, Amsterdam.

Books By Author Jacob Klapwijk

Purpose in the Living World? by Jacob Klapwijk

Purpose in the Living World?

Paperback, December 2008
$56.66