The dispositions and powers (life) that biological creatures receive from
the Divine Source depends on their form (see the
principle). This raises many interesting questions and creates
investigations about biological structures and functions, both at the
anatomical and the biochemical levels.
More biological discussion is in the
papers online at
the site highermeaning.org,
Human Functional Form
General Human Form by Bruce Jarvis
See outline of
Spiritual and Natural Correspondences
For more details, see the book 'Physiological
Correspondences' by John Worcester, with chapters:
Another general and more recent book is
Natural Basis of Spiritual Reality by Norman J. Berridge, with
Evolution for the operation of evolution in Theistic Science,
previous discussion about Creationism:
A. Acton. "Evolution"
An overview of several major theories derived from the Writings’ teachings.
G. Doering. "Evolution"
Focuses on discrete degrees in putting together a model, and notes some
logical problems involving evil men and beasts.
L.H. Edmiston. "Creation
of humankind: a Divinely ordered evolutionary process" Makes some
fascinating points from the Writings, notably that the evolutionists have it
backward, that achieving the human form was the aim of evolution (under Divine
guidance) from the outset, not what evolution arrived at, accidentally, at the
C. Gyllenhaal-Davis. "Chance,
evolution and the New Word" A review of just how subtle the influence
of Providence, in the form of "chance," can be in bringing about "evolution."
D. Pendleton. "Evolution"
Draws a parallel between the original implantation of a human soul in a body
at creation and the implantation of Christ's soul at His conception in Mary.
M. R. Carlson. "Evolution,
the limbus and hereditary evil" Reviews both scientific and
doctrinal aspects of evolution, noting the problems with the natural selection
idea (as well as the spiritual dangers of purely external "nature created
itself" theory), and proposes a new doctrinal/scientific approach to the whole
issue, including a new view of hereditary evil, with a tie-in to Sheldrake’s
"morphogenetic fields" concept.