Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics: 28)

By: Stephen J. Pope

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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 exclusive Contents Preface; 1. Evolution and religion; 2. The indifference of Christian ethics to human evolution; 3. Varieties of reductionism; 4. Faith, creation and evolution; 5. Chance and purpose in evolution; 6. Human nature and the human good; 7. Freedom and responsibility; 8. Human dignity and common descent; 9. Christian love and evolutionary altruism; 10. The natural roots of morality; 11. Natural law in an evolutionary context; 12. Sex, marriage and family. Printed Pages: 352.

Title: Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics: 28)

Author Name: Stephen J. Pope

Categories: Christianity, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2007

ISBN: 0521863406

ISBN 13: 9780521863407

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

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Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 018641

Keywords: Christianity Christian Christ Religion