By Alister E. McGrath
This article introduces readers to the attention-grabbing interplay of technology and faith. it truly is particularly designed for college kids on technological know-how and faith classes who've very little previous wisdom in both sector.
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Modernism is of major importance to our study, in view of its strong support for Darwinian theories of evolution. Always more radical than liberalism, modernism saw no difficulty in eliminating those aspects of Christian thought which they found inconvenient. This is perhaps most clearly seen in relation to its attitude to biological evolution. Modernism seemed to deify evolution, by investing the evolutionary process with supernatural significance through an appeal to spiritual or cosmic forces which guided that process towards its goal.
Thus a writer who has a particular concern to show that all religions give access to the same divine reality will develop a definition of religion which embodies this belief (for example, F. Max Mueller's famous definition of religion as "a disposition which enables men to apprehend the Infinite under different names and disguises"). A similar agenda underlies more recent writings which are committed to the view that all religions are simply local culturally-conditioned responses to the same basic transcendent ultimate reality.
3 It has been suggested that liberalism is too ready to surrender distinctive Christian doctrines in an effort to become acceptable to contemporary culture. Liberal Protestantism is of considerable importance to our study, in that it adopts a generally positive attitude towards the religious significance of the natural sciences. This was especially clear in the case of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which was seen by many Liberal Protestant writers as illustrating the way in which human nature and society were developing upwards.