Divine Action and Evolution

Document Type


Publication Date



© Oxford University Press, 2009. All rights reserved. This article addresses the question of what God's ultimate purposes might be for creating the world, focusing particularly on what His purpose might have been in creating the world via a seemingly partly chance-driven evolutionary process. It argues that God's creation of human beings and other living organisms through an evolutionary process allows for richer and deeper sorts of interconnections between humans and non-human creation than would otherwise be possible. These interconnections are of significant value, mainly because they allow for creation to become more deeply united with ourselves, in fact so united that there exists a deep communion between us and the rest of creation. This communion is not only an intrinsic good, but it enriches us, since part of this communion is creation becoming part of our very self, and thus we consciously share in the richness of creation.


Collins, R. (2009). Divine action and evolution. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199596539.013.0012

This document is currently not available here.