Design Discourse: a Way Forward for Theistic Evolutionism?

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It is usually supposed that biological design arguments (where biological complex order is seen as evidence of a Creator) are made obsolete by Darwinian evolutionary theory. However, philosopher Alvin Plantinga and others have defended the continued possibility of a rational "design discourse", in which biological order is taken as a sign of God's purposeful action. In this article, I consider two objections to design discourse: (1) a theological objection to biological design based on the problem of natural evil, and (2) the evolutionary objection, according to which evolutionary theory removes the justification for any biological design perception. Whereas Plantinga's own response utilizes the arguments of the Intelligent Design movement, I argue in favor of utilizing "design discourse" as part of a theistic evolutionist view.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNeue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie.
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)435-451
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • theistic evolutionism
  • teleology
  • design argument
  • problem of natural evil
  • Alvin Plantinga
  • 614 Theology

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