The overriding theme in the four Papers in Volume VIII (Part I to Part IV) is Man’s position in the universe. A clear understanding of what that position really is, seen in the light of evidences of divine forethought in creation, is important not only in our search for meaning and purpose in life, but for our spiritual well-being.
PART I: THE UNIVERSE: DESIGNED FOR MAN?
There are excellent reasons for believing that the world we live in did not happen by accident but by design, and that it owes its uniqueness to the character of the Universe as a whole—as though the Universe was made for man!
PART II: SCIENTIFIC DETERMINISM: DIVINE INTERVENTION
The Universe does indeed look like Newton’s perfect watch—and this all pervasive mechanism seems to drive God out of his own creation entirely! Can God intervene? Can we discover a pattern of intervention which is reconcilable with a concept of perfect mechanism? Can we account for the Watchmaker’s need to ‘tinker’ while still maintaining he made a perfect watch? Is divine intervention necessary?
PART III: THE MEDIEVAL SYNTHESIS AND THE MODERN FRAGMENTATION OF THOUGHT
The Medieval worldview of Man’s significance in the Universe, which was essentially spiritual, contrasts markedly with the modern worldview, which is essentially technical. A new synthesis is needed—one which recognizes not only our physical and intellectual dimensions but also our spiritual dimension.
PART IV: THE FITNESS OF LIVING THINGS: SIGNIFICANCE OF DAUERMODIFICATIONS
Just how do living things adjust to changing environments and yet maintain their species? By mutation? Inheritance? Divine intervention? Or is there another alternative?
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