dysteleology

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dys·tel·e·ol·o·gy

(dĭs-tĕl′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, -tē′lē-)
n.
1. The doctrine of purposelessness in nature.
2. Purposelessness in structures of living bodies, as manifested by the existence of vestigial or nonfunctional organs or parts.

dys·tel′e·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
dys·tel′e·ol′o·gist n.

dysteleology

(ˌdɪstɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ; -tiːlɪ-)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy the denial of purpose in life. Compare teleology
dysˌteleoˈlogical adj
ˌdysteleˈologist n

dysteleology

a doctrine denying the existence of a final cause or purpose in life or nature. Cf. teleology.dysteleologist, n.dysteleological, adj.
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In other words, Darwin is definitely not embracing the dysteleological worldview of Dawkins.
Remarkably, Darwin offers a picture of the world that is far from the bleak and pitiless view embraced by dysteleological evolutionists like Dawkins.
But regrettably few Christians enter this academic discipline, which is usually dripping with a nauseating dysteleological metaphysic and positivistic methodology.
For example, the term evolution may refer to teleological evolution (a purposeful and designed process) or a dysteleological evolution (a process devoid of purpose and driven by chance only), that is, the basic molecules to humans theory.
In addition to the confusion in terminology, we have a further component in this discourse that is related neither to the methodology nor to the scientific aspects of the discourse: the profound spiritual and moral consequences implicit in the very nature of the choices one has to make between intelligent design and its lack, between a teleological universe and a dysteleological one.
Through her creative dynamism, Sophia enters into creation and its creatures, producing friends of God and prophets against dysteleological suffering and death within the cosmos.
Empowered by the suffering of Sophia immanent in the being and becoming of the cosmos, these sufferers find healing and liberation in that vivified suffering toward new creation that no dysteleological suffering can ultimately thwart.
To continue with shorthand analogies, it is possible to make the following statement about memetics: Memetics is a Darwinian dysteleological theory of culture and mind that is often forced to use teleological language to describe what it claims to be non-teleological processes and events.
It is important to underline that this view of evolution is not the dysteleological process assumed by Richard Dawkins.
Once again, Darwin provides a view of evolution that is clearly not dysteleological, as assumed by Dawkins.
Of course, dysteleological polemicists such as Dawkins focus on this rather unsavory aspect of evolutionary theory along with the idea of the survival of the fittest in order to justify their disbelief.
Darwinism is a problematic term since it is often skewed to carry metaphysical implications of atheism or of a dysteleological universe--notions to which Darwin never ascribed.