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Haught's aim in this slim and accessible volume is to map out a middle course between these familiar extremes by showing that one can be a committed evolutionist without compromising one's faith.
Haught's book begins with the obligatory chapter on Darwin.
The second of Haught's alliteratively titled chapters (Darwin, Design, Diversity, Descent, Drama, etc.) carries much of the book's argumentative burden.
One of Haught's central contentions in this chapter is that both camps in the evolution wars subscribe to the same flawed theology--inherited from William Paley--according to which God is a kind of divine engineer, postulated by theology in order to explain the appearance of design in the natural world.
Haught is a distinguished research professor of theology and a Senior Fellow in Science and Religion at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
Haught admits that the main assertions and/or content of this book remain similar to the first version with the exception of some clarifications and comments concerning his involvement in the aforementioned trial.
Haught would contend that the classic positions of the current debate (evolutionary naturalism vs.
In order to accomplish this, Haught asserts the "metaphysics of the future" as the rubric in which he finds the Divine as the appointed end that the universe is being drawn toward and as the best explanation for the novelty found in the evolutionary process, rather than the mechanical (read algorithmic) processes put forth by evolutionary materialists.
Haught, a recently retired professor of theology at Georgetown University, as an expert witness.
"Intelligent-design proponents stop short of identifying the intelligent designer as God, but I would say that the structure and history of Western thought, especially religious thought as such, that most readers, if not all, will immediately identify this intelligent agent with the deity of theistic, that is biblically based, religion," Haught said.
Haught also offered a neat summation of the difference between science and religion.
During cross-examination, Thomas More Center attorney Thompson attempted to lead Haught into admitting that ID is not the same as creationism.
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