Evolution and Religion 2 Volume Paperback Set: Evolution and Religion: Volume 1 (Cambridge Library Collection - Science and Religion)

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Henry Ward Beecher
Cambridge University Press, 7/20/2009
EAN 9781108000208, ISBN10: 1108000207

Paperback, 152 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 0.8 cm
Language: English

Henry Ward Beecher, a nineteenth-century American Congregationalist pastor and journal editor, was a renowned public speaker active in campaigns against slavery and for social reform. He was an advocate of the theory of evolution and firmly believed that Christianity should adapt itself in the face of change. Volume 1 of Evolution and Religion (published in two volumes in 1885, two years before his death) is a compilation of his lectures defending the science of evolution. In them, he discusses the implications of the 'new' evolutionary philosophy for various key Christian doctrines such as the divine nature, human sinfulness, the inspiration of the Bible, and divine providence, and asserts that change will only help and not hinder religious thought. Beecher's charisma, enthusiasm and flamboyant oratory is evident even in print, and this book stands as a lasting testimony to this influential activist and thinker.

1. Evolution in human consciousness of the idea of God
2. The two revelations
3. The inspiration of the Bible
4. The sinfulness of man
5. The new birth
6. Divine providence and design
7. Evolution and the church.