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Process theology provides a helpful way of integrating Christian faith and evolutionary biolology.

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More Process - Evolution

  1. 1. More Process - Evolution
  2. 2. "If someone’s notion of Goddoes not allow for evolutionary history as it has actually unfolded,that person’s notion of God is mistaken." -Philip Clayton
  3. 3. How can I have afaith that honors bothscience and the Bible?
  4. 4. Know the Bible. Know science. Think hard.
  5. 5. "You cannot shelter theology from science, or science from theology; nor can you shelter either of them frommetaphysics, or metaphysics from eitherof them. There is no short cut to truth." -A.N. Whitehead SCIENCE RELIGION
  6. 6. One, unified worldview must be consistent with the "Darwinian context" WORLDVIEWSCIENCE RELIGION ub tle er e s de ep m or ce a ona sc ien rel ig i
  7. 7. Claytons "4 Eggregious (Christian) Errors" Biblical inerrancy The complexity of life proves that life is the product of “intelligent design” or that a God exists. Human uniqueness God is an omnipotent being
  8. 8. R “loftier” theology E must be a theology L without literalism without anthropomorphismI without omnipotenceG I It must not offer a God who sets aside natural laws, O but a God who works withN these regularities.
  9. 9. natural selection adaptation S population genetics and genetic driftC molecular and systems biology I fitness landscapes macroevolution E evolutionary psychology N neurobiology C mathematical game theory evolutionary developmental biologyE ecology biodiversity
  10. 10. Claytons "2 Erronious Assumptions made by Interpreters of Science"There are no meaningful humanquestions that science cannot answer.When non‐scientific questions do arise,no particular expertise or study otherthan a good science education is neededto pronounce upon them.
  11. 11. "The central question is: when and how does a scientific topic undergo thatsubtle metamorphosis into philosophicalreflection? Evidently, this transition is the Achilles’ heel for many scientists, even great ones, judging by theirpopular books and off‐hand comments at conferences. Non‐scientists, bycontrast, are well able to discern when an eminent scientist has wandered onto speculative terrain and begun to make pronouncements outside his or her actual area of expertise." -PC
  12. 12. Why such debate? Griffins analysis
  13. 13. Supernaturalism Atheism or Deism World, VS. no God God *Panentheism World God World
  14. 14. Naturalism ppp SubjectivityDivine lure towards beauty, novelty, complexity Persuasion Purpose Emergence
  15. 15. Philip Clayton Emergent Evolution, Spirituality and God Part 5: Spirit or Spirituality Claremont, CA - January 2012Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  16. 16. Next week: Trinity
  17. 17. Process theology sees the universe as creative, interrelational, dynamic, and open to the future. In process theology, God is relational, present in every moment of our lives and in all entities and levels of being. The world isinterconnected, in effect a giant ecosystem where what harms orblesses one, harms or blesses all.