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Wrestling with the Divine: God, Darwin and Evolution
Denis O. Lamoureux of St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, writes about Darwin on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The strength of the religious right in current political culture is seen in the assumption of many that religious belief should determine science policy in this country. This can only mean bad science. The definition of what makes for science should come from the scientific communities.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is one body within the scientific community which has opened itself to discussion about religion and theology. On their website there is currently an article about Darwin and evolution, for example, by a Canadian scholar proficient in both theology and science.

Below is an abstract of the article by Denis O. Lamoureux. The entire article is available at:

http://www.aaas.org/spp/dser/evolution/perspectives/lamoureux.shtml

"Regrettably, a modern cultural myth has arisen that paints a dark and sinister picture of Charles Darwin and the religious implications of his theory of evolution. Many see him as one of the apostles of unbelief. However, the primary historical literature reveals that Darwin was thinking theologically throughout his career and that his reflections were sophisticated. In particular, he dealt with the religious themes of design in nature, the problem of pain, and Divine sovereignty over the world. Though Darwin certainly wrestled with the religious implications of his evolutionary theory, he never completely lost belief in God to embrace atheism."

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Date Added: 6/3/2004 Date Revised: 6/3/2004 11:20:58 AM

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