Evolution as an Unwrapping of the Gift of Freedom

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JournalScientia et Fides
DateSubmitted - 16 Jul 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 25 May 2020
DatePublished (current) - 20 Sep 2020
Issue number2
Number of pages64
Pages (from-to)43
Original languageEnglish


Extending the approach to a ‘theology of science’ developed in Faith and Wisdom in Science (McLeish 2014), I expand its theme of the tension between chaos and emergent order, within the arc of the Biblical story of creation, towards a theology of evolutionary science. In addition to the material in Job, the book of Wisdomprovides a remarkable account of transmutation of species, within a recapitulation of the Exodus theme, that I juxtapose with a modern genotype-phenotype theory of evolutionary dynamics, exploiting analogies with statistical mechanics. The dual and connected structures of microscopic and macroscopic provide a locus for the Joban tensions of chaos and emergent order, and provide an interpretative narrative for the emergent directionality of evolution, and a theology that situates within a creation of freedom to explore the potential of the created order.

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  • Theology of Science, Evolution

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