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Is Biosphere Doing Theology?

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Abstract:

Three theories about evolution are presently under discussion: the genocentric theory, the organismocentric theory, and the biospherocentric theory. A brief discussion of the three theories is presented. These theories have different implications for theology. The genocentric theory is related to the Darwinian interpretation and, for theology, means the end of an apologetic vision of natural science and for this reason the end of natural theology. The organismo-centric theory is mainly related to events of autoorganization and follows the path of the geometrical harmony of nature. But it is far different from the apologetic interpretation of natural theology which cannot be restored. The biospherocentric theory, on the contrary, contains many fruitful perspectives. This theory, which counts Teilhard de Chardin among its founders, allows the development of a new approach to the theology of nature. In this approach, it is actually the biosphere herself that is doing theology thanks to her thinking sphere: the noosphere.

Keywords: Galileo; Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; evolutionary biology; natural theology; theology of nature

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00338

Affiliations: University of Pisa

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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