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The Evolution Controversy

Daniel Kuebler

Thomas B. Fowler

Fowler and Kuebler, in covering the Intelligent Design proponents, note that they deem the observed complexity within certain biological systems, structures, and operations too great to be explained by naturalistic mechanisms alone, and that therefore some sort of intelligent agency is required to explain the existence of said biological systems, structures, and operations. The authors also analyze the Meta-Darwinian interpretation which posits that other natural mechanisms are required to explain evolution other than natural selection and random mutation (including: endosymbiosis, which is the engulfing of other structures and systems by existent cells; morphogenetic fields, which describes the general developmental area within which the system grows; and exaptation, which describes the co-opting of seemingly useless structures and systems from the environment within which the evolution of complexity occurs). Fowler and Kuebler seemingly, but not explicitly, it should be noted, believe that the Meta-Darwinian paradigm of evolutionary change is the most coherent. All in all, no one—lay or trained alike—could go wrong in reading, studying, and critically interacting with this book. There are few weak points to be found within this book, and the church of Jesus Christ would be well served by reading it, for in today’s environment one can no longer adequately say “because the Bible says so,” and expect the audience to be amenable (except within the Church!) to what you have to say. Instead, in order to effectively dialog with others regarding the issues addressed by science and religion, we need to be aware of their theories—perhaps even better than they—so that we can be effective witnesses for Christ, his Spirit, and his Father. I urge all Pneuma Review readers to buy this volume when able!

Reviewed by Bradford McCall


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This review was originally published on the In Depth Resources index of the Pneuma Foundation website on May 23, 2008. The Pneuma Foundation is the parent organization of

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Category: In Depth, Summer 2017

About the Author: Bradford L. McCall, B.S. in Biology (Georgia Southwestern St. University, 2000), M.Div. (Asbury Theological Seminary, 2005), grew up on a cotton farm in south Georgia. A graduate student at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Bradford has particular interest in teleology, causation and early modern philosophy.

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