The Evolving God: Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion J David Pleins

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Published: June 6th 2013

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The Evolving God: Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion  by  J David Pleins

The Evolving God: Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion by J David Pleins
June 6th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: | 6.63 Mb

In focusing on the story of Darwins religious doubts, scholars too often overlook Darwins positive contribution to the study of religion.J. David Pleins traces Darwins journey in five steps. He begins with Darwins global voyage, where hisMoreIn focusing on the story of Darwins religious doubts, scholars too often overlook Darwins positive contribution to the study of religion.J.

David Pleins traces Darwins journey in five steps. He begins with Darwins global voyage, where his encounter with religious and cultural diversity transformed his understanding of religion. Surprisingly, Darwin wrestles with serious theological questions even as he uncovers the evolutionary layers of religion from savage roots. Next, we follow Darwin as his doubts about traditional biblical religion take root, affecting his career choice and marriage to Emma Wedgwood.

Pleins then examines Darwins secret notebooks as he searches for a materialist theory of religion. Again, other surprises loom as Darwins reading of Comtes three stages of religions development actually predate his reading of Malthus. Pleins explores how Darwin applied his discovery to the realm of ethics by formulating an evolutionary view of the Golden Rule in his Descent of Man. Finally, he considers Darwins later reflections on the religion question, as he wrestled with whether his views led to atheism, agnosticism, or a new kind of theism.The Evolving God concludes by looking at some of the current religious debates surrounding Darwin and suggests the need for a deeper appreciation for Darwin as a religious thinker.

Though he grew skeptical of traditional Christian dogma, Darwin made key discoveries concerning the role and function of religion as a natural evolutionary phenomenon.



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