By Philip Clayton
Robust claims were made for emergence as a brand new paradigm for figuring out technological know-how, realization, and faith. Tracing the previous heritage and present definitions of the concept that, Clayton assesses the case for emergent phenomena within the wildlife and their value for philosophy and theology. complicated emergent phenomena require irreducible degrees of clarification in physics, chemistry and biology. This trend of emergence indicates a brand new method of the matter of awareness, that is neither reducible to mind states nor evidence of a psychological substance or soul. even supposing emergence doesn't entail classical theism, it really is suitable with a number of non secular positions. Clayton concludes with a defence of emergentist panentheism and a Christian confident theology in keeping with the recent sciences of emergence.