THIS is about a new book by John Haught, a Roman Catholic theologian whom we regard as an important figure in The Controversy between evolution and creationism. He was an expert witness for the winning side in the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. We’ve previously posted what the opinion by Judge John E. Jones III said about his testimony. See John Haught: Witness in the Dover Case.
Dr. Haught has just had a new book published. Here’s the link to its Amazon listing: Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life.
This is the “Product Description” at that website, presumably from the publisher — the bold font was added by us:
Evolution makes good scientific sense. The question is whether it makes good theological sense as well. Christians who find evolution contrary to faith often do so because they focus solely on the issues of the world’s design and the notion of the gradual descent of all life from a common ancestry. But that point of view overlooks the significance of the dramatic narrative going on beneath the surface. What evolution is has become more important than what it means.
Haught suggests that, rather than necessarily contradicting one another, theologians and Darwinian scientists actually share an appreciation of the underlying meaning and awe-inspiring mystery of evolution. He argues for a focus on evolution as an ongoing drama and suggests that we simply cannot — indeed need not — make complete sense of it until it has fully played out.
Ultimately, when situated carefully within a biblical vision of the world as open to a God who makes all things new, evolution makes sense — scientifically and theologically.
This is an important book by an important thinker. You may not agree with Haught in all things, but he’s a friend of science. We need more like him in the field of theology.
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