[asa] The theology Darwin didnt change

From: Michael Roberts <michael.andrea.r@ukonline.co.uk>
Date: Tue May 19 2009 - 13:36:05 EDT

At the ISSR conference in July at Cambridge there is a paper;

Christopher Southgate: 'Re-reading Genesis, John and Job: a Christian's Response to Darwinism'

Classically, Darwinism has posed four challenges to Christian theology - in relation to the literal reading of Genesis and to the argument from design, also to the distinctive status of human beings, and to the goodness of God in the face of the extent of suffering intrinsic to evolution by natural selection. The lecture will treat briefly the first two challenges, then introduce some new work on evolution in relation to the Incarnation. Finally there will be an extended discussion of what the ambiguity of evolutionary creation might mean for the Christian understanding of God as Trinity.

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Surely Darwinism did not do this to take each one in turn

1. Literal Reading of Genesis. This is frankly a myth as most educated Christians never took Genesis literally and before Darwin was born most who wrote anything happily took geology on board.

2. Design. Despite Paley many were questioning design in the Paley sense long before 1859

3. Distinctive status of humans , that was THE major issue

4. Suffering. The problem of suffering in relation to God had been discussed at length long before 1859, eg by William Buckland and many others. The problem of suffering is of equal difficulty whether life evolved by NS or was created

So where are the four challenges? At most you have one half challenge - number 2 and three-quarters of a challenge - number 3.

This is all in note form but perhaps I ought to write it up

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