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’s Iberdrola moves forward with 500MW solar farm, plans for much more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Iberdrola SA signed a financing agreement with a pair of lenders for a 500-MW Spanish solar photovoltaic plant that is part of a growing fleet of subsidy-free renewables projects being lined up to sell their power to corporate buyers.The European Investment Bank will provide €145 million to fund the facility being built in Spain’s Extremadura region, while Instituto de Crédito Oficial, the Spanish state-owned bank, is pitching in with €140 million, according to a July 16 statement.The project, known as Núñez de Balboa, is expected to be commissioned in 2020 and carries a total investment of more than €290 million, the parties said. Once online, the project will boast a total installed capacity of 500 MW and a maximum grid connection capacity of 391 MW, according to Iberdrola’s website, making it one of the largest solar parks under development in Europe.It is one of a growing number of large-scale solar facilities in development across Iberia, many of which are now being realized without government subsidies and are instead lining up large energy users as power off-takers.Iberdrola had said it signed long-term power purchase agreements to sell part of Núñez de Balboa’s electricity output to three Spanish corporates: telecommunications operator Euskaltel SA, distribution company Uvesco SA and banking group Kutxabank SA. A spokesperson said the company is “open to other [off-take] agreements” for the project.In Extremadura alone, Iberdrola is aiming to install 2 GW of new solar and wind capacity in Spain by 2022. As it stands, the company has 1,268 MW of solar in various stages of development, including the €300 million Francisco Pizarro project, which will stand at 590 MW.More ($): Iberdrola raises finance for giant corporate-backed Spanish solar park Spain’s Iberdrola moves forward with 500MW solar farm, plans for much morelast_img read more

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