Philip Hefner, The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, and Religion,
Theology and the Sciences Series (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993). His may be the most extensive example to
date of the kind of Lakatosian methodology that Nancey Murphy has proposed
theologians undertake. I urge readers
to examine the precise way Hefner elaborates the core of the program elaborated
in three elements, surrounds it by nine auxiliary hypotheses, and from it lists
various potential falsifiers and predicts eleven novel facts regarding human
experience, faith and theology. Hefner
provides a convenient summary of the program in Chapter 15, especially p.
264-275. See also Philip Hefner, "The Evolution of the Created Co-Creator,"
in Cosmos as Creation: Theology and Science in Consonance, ed. Ted
Peters (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989), 211-34; Philip Hefner,
"Biocultural Evolution: A Clue to the Meaning of Nature," in Evolutionary
and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, ed. Robert
John Russell, William R. Stoeger, S. J and Francisco J. Ayala (Vatican City
State; Berkeley, California: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for
Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1998); Philip Hefner, "Biological
Perspectives on Fall and Original Sin," Zygon: Journal of Religion and
Science 28.1(March 1993).
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