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DARWIN AND THE OTHER CHRISTIAN TRADITION

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Abstract. 

Augustine, and following him some major theologians of the early Christian church, noted the apparent discrepancies between the first two chapters of Genesis and suggested an interpretation for these chapters significantly different from the literal. After examining a selection of the relevant texts, we shall follow the later fortunes of this interpretation in brief outline, figuring in particular an unlikely trio: Suarez, St. George Mivart, and Thomas Henry Huxley. Moral: Darwinian theory might plausibly be construed as implementing, unawares, a suggestion from that other Christian tradition.
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Keywords: Aquinas; Augustine; Bonaventure; Darwin; Genesis; Huxley; Mivart; Simpson; Suarez; biblical exegesis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Ernan McMullin (1924--2011) was Director Emeritus, Program in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN 46617, USA.

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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