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God And Evolution: God And Sunyata In An Evolutionary Context

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The controversy over evolution divides Christianity into two different camps: one of biblical creationism (associated with scientific creationism and Intelligent Design), and the other of theistic evolution which affirms both Christian faith and accepts Darwinian theory as a scientific research model. This chapter provides a brief understanding of what the theory of evolution means. The Darwinian model of evolution or evolutionary biology is accepted as the paradigm or research model in the scientific community for the study of human nature and biology. Buddhists affirm that Sunyata represents a spiritual truth which is different from the empirically observable truth of science. The historical Buddha established Sunyata as a radical counterproposal to the Hindu view of Brahma and Atman. Regarding God and Sunyata, Masao Abe states: "God is 'dazzling darkness' because in God, who is infinite love, self-emptying as-it-is selffulfillment, self-fulfillment as-it-is self-emptying.

Keywords: Christian faith; Darwinian theory; scientific research model; Sunyata; theory of evolution

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