Creator God, Evolving World
Call Number: 231.7652 C957c 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Cynthia Crysdale and Neil Ormerod here present a robust theology of God in light of supposed tensions between Christian belief and evolutionary science. Those who pit faith in an almighty and unchanging God over against a world in which chance is operative have it wrong on several accounts, they insist. Creator God, Evolving World clarifies a number of confused assumptions in an effort to redeem chance as an intelligible force interacting with stable patterns in nature.A proper conception of probabilities and regularities in the world's unfolding reveals neither random chaos nor a predetermined blueprint but a view of the universe as the fruit of both chance and necessity. By clarifying terms often used imprecisely in both scientific and theological discourse, the authors make the case that the role of chance in evolution neither mitigates God's radical otherness from creation nor challenges the efficacy of God's providence in the world.
Crysdale was the Stallworth Lecturer at Huntingdon College in 2013. Her book, written along with the Australian Neil Ormerod, presents sustained argument for incorporating the insights of Bernard Lonergan into thinking about creation and our place in the universe. The authors suggest that Lonergan’s notion of “emergent probability”provides a good response to those who argue that evolution is based on random mutations that display no obvious purpose." -- Frank Buckner