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Nature in Belief: Evolutionary Explanation, Biological Function, and Religious Purpose

Project Leader(s)

James K. A. Smith
Director, Seminars in Christian Scholarship
Calvin College

Alvin Plantinga
John A. O’Brien Chair
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame

Jeffrey Schloss
Biology Department
Westmont College

Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

This research grant surveyed the leading evolutionary theories of biological purpose and religious function, and assessed these notions both philosophically and theologically. A subsequent conference was held to discuss research findings, and an edited volume of essays was published by Oxford University Press under the title The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (2009).

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Start Date:
September 2003
End Date:
February 2006
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