The Blurred Line Between Theistic Evolution and Intelligent Design

Mikael Leidenhag

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Abstract

In the dialogue between science and religion, it is often assumed that there is a hard line between theistic evolution and intelligent design. Many theistic evolutionists subscribe to the idea that God only acts through natural processes, as opposed to the intelligent design assertion that God, at certain points in natural history, has acted in a direct manner; directly causing particular features of the world. In this paper, I argue that theistic evolutionists subscribe to what might be called Natural Divine Causation (NDC). NDC does not merely provide a non-supernaturalist and non-interventionist model of divine action, it provides a line of demarcation between theistic evolution and intelligent design. In this paper, I make the critique that NDC is philosophically untenable and argue, consequently, that the line between theistic evolution and intelligent design is blurred.
Original languageEnglish
JournalZygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Early online date13 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 13 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Theistic Evolution
  • Intelligent Design
  • Causal overdetermination

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