2020 ILLUMINATION AWARD Gold, Theology
Catholic Press Association Book Award 3rd Place, Faith and Science
“Roger Haight has taken on a significant task by engaging modern evolutionary biology as a resource for reflection on important Christian theological issues . . . . well worth a careful and critical read.” --Narola Ao McFayden, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
The book is extremely rich in content and surely gives a sophisticated voice to a quite-large present current of thought. Haight offers a systematic reconstruction that would be appealing to Catholic progressives. The thesis of the book is that since evolution is a proven fact, there can be no divine intervention from outside the natural order into nature. Catholic dogma has long ago been formulated precisely in terms of God entering the world from above. This includes God entering the world in the person of Jesus Christ. Hence, Haight sets out in this book to recast Catholic dogma about God, creation, sin, the Holy Spirit, and Christology, to harmonize them with evolution. -- Jerome Gellman, Reading Religion a Publication of the American Academy of Religion
“This book asks what science can teach Christian theologians about our own self-understanding.”—From the Preface
Faith and Evolution offers a constructive way of understanding basic Christian doctrines, which were formulated in an ancient culture and language, while at the same time acknowledging scientific concepts that shape our current understanding of ourselves. Roger Haight skillfully lays the groundwork for a dialogue between an evolutionary world and core doctrines of Christian faith to overcome the present disconnect between our faith and our intellectual culture.
Roger Haight, a Jesuit priest and theologian, is Scholar in Residence at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, he is the author of numerous books, including Jesus Symbol of God, Dynamics of Theology, Christian Spirituality for Seekers, Spirituality Seeking Theology, and Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers (all Orbis).