God After Darwin

A Theology of Evolution


John F. Haught

Second Edition • July 1, 2007 • 256 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813343709 • $40.00 USD$56.50 CAN

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In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion—as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be—actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. Solidly grounded in scholarship, Haught’s explanation of the relationship between theology and evolution is both accessible and engaging.

The second edition of God After Darwin features an entirely new chapter on the ongoing, controversial debate between intelligent design and evolution, including an assessment of Haught’s experience as an expert witness in the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District on teaching evolution and intelligent design in schools.


John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. John F. Haught is professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

1. Beyond Design
2. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
3. Theology Since Darwin
4. Darwin’s Gift to Theology
5. Religion, Evolution, and Information
6. A God for Evolution
7. Evolution, Tragedy, and Cosmic Purpose
8. Religion, Ethics, and Evolution
9. Evolution, Ecology, and the Promise of Nature
10. Cosmic Evolution and Divine Action
11. Darwin and God After Dover
12. Conclusion

“Haught’s remarkable study faces without flinching the challenge that the evolutionary character of reality presents to a robust and intelligent [or credible] belief in God. In a most readable and perceptive manner the author dissects the character of that challenge, points out the limitations on its understanding imposed by its prejudices, and explores an excitingly open view of God’s creative involvement in the processes of reality and its ecological significance. This is a book full of illuminating insights that will stimulate and inform all those who are seriously interested in the science and religion debate today.” —David A. Pailin, University of Manchester

“The relationship of science and religion has once again assumed centrality among cultural and intellectual concerns. John Haught has encouraged this development and continues to give leadership to the reflection involved. This book provides an original, insightful, and exhilarating look at how a quite radical version of neo-Darwinian theory, usually understood as excluding any belief in God, can in fact aid Christians in developing a more Biblical faith by replacing the God of static design and controlling power with the God of vulnerable, self-giving love.” —John B. Cobb Jr., School of Theology at Claremont

“A lucid, learned, and liberating book with a new insight on almost every page. A pleasure to read, God After Darwin subtly rearranges the religious furniture in your head. Haught’s thought-provoking proposals, especially his view of God as the dynamic, loving power of the future with a vision rather than a plan for this evolving universe, deserves wide readership and discussion.” —Elizabeth A. Johnson, Fordham University

“Haught argues that evolutionary biology can enrich theological conviction, and vice versa. He does so with vigor and insight, reforming and deepening classical ideas of God, often regaining overlooked Biblical wisdom. Against fears of irreconcilable conflict, Haught’s challenge is that theology after Darwin not only survives, but is even more of an adapted fit in the world. His analysis is seminal, fertile enough to breed a next generation of theologians.” —Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University; author of Genes, Genesis and God

“As an evolutionary biologist, I have read Haught’s book with excitement, admiration, and pleasure—though it will take me a long time to ponder all of the stimulating ideas.” —Peter Dodson, University of Pennsylvania; president, Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science

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