The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin  -     By: Charles Foster
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The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin

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The creationist movement rails against evolution with pat, concise little jabs. Charles Foster, a tutor at the University of Oxford, uses biblical exegesis to explain why Intelligent Design is not the answer and refuses to accept quick answers to the deep questions about a creator god. Approaching scientific evidence as a building block, not an attack on the faith, Foster shows that evolutionary theory and its consequences are easily reconciled with Christian orthodoxy. 240 pages, paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946549
ISBN-13: 9780849946547
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If evolutionary theory is correct, what does that say about creator God?

Ever since the famous debate on Darwinism between Huxley and Wilberforce in 1860, there has been little real conversation between the scientific community and much of the Christian world. This book offers the prospect of reconciliation between what are seen as two opposing worldviews.

With remarkable insight and skill, Foster shows that most evolutionary theory and its consequences are easily reconciled with Christian orthodoxy and explores the ethical problems of natural selection in a fresh and invigorating way.

Charles Foster insists on getting to the heart of the topic and succeeds through a scientific and biblical analysis that is second to none. The Selfless Gene has the potential to become required reading for theologians and laypeople alike.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2010
    Peggy Erickson
    I wasvery disappointed by this book and would have stopped reading after the first chapter if not for my commitment to Thomas Nelson Publishers to write a review. I found the book so tedious that it has taken me far too long to read it.The cover notes for The Selfless Gene describe it as a reasoned dialogue between faith and scientific study and a reconciliation of what are popularly seen as two opposing worldviews. I found the book lacking on both fronts.Charles Foster states in his preface that he is angry at both Darwinists and creationists, Further, he is angry with proponents of Intelligent Design. He cites Richard Dawkins as an example of the former and the Kentucky Creation Museum as an example of the later. In his arguments against the Biblical creation story, he cites discrepancies in Genesis 1 and 2, yet I could not find the creation order he cites in any of the several versions of the Bible I checked. He makes other statement which makes one wonder how he views Scripture. His references to the compilers betrays a view that seems to deny Scripture as inspired or as the revelation of God.Rather than creating dialogue, reading this book became a chore I had to complete. I was tempted to skip to the last chapter to see if there was a neat summary that would help me complete my task. Alas, there was not, I cannot recommend this book.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 20, 2010
    John Ausmus
    The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin by Charles FosterIn this book, the author tries to both explain and reconcile some of the positions of two widely separated intellectual camps- those of the Darwinian evolutionists and the Creationist/Intelligent Design positions commonly found among evangelical Christians.It has been said that compromise is the art of simultaneously failing to satisfy and irritating both parties. Foster may have done just that with this book. An ardent Darwinist will find a definite faith in God demonstrated by the author, and evangelical's will find an understanding of Scripture that seems heavily influenced by higher criticism.Frankly, this is a book that will be a difficult read for most people. It will trouble a lot of people and anger many. It is not a simple overview - it is a review and a perspective for people already familiar with the subject and the literature. It likely will not change anyone's mind, but it may likely be the basis for more thought and reflection on some very difficult and important areas of thought.I recommend this book but please read with an open mind. Pray for God's leadership, guidance and protection from the interference of the enemy.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2010
    Jason Skipper
    This is probably one of the poorest books that I have ever read. I can find little positive to say about it.The author definitely is convinced of natural selection and a form of Darwinism. Though he he takes a number of shots at Darwinists such as Dawkins, he reserves most of his ire of Ken Ham and other young earth creationists.The author takes much care to portray creationists in a negative light while trying to uphold Darwinism as being scientific. Oh, sure, he does portray the militant Darwinists as being too strident in tone and too dogmatic. He essentially embraces their teaching, but with a few tweaks.In the end this is simply another book that tells the creationists that they are wrong, that they have misinterpreted Genesis and must reinterpret it so as to make it fit into the evolutionary hypothesis. In other words, we cannot take the Genesis creation account to be a historical narrative; it must either be a parable or a myth.I am saddened that Thomas Nelson thought that such a book as this had a place in the Christian market. It is actually nothing more than the rantings of another one who thinks that he has found a way to fit the Bible into the flawed, evolutionary framework. For this reason I cannot recommend it.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2010
    Erica Smith
    Charles Foster, a writer and tutor at the University of Oxford has written a deliciously sound book on Religion and Science. The Selfless Gene was written in response to those staunch believers in Darwinism and those Young Earth Creationists who wouldnt bother with sound research.While reading the book, I came across some pros and cons and try as I might to separate the book from my own worldview, some things just should not have been said verbally or in written form. So here are some pros and cons that I found in this particular work.ConFor me, there was too much dissection of Gods word. Genesis does have two creation accounts, and Foster does a great job of highlighting this without making Christians feel like failures, but he ultimately repeats it again throughout the book and offers no reason why this is besides, You do not have to read very deeply of the bible to see that the compilers expressly try to repudiate this view (The Selfless Gene, pg. 235).ProFoster may have used scientific exploration and research to write such a complete, logical book, but he uses a sort of apologetics towards the end. He makes the case for God in a very subtle way and some may even say he meant to do this. In the end, he said if there is evolution going on; the pain, the hurt, and the death may have started with something ancient and wholly evil- that would be Lucifer. I really liked that part. It made sense logically for me.So before reading this book I implore you as a Darwinist to take in Fosters careful research and no nonsense explanation because he is clearly on your side, but if you are a Christian be prepared to have your eyes opened to new theological concepts and the science behind it.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2010
    James Middleton
    In his book The Selfless Gene, Charles Foster attempts to compare Creationism and Evolution and contends that neither is the answer to the question of how life began. Instead he argues that the beginning is not so much a black and white it was God in 7 days or it was evolution but instead perhaps a bit of both.I found this book to be a really interesting read. As someone who has studied both theology and part of a science degree (which involved teaching on evolution) I have always been interested, probably more so than necessary, with the evolution and creationism debate. I really liked the way that Foster discussed both creationism and evolution, suggesting both pros and cons for both, and am in strong agreement that the answer to how life and the world began is not likely a simple a+b=c. I think Foster dares the reader to ask the hard questions, whether they come from a creationist or evolutionary perspective, and wonder whether or not everything is as simple as they might have believed when they first started reading The Selfless Gene.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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