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Evolution and holiness : sociobiology, altruism, and the quest for Wesleyan perfection

Author: Matthew Nelson Hill
Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2016]
Series: Strategic initiatives in evangelical theology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Theology needs to engage what recent developments in the study of evolution mean for how we understand moral behavior. How does the theological concept of holiness connect to contemporary understandings of evolution? If genetic explanations of altruism fall short, what role should we give to environmental explanations and free will? Likewise, how do genetic explanations relate to theological accounts of human  Read more...
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Hill, Matthew Nelson, 1981-
Evolution and holiness.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015041468
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Nelson Hill
ISBN: 9780830839070 0830839070
OCLC Number: 921867559
Description: 247 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Sociobiological explanations of altruism --
Altruism and the explanatory limitations of evolution --
Overcoming genetic and environmental constraints on altruism --
Wesleyan holiness against a backdrop of evolution --
How Wesley nurtured altruism despite biological constraints --
A lifestyle of holiness --
Appendix 1 : Excerpt from "Principles of a Methodist" on the topic of Christian perfection --
Appendix 2 : Excerpt from "A plain account of Christian perfection" --
Appendix 3 : Rules of the band societies--drawn up Dec. 25, 1738.
Series Title: Strategic initiatives in evangelical theology.
Responsibility: Matthew Nelson Hill ; foreword by Darrel R. Falk.

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Theology needs to engage what recent developments in the study of evolution mean for how we understand moral behavior. How does the theological concept of holiness connect to contemporary understandings of evolution? If genetic explanations of altruism fall short, what role should we give to environmental explanations and free will? Likewise, how do genetic explanations relate to theological accounts of human goodness and holiness? In this groundbreaking work, Matthew Hill uses the lens of Wesleyan ethics to offer a fresh assessment of the intersection of evolution and theology. He shows that what is at stake in this conversation is not only the future of the church but also the fine-tuning of human evolution. (Publisher).

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