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Evolution, Spirit, and Spirituality

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In the centuries after Newton, science was held not only to exclude “spirit” but also to disprove its existence. In this final video of the series “Emergent Evolution, Spirituality and God,” Philip Clayton argues that recent changes in the interpretation of science actually invite the non-material back into the conversation. The question confronting us now becomes whether we think of the universe as functioning only reductively—with all true explanations lying ultimately at the level of physics—or as full of possibility, with newness emerging from sources all around us. If the universe is really “upwardly open” in this way, science and religion may serve as partners in addressing life’s deepest questions: what is the meaning of life? What matters; what is of value? And what does it all point to in the end?

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