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Rather than seeing science and religion as oppositional, in Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos Philip Rolnick demonstrates the remarkable compatibility of contemporary science and traditional Christian theology.

Rolnick directly engages the challenges of evolutionary biology—its questions about design, natural selection, human uniqueness, and suffering, pain, and death. In doing so, he reveals how biological challenges can be turned to theological advantages, not by disputing scientific data and theory, but by inviting evolutionary biology into the Christian conversation about creation.

Rolnick then lets the vastly expanded time and macroscopic beauty of big bang cosmology cast new and benign light on both biology and theology. The discovery of a big bang beginning, fine-tuning, and a 3.45 billion year evolutionary process brings new ways to think about the creativity of creation. From the tiny to the tremendous, there is an intelligent generosity built into the features of the cosmos and its living creatures, a spectrum of interconnected phenomena that seems tinged with grace. By recognizing the gifts of creation that have been scientifically uncovered, Origins presents a new way to understand this universe of grace and reason.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. A Universe of Grace and Reason
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  1. Part II: Evolution—From Challenge to Theological Advantage
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 2. Four Challenges of Evolution
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 3. Evolution and Divine Design
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 4. Natural Selection and a God of Love
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 5. Struggle, Pain, and Death and the Goodness of Creation
  2. pp. 71-84
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  1. 6. Common Ancestry and Human Uniqueness
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. Part III: Cosmology and Creation
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. 7. The Origin and Development of an Inhabitable Universe
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. 8. A Universe Finely Tuned for Life
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. 9. Logos-The Divine Source of Reason
  2. pp. 147-164
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  1. Part IV: Creation’s Gifts and Human Response
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. 10. The Given and the Earned
  2. pp. 167-186
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  1. 11. The Old and the New
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-224
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 225-238
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  1. Scripture Index
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781602583702
Related ISBN
9781602583689
MARC Record
OCLC
925585778
Pages
237
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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