St. George Jackson Mivart: evo-devo, epigenetics and Thomism

David O. Brown

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St. George Jackson Mivart is mostly remembered as a cautionary tale. If Mivart is mentioned at all in modern debates, it is to offer an example of how not to do biology and theology. However, in this paper I argue that, ongoing developments in evolutionary biology have produced genuine alternatives to strict neo-Darwinism that not only seek to downplay the role of natural selection, but do so in ways that are strikingly reminiscent of Mivart’s unpopular theory. Similarly, modern Thomists are also taking an approach to science and religion that mirrors Mivarts own approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-492
Number of pages19
JournalTheology and Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2022


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