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Genes, Genesis and God 1997–1998

Holmes Rolston III


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Holmes Rolston challenges the sociobiology orthodoxy that would naturalise science, ethics and religion. He argues that genetic processes are not blind and selfish, and that nature is not value-free. Argues that the phenomena of religion can not be reduced to the phenomena of biology. Genes, Genesis and God investigates the claim that science, ethics and religion can be naturalized in an analysis of biodiversity through evolutionary history. Rolston seeks to articulate how values are formed and transmitted in both cultural and natural history. Analyzing the dynamic universe and the ongoing development of humanity, Rolston argues there are two basic explanations for evolutionary progress: one can either lean toward a scientific explanation or a religious explanation for the creation of the universe and humanity, or Rolston believes, one can find a third possibility that draws upon and mediates between the two views. Genes, Genesis and God analyzes the realms of science, ethics and religion within natural evolutionary history and cultural history. Rolston maintains that all three areas of science, ethics and religion are essential for understanding human self-identity because humans live in a world denominated by both nature and culture.
KEY WORDS: Genes, Ethics, Evolution, Darwin, DNA, Genetics, Culture, Science, Behavioural ecology, Sociobiology, Selfish genes

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OnlineCambridge University Press1999
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Templeton Press