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Introduction 1. Nature: From Sacrament to Promise 2. God: From Governor to Goal 3. Dogma: From Fixist to Futurist 4. Spirituality: From Contemplation to Anticipation 5. Life: From Design to Drama 6. Evolution: From Outcome to Opportunity 7. Suffering: From Expiation to Expectation 8. Dignity: From Duality to Relationality 9. Morality: From Perfection to Process 10. Mind: From Afterthought to Axis 11. Humanity: From Term to Transition 12. Ecology: From Preservation to Preparation 13. Destiny: From Personal to Cosmic Bibliography Index

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Scientific discoveries have shown that the universe is continually unfolding, expanding, and adapting -- John Haught explores the consequences of this for Christian thought and for the relationship of religion and science.

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John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, USA. He is the author of 18 books, including Science and Faith: A New Introduction (2012), Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science (2006), and Deeper Than Darwin: the Prospects for Religion in the Age of Evolution (2003), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In 2002 he was the winner of the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, in 2004 the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and in 2008 a "Friend of Darwin Award" from the National Center for Science Education. His books have been translated into 13 languages.


The merit of the author consists in offering a readable book concerning such a difficult argument. He succeeds in presenting the fully rational dimension of hope in the contemporary age of science. * Reviews in Religion and Theology *
John F. Haught's latest book provides a brilliant theological analysis of what the Catholic faith means in an age of evolution. It is an intellectually adventurous, most inspiring work-a creative response to the Second Vatican Council's call for the much needed renewal of the Catholic Church. This illuminating account of what Haught calls 'the metaphysics of the future' unfolds before us the grandeur of cosmic and Christian hope. Deeply influenced by Teilhard de Chardin, Lonergan, Rahner, and other modern theologians and philosophers, Haught's thought challenges its readers in every fibre of their being to think afresh about the much misunderstood relationship between religion and evolution. It also addresses such topical issues as ecology, transhumanism, the value of human life, suffering and death, and the great biblical promise of the future. I cannot recommend this book too highly-it is a model of clarity, strength of argument, original thinking, and a most persuasive summons to re-examine our life and thought in the light of evolutionary becoming. * Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, UK *
Professor Haught provides us with a readable, thoughtful synthesis. Not merely responding to the 'New Atheists,' as he has done so well, he offers a way forward for Catholics to think about how the faith relates to issues in science. He reminds us that it is 'good news' that the universe is unfinished. * Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University, USA *

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