Man and Creation
published by Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI 49242
This book is titled Man and Creation: Perspectives on Science
and Theology and is written by over a dozen different scientists.
Published in 1993 by Hillsdale College in Michigan, this book
is part of a series called "The Christian Vision Series."
All of the authors except perhaps Ronald Numbers are believers
who are active in both scientific pursuits and in theological
issues. Perhaps the best way to give you a concept of what the
book is like is to give you a listing of each essay, its author,
and its content:
- "God and Creation: An Historical Look at Encounters
between Christianity and Science" by Mark Kalthoff--a straight
history from the early 1600s on.
- "The Evolution of Scientific Creationism" by Ronald
Numbers--a history similar to his recent book.
- "Seven Patterns for Relating Science and Theology"
by Richard Bube--seven views of how science and faith can relate
with criticisms of these views.
- "Creation Science and Methodological Naturalism"
by J. P. Moreland--a philosophical and theological discussion
of how God's activity in the natural world can be understood.
- "When Faith and Reason Meet" by Howard Van Till--a
theological defense of theistic evolution.
- "The Star of Bethlehem: Science of the Ancients"
by Craig Chester--an explanation of possibilities with a proposal
of a planetary explanation.
- "What is Darwinism?" by Phillip Johnson--an attack
on neoDarwinism similar to his book.
- "A Biologist's Approach to Human Nature" by Richard
Alexander--an analysis of human nature from a genetic and evolutionary
- "Where in the World is God?" by Owen Gingerich--an
explanation of how God functions in the world from a theistic
- "Scientists Who Keep the Faith" by Donald Heckenlively--a
theological argument for natural selection and theistic evolution.
- "Between Jerusalem and the Laboratory: A Theologian
Looks at Science" by Michael Bauman--a philosophical and
theological treatment of the relationships of science and religion.
- "God and Evolution: An Exchange" by Howard Van
Till--an attack on Phillip Johnson's criticisms of evolution.
- "A Response to Essay #12" by Phillip Johnson.
These brief statements do not do justice to this book. There
is a wealth of information in what has been written as well as
some controversial proposals which your reviewer disagrees with.
The authors are all scholars, all except perhaps Numbers are
strong believers in Jesus, and all are good writers who express
their ideas well. The book is universally anti-young earth and
strongly pro-theistic evolution, but there are also good criticisms
of people like Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan.
We recommend this book as a useful source to theologians and philosophers
who want to hear an intelligent defense of theistic evolution
and a rebuttal of modern secular humanists. It will be of lesser
interest to people looking for fundamental explanations and arguments
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