According to the authors of this book, who explore evolutionary theory from a clear Christian perspective, the common view of conflict between evolutionary theory and Christian faith is mistaken. Written by contributors representing the natural sciences, philosophy, theology, and the history of science, this thought-provoking work is informed by both solid scientific knowledge and keen theological insight. The three sections of the book address (1) relevant biblical, historical, and scientific background, (2) the scientific evidence for an evolving creation, and (3) theological issues commonly raised in connection with evolution, including the nature of God's creative activity, the meaning of the miraculous, and the uniqueness of humankind. Woven through the volume are short meditations designed to direct readers toward worshiping the God of providence.
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Review 1 for Perspectives on an Evolving Creation
Date:May 26, 2009
This is a very well thought out book. I found it hard to read quickly, because it is very technical. I have found answers to many questions I have had through out the years in this book. There are Scriptural references in many places. I think that all church and school libraries should have this book.
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Review 2 for Perspectives on an Evolving Creation
Date:December 7, 2007
For most evangelicals wanting a friendly introduction to evolution from an evangelical perspective, Francis Collins "The Language of God" or Daryl Falk's "Coming to Peace with Science" are adequate. However, I suspect that many readers grappling with both the science and the faith implications of biological evolution will need much more. I highly recommend "Perspectives on an Evolving Creation" edited by Keith Miller. This is collection of more than 20 essays written by primarily evangelical specialists including cosmologists, biologists, biochemists, anthropologists, geologists, historians, theologians, philosophers, and psychologists.The entire second section (chapters 6-13) on the scientific evidence and theory is particularly good. Chapter 6 surveys the evidence for an ancient universe; Chapter 7 for an ancient earth. Chapter 8 reviews the evidence in the fossil record for common descent. This is of particular interest to evangelicals who have been repeatedly told that there "are no transitional fossils". Chapter 9 deals with the fact that most body forms appear "instantaneously" in the fossil record during the Cambrian epoch around 500 million years ago. Some anti-evolutionists have interpreted this Cambrian Explosion as evidence for special creation rather than continuous, gradual creation.. Chapters 10 and 11 deal specifically with the evidence for human evolution, while chapter 12 surveys the evidence for evolution from biochemistry. Chapter 13 is a direct rebuttal of Intelligent Design proponents who claim that the random, chance mechanisms of Darwinian evolution could not have resulted in earths amazingly complex organisms.For the rest of this review, please visit my Blog "An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution".