CIE: Cover and Contents










ix  Acknowledgments                                      


xiii  Foreword                                              


1  Introduction: Christianity in Evolution         

      Creationism and Theistic Evolution • Intelligent Design • Neo-

      Darwinism • Meta-Darwinism • The Harmony of the Biological and

      Evolutionary Sciences and Christianity



Part One 

An Interpretation of the Science of Life’s Complexity,
Agency, Evolution, and Conflict



19  Chapter 1: What Is Life?                           

      Life and the Fossil Record • Cellular Basis of Life • Prokaryotes • Eukaryotes 

      Molecular Basis of Life • The Genetic Code • The Genetic System •

      Proteins and Receptors • How Organisms Grow • The Creation and

      Fabrication of Form • Life Regulates Itself • So What Is Life?


51 Chapter 2: Life Is Intelligent                  

      Intelligence, Memory, and Molecules • Intelligence at the Level of

      Organisms and Community • The Intelligence of Single Cells • The

      Genius of the Molecules • Convergence • Mind • Summary


79 Chapter 3: Life Learns                          

      Organisms Learn • Networks Learn • Genomic Learning • Pseudogenes •

      Viruses • Epigenetic Learning • Molecular Learning in the Evolution of

      Humankind • A Closing Note about Learning

105 Chapter 4: Life Modifies Itself                 

      Variation in Evolution • Natural Genetic Engineering • Life Is a Tinkerer •

      Natural Epigenetic Engineering • Eyes • Conclusion


135 Chapter 5: Life Is Community                    

      Life Is Cooperative • A Sociology of Molecules • Single-Celled Organisms

      and Community • Merger, Symbiosis, and Endosymbiosis • Ants •

      A Summary of Chapters 1 through 5, as Seen in Plant Intelligence •

      Plants Are Intelligent • Plants Are Active, Not Passive • Plants Are

      Networks • Plants Are Agentive • Plants, Intelligence, and Evolution


165 Chapter 6: Life Is Self-Conflictual             

      Selfish Genetic Elements • Drive • Are Selfish Elements Really Selfish? •

      Within-Individual Kinship Conflicts • Infanticide as Drive among

      Primates • Transposable Gene Elements • Transposable Elements and

      Human Disease • Coping with Rogue Elements by Silencing Them • Life

      and Jiujitsu: Using Adversaries for Growth • Implications of Life as Self-

      Conflictual • The Seven Deadly SinsSelf-Conflict in Humankind



Part two 


Evolving Christianity and the Redemption of Life in Conflict



197 Chapter 7: Christianity and a Plausible Genesis:

   The Old Testament                               

      The Breath of Life • The Word of the Lord • Adam and Eve, Cain

      and Abel, and Noah • Mentalizing • The Patriarchs, and Moses and

      the Exodus • The Training of the Inner Person • The Prophets


227 Chapter 8: The New Testament                    

      Jesus and the Gospels • The Gospel According to Mark • Immediate

      Effects of the Resurrection: Acts of the Apostles • Paul’s Letter to the

      Romans • A Psychiatrist’s Look at Romans • A Segue to Prayer


255 Chapter 9: Prayer                               

      That Which Is • Meditation • Praying without Ceasing • A Time for

      Healing • The Prayers of the Church


277 Chapter 10: God on Trial 

    Presence • Why Do People Suffer? Biblical Views • People Suffer

    Because God Is Punishing Their Sins • People Suffer at the Hands of

    Others • Suffering as Redemptive • Suffering as a Test from God • Suffering

    Because of Devotion to God: Apocalyptic Thinking • A Theodicy • Malevolence

    Free Will and Suffering • Keeping My Religion • The Crucified God


307 Chapter 11: The Future of Christianity 

    Attachment Theory • The Internal Working Model (IWM) • W. Earl Biddle

    and the Reality of the Image • Attachment Trauma • Mentalization: The

    Language of Communion • Jesus, the Ultimate Mentalizer • Failures of and

    Obstacles to Mentalization • Forgiveness • Christianity and the Future •



339 Endnotes


367 Bibliography


377 Index                                                   




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