Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural theology 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. A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by a world-renowned scholar whose expertise touch every branch of theological discipline.
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