Evolution as an Unwrapping of the Gift of Freedom
Keywords: 
theistic evolution
Wisdom
genotype-phenotype map
statistical mechanics
emergence
theodicy
Issue Date: 
2020
Publisher: 
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika
ISSN: 
2300-7648
Citation: 
McLeish, T. (Tom). "Evolution as an Unwrapping of the Gift of Freedom". Scientia et Fides. 8 (2), 2020, 43 - 64
Abstract
Extending the approach to a ‘theology of science’ developed in Faith and Wisdom in Science (McLeish 2014), I expand its theme of the tension between chaos and emergent order, within the arc of the Biblical story of creation, towards a theol-ogy of evolutionary science. In addition to the material in Job, the book of Wisdomprovides a remarkable account of transmutation of species, within a recapitulation of the Exodus theme, that I reconsider as a background historical narrative to an inter-pretation of modern genotype-phenotype theory of evolutionary dynamics, exploiting analogies with statistical mechanics. The dual and connected structures of microscopic and macroscopic provide a contemporary locus for the Joban tensions of chaos and emergent order, and provide an interpretative narrative for the emergent directionality of evolution, and a theology that situates within a creation of freedom to explore the potential of the created order.

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