Special Issue "Theodicy and Challenges of Science: Understanding God, Evil and Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 13318
Interests: theology of science; theodicy; science–religion debate; Thomism; pilgrimage; medieval liturgy; philosophy of religion; religious freedom
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Interests: philosophy of science; philosophy of religion; neurophilosophy; philosophical anthropology; cognitive science of religion; ontology; theodicy
The aim of the Special Issue is to address one of the most challenging questions in theodicy: if God is infinitely good, how can there be so much pain and suffering in the evolutionary path of the human beings? Or more specific, if God exists, why did He allow evolution to develop cognitive mechanisms that produce behaviour that is evil or morally bad, causing pain and suffering to so many? Contributions aiming to rethink the interconnectedness of the fundamental concepts such as evolution, nature, suffering, pain, values, evil, and good, would be welcomed. Very often, “nature red in tooth and claw” is raised as an argument against the existence of God. However, can we consider the nature and evolution from a broader perspective, providing a new framework for understanding pain and suffering? This Special Issue also welcomes contributions regarding the (evolutionary) cognitive science of religion, which is developing serious challenges to theodicy and understanding the God–world relation. Namely, the evolved moral bias of the in-group against the out-group for the goal of survival is considered one of the key factors for enabling the prejudice and dehumanization that causes harm and violence. Nevertheless, the same biological fundaments and cognitive mechanisms also enabled moral codes of religion that proclaim good moral behaviour, such as altruism, cooperation and sentience. How can we incorporate these theories into theodicy and provide new perspectives on the issue? Contributors are encouraged not to rely exclusively on philosophical and theological theories, but to be open for scientific insights that suggest reconsideration of the classical viewpoints in theodicy.
Dr. Piotr Roszak
Dr. Sasa Horvat
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- cognitive science of religion