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date: 10 July 2020

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The task of harmonizing scientific and religious thought is at the heart of the version of process philosophy developed by Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947). Philosophy ‘attains its chief importance’, Whitehead said, by fusing science and religion ‘into one rational scheme of thought’. The basic method for overcoming the apparent conflicts, he held, is to show that science and religion can be harmonized within a philosophical cosmology that exemplifies the standard philosophical criteria of excellence: adequacy and self-consistency. As this article indicates, a theory of evolution based on naturalism would provide a middle way between the extremes of neo-Darwinism and creationism.

Keywords: Alfred North Whitehead, naturalism, Darwinism, science, religion, creationism, evolutionary theory

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