Evolution, Tragedy, and Hope
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Contemporary physics and especially evolutionary science, Steven Weinberg argues, point to an utterly impersonal and indifferent universe, one that rules out the interested God of religious faith. Dualism releases theology from the obligation of seeking a genuine consonance between religion and contemporary science. Evolution appears to be a mindless lottery rather than the mighty act of an omnipotent God. The God whom Christian faith identifies with infinite love is also one who—as a resurrection faith vividly attests—opens up a new future for humans and the whole of creation. The world can have its own being and its own evolutionary potential, therefore, only if God’s creative power and love consist of a kind of self-concealment. Skeptics have rejected a divine planner as incompatible with the undirected course of biotic evolution, while many theists have contemptuously dismissed evolution as incompatible with their notion of a designing deity.