Religion

The God of Evolution

Darwin and God, by Nick Spencer; SPCK, 2009, 128 pages, $17.95 Charles Darwin believed one could be a theist and an evolutionist. He disliked both ardent theological speculation and the promotion of atheism. In spite of this, Darwin has been adopted as an icon of thinking atheism by those who believe all other explanations of life and purpose and meaning—apart from his theory of evolution by natural selection—belong in the philosophical dustbin. Religious believers who turn to Darwin for succour are unlikely to find him comforting, though, and it’s precisely this tension between theism and evolution that makes him such…

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