Professor explores creation and evolution theories

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond concluded the two-day Templeton Colloquium with a discussion of creation ex nihilo and Darwinian evolution Wednesday afternoon.The Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study (NDIAS) and visiting Templeton fellow Dr. Douglas Hedley of Cambridge University sponsored the colloquium. Featured speakers from multiple disciplines discussed Plato’s notion of participation in the divine, used in a Christian sense to explain the relation between creature and Creator. Deane-Drummond began her talk by posing a question about the current predicament of science and faith.“How, in a secular world dominated by an evolutionary paradigm, is it still reasonable to think about creation, Christ and spirit?” Deane-Drummond said.Within this frame, Deane-Drummond explored possible answers to this question through secular and religious outlets that engage with the biological sciences.“Evolutionary theory has, ever since Darwin, resisted the idea of non-material forces operative in the emergent beings,” she said. “But, more recently, secular writers are beginning to open up alternatives that biologists are prepared to take seriously. ”Deane-Drummond cited New York University philosopher Thomas Nagel as one such writer who is willing to accept the presence of a non-material transcendent force in the universe but does not credit creation to a god.Deane-Drummond made use of Aquinas’ understanding of creation to bring Platonic notions and the theory of evolutiony into agreement.“Aquinas develops a hierarchy in the ordering of being, from rocks through to intelligent lif, and, ultimately, humanity,” Deane-Drummond said. “Aquinas marries this hierarchal view with Platonic concept of an absolute Being that is the ultimate source of all such being.”Deane-Drummond proceeded totdiscuss evolutionary theory as an enduring hypothesis based in speculation through a biological viewpoint..She said a model of analogy would make best sense of possible relations between the philosophical concept of participation and evolutionary theory.She said suggested analogies included the symbiosis of creatures contributing to the life of each other while ultimately dependine on God. The process of cooperation of organisms through niche-construction theory was also posited as an analogy of how creatures participate in God’s immanence.“I suggest the language of analogy edges towards the meaningful in what might seem incomprehensible difference,” she said. “It is only by experimenting and speaking a language that resonates with those we are in dialogue with that a faint glimmering of insight can come to the surface.Tags: creation, evolution, Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, participation, Templeton Colloquiumlast_img read more

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Spain are still the team to beat despite Germany World Cup triumph:Philipp Lahm

first_imgFormer Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes Spain are still the team to beat despite Joachim Low’s side lifting the World Cup this summer.Vicente del Bosque’s Spain won three consecutive major tournaments in a row between 2008 and 2012, including the 2010 World Cup.Germany dethroned Spain this summer but Lahm who retired from international football following the World Cup glory, insists despite their group stage exit, Spain remain the top side in the world.  +9Work to do: Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes Spain are still the team to beat in world football   +9Champions: The Bayern Munich defender guided Germany to the World Cup in Brazil this summer’I don’t think that people can already compare us with Spain. They won three titles in a row,’ Lahm told Sport Bild.’Only when Germany can achieve something similar can we say that Germany are the new benchmark. ‘For me, Spain remain the team to beat at the moment and also at Euro 2016.’  +9Retired: Since winning the World Cup Lahm has retired from international football to focus on Bayern Munich   +9New recruit: Pepe Reina signed for Bayern Munich for £2million from Liverpool this summer   +9Stuck in: Franck Ribery was injured for the World Cup and has retired from international football with France   +9Focused: Striker Claudio Pizarro (centre) has yet to feature for the Bundesliga champions this season   +9 Still top? Lahm claims 2010 World Champions Spain are still the team to beat and will be a threat at Euro 2016 The Bayern Munich defender reflected on Germany’s performances over the past decade and claimed the catalyst was their dismal Euro 2004 campaign.’Germany have gone through a lot to get here. I still remember the group-stage elimination at Euro 2004, which was a huge disappointment.’We learned a lot, though, and developed as a team in the following years. There was the semi-final at the 2006 World Cup, the final at Euro 2008 and semi-finals at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.   +9New leader: Bastian Schweinsteiger lifts the World Cup and has replaced Philipp Lahm as Germany captain’The road to the World Cup title was a long one.’Lahm will now concentrate on success with Bayern Munich who have had a mixed start to the new season.The reigning Bundesliga champions lost the German Super Cup 2-0 to rivals Borussia Dortmund and drew 1-1 at Schalke on Saturday.   +9Summer deal: Xabi Alonso has joined Lahm at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, wanting a new challengelast_img read more

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