Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist
Island Press, 2006 M08 1 - 168 pages
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"I'm an evolutionary biologist and a Christian," states Stanford professor Joan Roughgarden at the outset of her groundbreaking new book, Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. From that perspective, she offers an elegant, deeply satisfying reconciliation of the theory of evolution and the wisdom of the Bible.
Perhaps only someone with Roughgarden's unique academic standing could examine so well controversial issues such as the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, or the potential flaws in Darwin's theory of evolution. Certainly Roughgarden is uniquely suited to reference both the minutiae of scientific processes and the implication of Biblical verses. Whether the topic is mutation rates and lizards or the hidden meanings behind St. Paul's letters, Evolution and Christian Faith distils complex arguments into everyday understanding. Roughgarden has scoured the Bible and scanned the natural world, finding examples time and again, not of conflict, but of harmony.
The result is an accessible and intelligent context for a Christian vision of the world that embraces science. In the ongoing debates over creationism and evolution, Evolution and Christian Faith will be seen as a work of major significance, written for contemporary readers who wonder how-or if-they can embrace scientific advances while maintaining their traditional values.
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An odd little book in which some wonderfully lucid science is juxtaposed with the quaint archaism of King James bible passages. I found most of the author's theology difficult to penetrate, but her ... Read full review
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Roughgarden, a Stanford biologist and author ofEvolutionÃƒÂ¯ÃāÂ¿ÃāÂ½s Rainbow , sees no conflict between biblical accounts of creation and the biological principles of evolution that she has taught ... Read full review
Ch 3 Species Change
Ch 4 Taking the Bible Literally
Ch 5 How Change Happens
Ch 6 Random Mutation
Ch 7 Evolutions Direction
Ch 8 Roman Catholic Position
Ch 9 To Do List for Theorists
Ch 10 Intelligent Design
Ch 11 Gender and Sexuality
Ch 12 Future Directions
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Page 18 - For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
Page 95 - And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Page 20 - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden; and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Page 44 - Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth : And when the sun was up, they were scorched : and because they had no root, they withered away.
Page 34 - And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions ? if the LORD be God, follow him : but if Baal, then follow him.
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