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Creation, Evolution and Meaning

Creation, Evolution and Meaning

by Robin Attfield


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This book presents the case for belief in both creation and evolution at the same time as rejecting creationism. Issues of meaning supply the context of inquiry; the book defends the meaningfulness of language about God, and also relates belief in both creation and evolution to the meaning of life. Meaning, it claims, can be found in consciously adopting the role of stewards of the planetary biosphere, and thus of the fruits of creation.

Distinctive features include a sustained case for a realist understanding of language about God; a contemporary defence of some of the arguments for belief in God and in creation; a sifting of different versions of Darwinism and their implications for religious belief; a Darwinian account of the relation of predation and other apparent evils to creation; a new presentation of the argument from the world's value to the purposiveness of evolution; and discussions of whether or not meaning itself evolves, and of religious and secular bases for belief in stewardship.

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ISBN-13: 9780754604754
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Series: Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robin Attfield is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK.

Table of Contents


Part I: Meaning and Creation

1 Meaning, Verification and Analogy

2 Realism, Anti-realism and Religion

3 God and Falsification

Part II: Creation and Evolution

4 Creation

5 Arguments from World to God

6 Darwinism, Disvalues and Design

7 God and Evil

8 Purpose, Immanence and the Argument from Value

Part III: Evolution and Meaning

9 Meaning, Evolution and Stewardship

10 The Ethics and Metaphysics of Stewardship

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