By G. Clinton Godart
Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine is the 1st booklet in English at the historical past of evolutionary thought in Japan. Bringing to existence greater than a century of principles, G. Clinton Godart examines how and why jap intellectuals, non secular thinkers of other faiths, philosophers, biologists, newshounds, activists, and ideologues engaged with evolutionary conception and faith. How did jap religiously take into consideration evolution? What have been their major matters? Did they reject evolution on non secular grounds, or—as used to be extra frequently the case—how did they mix evolutionary thought with their non secular beliefs?
Evolutionary concept was once debatable and not passively authorised in Japan: It took 100 years of appropriating, translating, considering, and debating to re-examine the flora and fauna and the relation among nature, technology, and the sacred in mild of evolutionary conception. on the grounds that its advent within the 19th century, jap intellectuals—including Buddhist, Shinto, Confucian, and Christian thinkers—in their very own methods and infrequently with opposing agendas, struggled to formulate a significant worldview after Darwin. within the a long time that undefined, because the jap redefined their relation to nature and equipped a contemporary countryside, the debates on evolutionary conception intensified and country ideologues grew more and more antagonistic towards its ideas. in the course of the spiritual reception of evolution was once ruled by way of a long-held worry of the assumption of nature and society as chilly and materialist, ruled by means of the senseless “struggle for survival.” This aversion endeavored many spiritual thinkers, philosophers, and biologists to discover goodness and the divine inside of nature and evolution. It used to be this force, argues Godart, that formed a lot of Japan’s smooth highbrow heritage and altered eastern understandings of nature, society, and the sacred.
Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine will give a contribution considerably to 2 of the main debated subject matters within the historical past of evolutionary conception: faith and the political legacy of evolution. it's going to, for that reason, entice the wide viewers attracted to Darwin reports in addition to scholars and students of eastern highbrow background, faith, and philosophy.
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Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) by G. Clinton Godart