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Interpreting Scripture, Assimilating Science: Four British And American Christian Evolutionists On The Relationship Between Science, The Bible, And Doctrine

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This chapter deals with four English-speaking Christians who are generally considered to have taken evolution seriously while maintaining their religious views without major changes. Aubrey Moore, James Iverach, George Frederick Wright, and John Gulick all showed an awareness of the challenges presented by Darwinian evolution and they commented on the scripturally based doctrines it affected. James Moore, in his Post- Darwinian Controversies, identified Moore, Iverach, and Wright as ?Christian Darwinists,? who accepted a more truly Darwinian evolution because of their conservative religious views, rather than the progressive evolution typically promoted by more liberal Christians. Gulick went further, and as a leading evolutionary theorist, did work on geographical and reproductive isolation which influenced the development of the neo-Darwinian synthesis. Without reconciling specific scriptural and scientific details, Iverach attempted to show how Christians could hold to mainstream readings of the Bible in a scientific age.

Keywords: Aubrey Moore; Bible; Christian doctrine; Darwinian evolution; George Frederick Wright; James Iverach; John Gulick

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