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Purpose in the Living World?
Creation and Emergent Evolution

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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729437

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  • Jacob Klapwijk considers the stark choice many believers and non-believers face between religious notions concerning the origins of life and the contemporary findings of evolutionary science. He offers an alternative to both and an attempt to bridge the gap between them, via the idea of ‘emergent evolution’.

    • Bridges the gap between creationism and evolutionary science
    • A balanced analysis of the claims of evolution theory and the Biblical message concerning the origins of life
    • Encourages readers to participate actively in the present-day religion-science debate
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    'Undoubtedly the book presents an invaluable contribution to the scholarly discussion about the meaning of the natural world and its philosophical significance.' Antonianum

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729437
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Does life on Earth have a purpose?
    2. Creationism, intelligent design, and Augustine's idea of time
    3. Darwin, neo-Darwinism and the naturalistic continuity claim
    4. Miller's pre-biotic broth and the premises of evolutionism
    5. A cold shudder along Darwin's back
    6. The emergence theory of Morgan and Alexander
    7. Luctor et emergo: what is emergent evolution?
    8. Towards a general theory of emergent evolution
    9. Hominization and the philosophy of mind
    10. Augustinian faith and evolutionary science
    11. The organism is a whole. The world is a habitat
    12. The slumbering temptation of essentialism
    13. Questions surrounding the emergence process
    14. Enkapsis in nature. Is there an omega point?
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

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

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