Human Evolution and Religion

Monday, November 11, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Human Evolution and Religion: Exploring Christian and Buddhist Perspectives 

Presented by Richard Hanson, senior lecturer, Philosophy

Human evolution is often a contentious issue for religious people in the US. But thinkers within many different religious traditions have offered perspectives that simultaneously affirm scientific conclusions regarding evolution and support the teachings of their religions. 


This talk will examine the evolutionary models of two such thinkers: the Christian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the Buddhist Anagarika Dharmapala. Each crafted a synthesis between the discoveries of evolutionary biology and their religious worldview. 


After examining the ways in which Dharmapala and Teilhard approach evolution, I will offer a comparative analysis of their views with the aim of opening a wider and more inclusive conversation on evolution and religions. 

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