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Can a Darwinian be a Christian?


  • 11 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 231.7652
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BT712 .R87 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Creationism
    • Religion and science
    • Evolution (Biology)--Philosophy
    • Evolution (Biology)--Religious aspects--Christianity

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521637169 | ISBN-10: 0521637163)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published September 2004

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Can someone who accepts Darwin's theory of natural selection subscribe at the same time to the basic tenets of Christianity? Adopting a balanced perspective on the subject, Michael Ruse argues that, although it is at times difficult for a Darwinian to embrace Christian belief, it is not inconceivable. Ruse has produced an important contribution to a sometimes overheated debate for anyone interested in seeking an informed and judicious guide to these issues. Michael Ruse is professor of philosophy and zoology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many books on evolutionary biology. In addition, he has published several hundred articles and many book reviews. He is the editor of the Cambridge Series in the Philosophy of Biology and founding editor of the journal IBiology & Philosophy. Hb ISBN (2000): 0-521-63144-0


Prologue; 1. Darwinism; 2. Christianity; 3. Origins; 4. Humans; 5. Naturalism; 6. Design; 7. Pain; 8. Extraterrestrials; 9. Christian ethics; 10. Social Darwinism; 11. Social biology; 12. Freedom and determinism; Epilogue.


"...Ruse's book serves an important role--building bridges for people who otherwise might not be interested in exploring 'win-win' as opposed to 'win-lose' relationships between science and religion. The argument is spry and engaging." Nature

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