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Why would God use evolution?

Ames, Stephen (2013) Why would God use evolution? In: Darwin and Evolution in Interfaith Perspectives. Interface A Forum for Theology in the World12(1 & 2), ed. Arnold, J. ATF Theology, Adelaide, pp. 105-128. ISBN 1329-6264

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Abstract

The scientific picture of the natural world is allegedly quite different from what you would expect if the universe is freely created and sustained in existence for some purpose by a God who is wholly good, all powerful, and all knowing - the 'omni God'.
For this discussion I am going to accept that understanding of God, though from the standpoint of a Christian, who hears the good news of the triune God, as the narrative of a vulnerable but invincible God. This good news is what frames my life and thinking, which I will selectively draw on but not elaborate in this paper.
The main task of this paper is to say what kind of universe we should expect such an omni God to create and why. The discussion draws on several threads from the work of Thomas Aquinas, including one form of Aquinas theological reasoning by which we should expect such a God to create a life-producing universe, which maximises the realisation of the value to God of creatures as co-creators. This is shown to concur with scientific account of our universe, which is life producing. Why God would create such a universe is in part answered by drawing on Aquinas' account of governance as aiming to bring those governed to perfection. This is applied to divine governance of the universe, setting out various consequences for the kind of universe we should expect such a God to create.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: God, creation, value ,purpose, life-producing universe
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Rev Dr Stephen JAH Ames
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 02:29
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 02:29
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3428

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