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Religion and Human Nature$
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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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Evolutionary Naturalism

Evolutionary Naturalism

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(p.113) 6 Evolutionary Naturalism
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Religion and Human Nature
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Keith Ward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0006

This chapter examines the view of evolutionary naturalism on the concept of human nature. Evolutionary naturalism is based on Charles Darwin's hypothesis of natural selection and it holds that the human condition emerged from the European scientific Enlightenment. There are four essential elements in Darwin's theory. These are continual slight variation in inheritance, multiplication of organisms at a tremendous rate, struggle for existence, and continual elimination of the unfit to produce more and more adaptive organisms.

Keywords:   evolutionary naturalism, human nature, Charles Darwin, natural selection, Enlightenment

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