By G. Clinton Godart

Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine is the 1st ebook in English at the historical past of evolutionary idea in Japan. Bringing to existence greater than a century of principles, G. Clinton Godart examines how and why eastern intellectuals, non secular thinkers of other faiths, philosophers, biologists, reporters, activists, and ideologues engaged with evolutionary thought and faith. How did eastern religiously take into consideration evolution? What have been their major issues? Did they reject evolution on non secular grounds, or—as used to be extra frequently the case—how did they mix evolutionary idea with their non secular beliefs?

Evolutionary conception used to be debatable and not passively authorized in Japan: It took 100 years of appropriating, translating, pondering, and debating to re-examine the flora and fauna and the relation among nature, technological know-how, and the sacred in mild of evolutionary concept. because its advent within the 19th century, eastern intellectuals—including Buddhist, Shinto, Confucian, and Christian thinkers—in their very own methods and sometimes with opposing agendas, struggled to formulate a significant worldview after Darwin. within the many years that undefined, because the eastern redefined their relation to nature and outfitted a latest geographical region, the debates on evolutionary thought intensified and nation ideologues grew more and more opposed towards its rules. through the spiritual reception of evolution was once ruled via a long-held worry of the belief of nature and society as chilly and materialist, ruled by means of the senseless “struggle for survival.” This aversion endeavored many non secular 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 sleek highbrow historical past and adjusted jap 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 thought: faith and the political legacy of evolution. it is going to, as a result, attract the wide viewers attracted to Darwin reports in addition to scholars and students of eastern highbrow historical past, faith, and philosophy.

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