Chance Or Purpose?: Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith

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Ignatius Press, 1 січ. 2007 р. - 181 стор.

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism."

In this book, Cardinal Schonborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned "theology of creation." Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can we discern purpose in human existence?

In his treatment of evolution, Cardinal Schonborn distinguishes the biological theory from "evolutionism," the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to mindless, meaningless processes. He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny.

Chance or Purpose? directly raises the philosophical and theological issues many scientists today overlook or ignore. The result is a vigorous, frank dialogue that acknowledges the respective insights of the philosopher, the theologian and the scientist, but which calls on them to listen and to learn from each another.

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Рецензія користувача  - MissClark - LibraryThing

This was a very thoughtful and articulate book, offering one man's well-supported opninions and musings regarding the origins of life on earth and the universe. The Cardinal Schonborn offers his ... Читати огляд повністю

Рецензія користувача  - Richard Woodhouse - Christianbook.com

This is a very good book on a very Timely subject. Science and Christian Belief. Cardinal Schonborn has that gift of making difficult subject matter easier to understand, while not distorting it by ... Читати огляд повністю

Зміст

Creation and Evolution The Current Debate
15
Where Does It Come from and Where Is It Going?
17
Theology of Creation and the Worldview of Natural Science
22
Not Losing Wonder
29
In the Beginning God Created Genesis 11
33
Belief in Creation as Fanaticism?
36
An Outline of the Theology of Creation
38
What Is the Beginning?
39
Can Evil Even be Good?
100
Pointers toward an Answer
102
Little Less Than God Psalms 86 Man as the Crown of Creation?
105
The World Was Created for the Sake of Man
110
Man A Part of Nature
113
Immersed in the Stream of Things Coming into Existence
116
The Small Distinction
118
The Choice between Reason and Irrationality
121

Creation and the Freedom of God
47
He Created Everything according to Its Kind Genesis 111
51
A Look at the Biblical Message about Creation
54
Everything Is Created
57
Order in Variety
60
Evolution and Ascent
63
Creation or Nature?
64
The Common Bond of Creatureliness
66
He Upholds the Universe by His Word of Power Hebrews 13
69
God Is at Work in the World A Poetical Approach
71
Creation and Providence
75
Evolution as a Matter of Belief?
77
Continuing Providence
78
New Things in Creation
81
The Incredible Wealth of Variety
85
You Guide Everything Gods Guidance and the Worlds Suffering
87
Critical Questions Put to Belief
89
In Search of an Answer
93
The Best of Worlds?
95
Everything That Is Is Good But Limited
97
The Fly Was Created before You
123
All Things Were Created for Him Colossians 116 Christ The Goal of Creation
127
Christ Creator of the World
129
In Him All Things Hold Together
132
Easter as a New Creation
135
Teilhard de Chardin Witness to Christ
141
Subdue the Earth Genesis 128 Responsibility for Creation
145
Mans Dominion in the World
148
Listening to Creation
150
Right and Wrong Understandings of Dominion
154
Responsibility for Creation and Science
158
Summary and Prospect
161
Two Ways of Looking at Things Two Stories
166
NeoDarwinism and NeoLiberalism
170
NeoDarwinism and the Pedagogy of Fitness
171
The Struggle for an Ethics of Life
172
Conclusion
175
Scripture Index
177
Index of Persons
179
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Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, is a renowned spiritual teacher and writer. He was a student of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and with him was co-editor of the monumental Catechism of the Catholic Church. He has authored numerous books including Jesus, the Divine Physician, Chance or Purpose?, Behold, God's Son, and Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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