Can religion be put under a microscope? Are science and faith mutually exclusive? Offering a well-reasoned, faith-based look at today's hotly debated issues, Alexander and White assert that Christianity has much to contribute to discussions on cloning, the environment, stem cell research, evolution, genetic engineering, and other controversial topics. 225 pages, softcover from Hendrickson.
Cloning, the environment, stem cell research, cutting-edge reproductive technologies, genetic engineering...Splashed across television screens and argued over the water cooler, these are among the most hotly-debated issues of our day. Ideal for thinking laypeople, Christian college science classes, and adult Sunday school classes, this timely study from two gifted scientists and committed Christians will help readers bring a deep and well-reasoned faith to the frontiers of modern technology.
Molecular biologist Alexander and geophysicist White are comfortably committed
to both their Christian faith and their scientific fields, so this book is not
so much a work of standard Christian apologetics as a defense of both science
and "robust theism," with a plea for mutual understanding on both sides. The
authors argue that Christianity and the natural sciences share many
intellectual perspectives, and that accounts of controversy between science
and faith have been overblown. At the same time, the Cambridge University
scientists resist most attempts to read deep religious significance into
scientific issues. They decry "the ways in which scientific theories,
particularly the `grand theories' of science, have been used for ideological
purposes," instead encouraging readers to engage science on its own terms. On
the ethical front, the authors address issues like human cloning, global
climate change and creation/evolution controversies. There is a British flavor
to some of their observations; American readers especially may question their
assurance that "there is really no need for evolution to be a hot issue for
Christians, or for anyone else for that matter, in the twenty-first century"
even as the issue heats up in the States. Overall, the book achieves an
impressive balance between thorough research and readability, and should find
a ready audience among students of science. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed
Science, Faith and Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? has been chosen for the Templeton Foundation Press's newly selected "2007 Books of Distinction." The chosen publications are featured within the Science and Religion Online Bookstore of the Templeton Foundation Press.
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