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In vriendskap met Darwin in die Christelike ontwerp van ’n antropologie?

Daniël P. Veldsman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1374 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1374 | © 2013 Daniël P. Veldsman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 December 2012 | Published: 06 June 2013

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Daniël P. Veldsman, Department of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In friendship with Darwin in designing an anthropology from a Christian perspective? Best science and best theological reflection – the two belongs together for the sake of both. This is argued for in the exposition of the justification of friendship with Darwin (best science as evolutionary science) which is argumentatively connected from a Christian perspective to the praiseworthiness of God as creator (best theological reflection). Concretely, this implies making theologically sense of the important contemporary contribution of evolutionary biology on the origin of life and the descriptions of life. This endeavour necessitates a critical re-reading not only of Darwinian abuse and misperceptions but also of the larger historical context of the aforegoing scientific revolutions and their aftermath. Therefore, both discourses of abuse on the extreme spectrum of reflection on creation and life are critically addressed, namely creationism or Intelligent Design and bio-fundamentalism. As hermeneutical tool of discernment, the argument of evolutionary re-conceptualisation is unfolded as a distinction between an official story and alternative story to highlight not only the exciting implications of the latter but also especially as act of the de-domestication of our understanding of God as the praiseworthy God of creation.


Darwinism; Evolutionary Biology; Scientific revolutions; Evolutionary re-conceptualisation; Creationism; Intelligent Design; Bio-fundamentalism; Evolutionary Theology


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