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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief

Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief

April 17, 2007

(p.509) 37 Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief
Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the debate between science and religion, looking at evolution, atheism and religious belief. It discusses John Paul II's attempt to shift the conflict into dialogue, Cardinal Schönborn's claim that a human being is the result of a thought of God, the atheist's claim that it is irrational to believe in God using Darwinist theories of evolution, Christian Darwinism pushed by Catholics who are experts in biological sciences, a theory of intelligent design, the recovery of teleology, and the sources of religious belief. The chapter suggests that future scientific discoveries about evolution will presumably enrich religion and theology, since God reveals himself through the book of nature as well as through redemptive history. Science, however, performs a disservice when it claims to be the only valid form of knowledge, displacing the esthetic, the interpersonal, the philosophical, and the religious.

Keywords:   Cardinal Schönborn, evolution, atheist, religion, Darwinism, intelligent design, science

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