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No God, No Science: Theology, Cosmology, Biology

No God, No Science: Theology, Cosmology, Biology

Michael Hanby

ISBN: 978-1-118-32200-0 February 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 480 Pages




No God, No Science: Theology, Cosmology, Biology presents a work of philosophical theology that retrieves the Christian doctrine of creation from the distortions imposed upon it by positivist science and the Darwinian tradition of evolutionary biology.

  • Argues that the doctrine of creation is integral to the intelligibility of the world
  • Brings the metaphysics of the Christian doctrine of creation to bear on the nature of science
  • Offers a provocative analysis of the theoretical and historical relationship between theology, metaphysics, and science
  • Presents an original critique and interpretation of the philosophical meaning of Darwinian biology

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xii

Primary Sources and Translations xvi

Introduction 1

Part I In the Beginning 7

1 Discourse on Method 9

2 A Brief History of the Cosmos 49

Part II The Eclipse of the Universe 105

3 The Scientific and Theological Revolution 107

4 Unnatural “Theology” 150

5 Darwin the Theologian 186

6 The Mystery of the Missing Organism 250

Part III Creation Without Creationism 297

7 Deus Creator Omnium 299

8 What the World Is 334

9 Saving the Appearances 375

Epilogue: Evolution of the Last Men 416

Index 422

“Space does not allow me to parse in fine detail the massive erudition that Hanby has brought to bear on this topic or the very precise and exhaustive manner in which he details his metaphysical and theological case.”  (Modern Theology, 27 April 2015)

“You can know "what" without knowing "how", but you can't know "how" without knowing "what" - my short summary of this wonderful book.”  (Every Good Path, 27 July 2014)

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”  (Choice, 1 December 2013)