This stimulating and wide-ranging book mounts a profound enquiry into some of the most pressing questions of our age, by examining the relationship between biological science and Christianity. The history of biological discovery is explored from the point of view of a leading philosopher and ethicist.
What effect should modern biological theory and practice have on Christian understanding of ethics? How much of that theory and practice should Christians endorse? Can Christians, for example, agree that biological changes are not governed by transcendent values, or that there are no clear or essential boundaries between species? To what extent can 'Nature' set our standards? Stephen R. L. Clark takes a reasoned look at biological theory since Darwin and argues that an orthodox Christian philosophy is better able to accommodate the truth of such theory than is the sort of progressive, meliorist interpretation of Christian doctrine which has usually been offered as the properly 'modern' option.
Orthodox Christianity and sensible biological theory alike can agree that we are sinners, that every individual is an end in itself, and that the true values to which we should direct ourselves transcend the needs of survival.
STEPHEN R. L. CLARK is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Aristotle's Man (1975), The Moral Status of Animals (1977), The Nature of the Beast (1982), Civil Peace and Sacred Order (1989), Animals and their Moral Standing (1997), God, Religion and Reality (1988) and The Political Animal (1999), as well as articles in Philosophy, Inquiry, Philosophical Quarterly, The Monist and others.
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Publication information: Book title: Biology and Christian Ethics. Contributors: Stephen R. L. Clark - Editor. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, England. Publication year: 2000. Page number: Not available.
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