Religion Past and Present

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I. History and Cosmology – II. Religious Studies – III. Evolution and Creation – IV. Social Sciences – V. Ethics

I. History and Cosmology

The significance of the notion of evolution as a historical process taking place through the interaction of contingent factors and regular laws first attracted attention in 18th-century geology, where it served to mediate between the theory of uniformity, espoused by James Hutton (1726–17…

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Polkinghorne, John, Pollack, Detlef, Hübner, Jürgen, Kubon-Gilke, Gisela and Leiner, Martin, “Evolution”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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