The blurred line between theistic evolution and intelligent design

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Abstract

It is often assumed that there is a hard line between theistic evolution (TE) and intelligent design (ID). Many theistic evolutionists subscribe to the idea that God only acts through natural processes, as opposed to the ID assertion that God, at certain points in natural history, has acted in a direct manner; directly causing particular features of the world. In this article, I argue that theistic evolutionists subscribe to what might be called Natural Divine Causation (NDC). NDC does not merely provide a nonsupernaturalist and noninterventionist model of divine action, it provides a line of demarcation between TE and ID. I make the critique that NDC is philosophically untenable and argue, consequently, that the line between TE and ID is blurred.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-931
JournalZygon
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Intelligent Design
  • Theistic evolution
  • Theistic naturalism
  • Divine action

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