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Evolution, Theology And Biosemiotics

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The contents of this chapter are preparatory for the development of the Peircean approach to the theology of creation. The chapter suggests that the challenges posed by evolutionary theology to Christian theology are thought of in terms of three main themes: evolutionary continuity, historical contingency, and ontological naturalism. It is further suggested that each of these themes turns out to correspond loosely to a distinct phase in the development of Darwinian evolutionary biology. The chapter introduces the field of biosemiotics, a currently somewhat marginalized area of theoretical biology; the author suggests that biosemiotics may offer resources for a theology of nature that is able to take the scientific findings of evolutionary biology with utmost seriousness. The chapter summarizes the author's work done on developing a formal definition of interpretation, a definition that draws on Charles S. Peirce's account of semiosis as an end-directed process.

Keywords: biosemiotics; Charles S. Peirce; Christian theology; Darwinian evolutionary biology; semiosis



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