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Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution

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Esteemed theologian John Haught brings his considerable experience to a controversial and thought-provoking topic: evolution. Writing within the formula of the well-known Responses to 101 Questions series, he gathers here questions that have arisen from conversations over the years with a variety of people--believers and scientific skeptics, those who embrace evolution and ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Paulist Press (first published September 2001)
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Barbara Marincel
Feb 08, 2012 Barbara Marincel rated it it was amazing
Great book written by eminent Catholic theologian John Haught. Very accessible for the average layperson without much background in evolutionary science. Explains clearly why Catholic theology is totally compatible with evolution and rejects any kind of Creationism, including Intelligent Design. Also responds to atheistic evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins. Yet he also affirms that God, indeed, is Creator of the universe, which was created out of God's creative love. I highly recommend this f ...more
Tamra
Aug 17, 2010 Tamra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with Science/Religion questions
Recommended to Tamra by: Mel Tungate
Great book. Good format. If you have questions about how to mesh religion and science, then you'll benefit from this book. It's well-written and respectful (and I DEMAND that any book covering this topic be respectful. We don't need more angry people).

Before I read this book I thought that it might be too shallow of a treatment for such a complicated topic (only 101 questions?). But Haught covers a lot of ground with those 101 questions. A solid contribution to the religion-science field.
Nate
Jan 04, 2008 Nate rated it really liked it
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Easy question/answer format covering many common objections and questions to evolution from Christian and scientific perspectives.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it veers heavily into a discussion of process theology and Alfred North Whitehead towards the end. Even though this isn't a bad discussion to have, it may cause some Christians leery of process thought (via open theism) to question the other arguments of the book.
John
Jun 03, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Easily accessible question/answer format covering common Christian-based issues on evolution. The book makes a good, simple attempt to merge creationist thinking with the mounting and compelling scientific evidence on evolution. Since no LDS theologians (in general) choose to not even approach this topic, I found this book to be insightful even though I am not Catholic.
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I didn't love the question/answer format of this book, and it sometimes was a bit repetitive, but overall it was refreshingly respectful and the ideas were worth pondering.

I particularly liked the assumption of "hierarchies of explanation" and the ideas of an unfinished universe in the process of becoming.
Jeremy A
Oct 28, 2007 Jeremy A rated it it was ok
quick hitting answers, not a lot of depth, to questions the author has encountered over time as a biologist who believes in evolution but leaves room for God to be a guiding force in the continuing story of creation
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John F. Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian, specializing with systematic theology. He has special interests in science, cosmology, ecology, and reconciling evolution and religion.

Haught graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore,, and he received a PhD in Theology from The Catholic University of America in 1970.

Haught received the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Reli
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“In us humans evolution has now become conscious of itself. We have the freedom to choose or reject opportunities to carry the evolutionary adventure into a new future. The fact that we don't always seem to be making much headway-and indeed often seem to be regressing-is not sufficient reason for discouragement.” 0 likes
“A theory is a broad way of organizing and rendering intelligible the observable data uncovered by scientific exploration. And nothing becomes a scientific "fact" except in the context of an overarching theory. Theory is not something that dissolves or disappears once we get to the "facts." It abides as the intelligible context in which all facts are identified as such.” 0 likes
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