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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800662733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800662738
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert John Russell is the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) there. A leader in the religion / science field for a generation, he has also been series editor for the six influential volumes in the joint Vatican Observatory / CTNS series on scientific perspectives on divine action.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By xiongmao on September 6, 2008
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R.J. Russell is one of the leading scientists in the field of science and religion. This volume contains his papers on a number of subjects (see also product description), all of which at a very sophisticated level and by no means easy reading. It is broadly divided into three parts: the first of which deals with the beginning of the universe and its relation to the theological concept of creation, including a paper on the mathematics of infinity; the second deals with the evolution of the cosmos and life, arguing for "Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action" - it proposes the model of continuous Divine Action in evolution, with the quantum level and its intrinsic indeterminacy as its possible locus (this latter issue is of course disputed in the science-religion debate); and thirdly, Christian eschatology and the future of the universe - Russell acknowledges scientific predictions pose a profound challenge to Christian hope, but it is also clear that the absence of such a hope only leaves one with "unyielding despair", in the words of Bertrand Russell. The key to such a hope for a new heaven and a new earth is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In short, this is sophisticated science and solid theology, and should be widely read by scientists, philosophers and theologians.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on October 2, 2009
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In addition to being a Professor of Theology and Science, and the founding director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), Robert John Russell was an active participant in the Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action Program sponsored by the CTNS and the Vatican Observatory. Many of the footnotes in this book are references to books and papers from that program.

This book was written for an academic audience and therefore was not an easy read for a layman like me, but parts of it definitely were interesting and thought-provoking. One of his major themes is that not only does science impact on theology (theologians integrating an old earth and some form of evolution into our Christian faith) but that theology has had and could continue to have an impact on science, e.g., scientific programs to attempt to investigate what the transfiguration of Jesus Christ at the resurrection might enable us to say about the transfiguration of the universe into the New Creation (vs. the long-term future of the universe predicted by the various Big Bang theories: freeze or fry). Russell calls this approach his Creative Mutual Interaction (CMI) model for theology and science. He defines five ways in which science can interact with theology and three ways in which theology can interact with science.

Russell discusses general providence and special providence, and views special providence as "consisting in the objective acts of God in nature and history to which we respond through faith and we can interpret these acts in a non-interventionist manner consistent with the natural sciences." (p. 112) He makes a case for a quantum mechanics-based approach to non-interventionist objective divine action (QM-NOIDA) and applies it to biological evolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Lau on September 6, 2011
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No doubt it helps in understanding this book to be well-read in the fields of physics, evolutionary biology and Christian theology, but nevertheless, I would claim that even if half of the terminology and detailed argumentation washes over you, a dedicated reader will come away with an appreciation for the progress that the author (and the community of scholars he represents) has made since the days of NOMA (Stephen J. Gould's formulation of how science and religion relate -- namely, not at all). Since the scientific understandings presented in the book are (like all such understandings) provisional and subject to change (e.g. theories of the origin of the universe), specifics of how science and religion inform each other today can be taken as examples of the "creative mutual interaction" (CMI) methodology that represents the crowning achievement of the book (Chapter 10). From the perspective of faith, this book is a strong and clear testament to the power of Christian theology to provide a scientifically-compatible alternative to despair and meaninglessness. This book also puts to lie the current best-selling thesis by "the New Atheists" that the findings of modern science leave atheism as the only intellectually honest religious stanch.
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