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Philosophia Christi

Volume 22, Issue 1, 2020

Symposium on Theistic Evolution

Michael J. Murray, John Ross Churchill
Pages 7-41

Mere Theistic Evolution
A Review of Theistic Evolution, Edited by Moreland, Meyer, Shaw, Gauger, and Grudem

A key takeaway from the recent volume Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique is that no version of theistic evolution that adheres largely to consensus views in biology is a plausible option for orthodox Christians. In this paper we argue that this is false: contrary to the arguments in the volume, evolutionary theory, properly understood, is perfectly compatible with traditional Christian commitments. In addition, we argue that the lines between Intelligent Design and theistic evolution are not as sharp as most scholars have assumed, such that many who self-identify as Intelligent Design adherents would also qualify as theistic evolutionists.

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