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v Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction ix Part One: Philosophical Cosmology / Natural Theology from an Evolutionary Perspective Chapter One: Is There a Reason for Everything, or Do Some Things Just Happen? 3 Chapter Two: Value and Creativity 15 Chapter Three: Intelligent Design and the Self-Organization of Nature 13 Chapter Four: Rethinking Primary and Secondary Causality 47 Part Two: Systems Thinking in the Social Sciences Chapter Five: From Platonic Forms to Open-Ended Systems: The Search for Truth and Objectivity 61 Chapter Six: Whiteheadian Societies as Self-Unifying Systems 75 Chapter Seven: Subjectivity and Objectivity within Open-Ended Systems 91 Chapter Eight: The Democratic Process as an Open-Ended System in Political Life 111 Part Three: Christian Doctrinal Questions Chapter Nine: Incarnation and Redemption within the Cosmic Process 127 vi Contents Chapter Ten: A New Look at the Resurrection of the Body 139 Chapter Eleven: Church and Sacraments from a Process Perspective 155 Chapter Twelve: Inclusivity and Exclusivity in a Religious Context 167 Conclusion 177 Selected Bibliography 185 Index 191 ...


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