- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
- (p.190) 30 Inevitable Humans?
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author examines one of the greatest areas of tension between evolution and Christianity: the role of humans in God's creation. In particular, he addresses the question of whether humanlike creatures can be seen as an inevitable end result of evolution, or whether our appearance was an historical accident unlikely to occur again on a second “play of the tape.” He also considers the concern of creationists that evolution lowers humanity's status, the notion that evolution is God's mechanism of creation, and the possibility that God is subtly involved in the evolutionary process in ways that we cannot detect. Finally, he discusses Michael Ruse's views about human evolution as well as the concept of “morphospace” in relation to forms of organisms.
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