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The Challenge of Evolution to Religion
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This Element focuses on three challenges of evolution to religion: teleology, human origins, and the evolution of religion itself. First, religious worldviews tend to presuppose a teleological understanding of the origins of living things, but scientists mostly understand evolution as non-teleological. Second, religious and scientific accounts of human origins do not align in a straightforward sense. Third, evolutionary explanations of religion, including religious beliefs and practices, may cast doubt on their justification. We show how these tensions arise and offer potential responses for religion. Individual religions can meet these challenges, if some of their metaphysical assumptions are adapted or abandoned.


‘This book provides a fascinating, concise, and empirically up-to-date introduction to evolution and religion. One of the best features of the work is that even though it is short [(75 pages)], it covers a broad range of historical and contemporary topics, both in science and in religion, without being superficial … In conclusion, read this and be inspired to find out more about the current, complex relationship between evolution and religion.’

Halvor Kvandal Source: ESSSAT News & Reviews

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