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Should Christians Embrace Evolution?

Biblical and scientific responses

Norman C Nevin (Editor)

ISBN: 9781844744060
192 pages, Paperback
Published: 20/11/2009

£11.99
The twenty-first century is witnessing an aggressive attack on the credibility of Christian faith by the 'new atheists', who argue essentially that evolution has made religious faith utterly redundant.

In the past, Christians held to a variety of approaches to reconciling their theology with scientific understanding, and were accorded respect. However, with the attack from the new atheists, any view that does not fully accept evolution is now being denigrated by those Christians in the scientific community who do accept it. There have been calls for Christians to celebrate Darwin - and to embrace Darwinian evolution or acknowledge that they are opposed to science.

For the contributors to this volume, this is a false premise. In response, they set out a clear framework for the relevant issues and confront key questions to which this gives rise. They are committed to the authority of Scripture, the need for careful exegesis, and the importance of rigorous scientific investigation. They offer valuable perspectives on a contentious and complex area of debate, for non-specialists prepared to weigh the information, seek further clarification, and draw their own conclusions.

The contributors include Alistair Donald (Church of Scotland), Alistair McKitterick (Moorlands College), Michael Reeves (UCCF), Greg Haslam (Westminster Chapel), R. T. Kendall, Steve Fuller (Warwick University), Andy McIntosh (Leeds University), Geoff Barnard (Cambridge University) and John Walton (St Andrews University).


Commendations

This is a most helpful compilation, which is designed to make one think very seriously about the whole issue of evolution and the Bible.To those who love the Scriptures, and seek to be faithful to them, this will prove enormously helpful.

- Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes

When it comes to the debate about reconciling evolutionary theory to the Christian faith, some theistic evolutionist friends give the impression that, ‘They think it’s all over!’ ‘It isn’t now!’ is my response after reading this collection of very accessible essays from a variety of scientists and theologians, who beg to diff er from that conclusion. Read,be challenged and be ready to think again.

- Steve Brady, Principal, Moorlands College, Christchurch

This collection of fi ne essays makes an essential contribution to the ongoing discussion among Christians about how to relate biblical revelation with ongoing scientifi c eff orts to understand the history of life on earth. Although addressed primarily to Christian believers, the book should be helpful to a wide segment of the public who want to expose their thinking to top-quality cutting-edge arguments for a view of the history of life that gives fuller weight to divine revelation. Here you can find views that are informed in a balanced way by the best current science and biblical revelation. This reviewer believes the book will helpfully focus discussions of a Christian view of neo-Darwinian evolution on the key issues.

- Richard A. Carhart, Professor Emeritus of Physics,University of Illinois at Chicago

Naturalism has infi ltrated Christian culture in the West. In assembling such a wide range of relevant high-level scholarship into one volume, and discussing the question biblically, philosophically and scientifically, this work deserves to be studied widely. The volume challenges much of the naturalistic inroads that undermine the biblical message in the year of Darwin’s 200th anniversary. It should encourage the reader to question seriously the clamour to embrace neo-Darwinian theory.

- Gary Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University

The title of Should Christians Embrace Evolution? poses a question that thoughtful Christians must face, in light of the arguments for theistic evolution being off ered by Denis Alexander in England and by Francis Collins in America. To meet the challenge of an evolutionary philosophy that explains life as the product of natural causes alone, we all need help from Christians with expertise in science and theology. Each of us must in the end come to a personal decision about which experts are suffi ciently trustworthy that we should accept their guidance in forming our views about which things are real and which are only imaginary. The experts in science and theology who have contributed chapters to Should Christians Embrace Evolution? are of the trustworthy kind, and their words of wisdom will be very helpful to Christians who are struggling to sort out confl icting claims and arrive at the truth.

- Phillip E. Johnson, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, author of Darwin on Trial

This book is much needed. As a nuclear physicist, I have observed reconciliation between science and theology in numerous areas, not because of modified theology, but because continuing scientific discovery has overturned nineteenth-century perspectives that sought to challenge biblical theology. The current progress in molecular biology is beyond Darwin’s wildest imagination, and readers would be well advised to examine the evidence. As one who lived under Communism, I understand too well that the more a society seeks to enforce an idea, the more important it is to question it.

- Dalibor Krupa, Research Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Well-informed, up-to-date and powerfully argued, this collection of theological, philosophical and scientific essays by distinguished authors shows that the theistic evolution on off er from Denis Alexander, Francis Collins and Kenneth Miller conflicts not only with the best biblical exegesis, but also with a sober assessment of thescientific data.

The theological contributors show that accommodation to Darwinism undermines orthodox teaching about creation, the fall, and redemption itself. The scientists show that the complex information common to all life could not arise from materialistic processes, and that the popular ‘junk DNA’ and human chromosomalfusion arguments for Darwinism dissolve under scrutiny. Evangelical Christians pondering whether they should embrace Darwinism owe it to their integrity to read this book.

- Angus Menuge, Professor of Philosophy, Conc