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Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Stephen J Pope) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521863407
Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Stephen J Pope) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521863407
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Title: Human Evolution and Christian Ethics

Author: Pope, Stephen J

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521863407

Volumes: 1; Pages: 374

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Can 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.- Argues that Christians must give serious attention to evolutionary theories of morality and altruism - Offers a critical but sympathetic reading of secular accounts of evolutionary ethics and sociobiology - Suggests that Christian ethics and evolutionary theories are complementary rather than mutually exclusiveContentsPreface1. Evolution and religion2. The indifference of Christian ethics to human evolution3. Varieties of reductionism4. Faith, creation and evolution5. Chance and purpose in evolution6. Human nature and the human good7. Freedom and responsibility8. Human dignity and common descent9. Christian love and evolutionary altruism10. The natural roots of morality11. Natural law in an evolutionary context12. Sex, marriage and family
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