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Cosmology: From Alpha to Omega Paperback – January 1, 2008
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In short, this is sophisticated science and solid theology, and should be widely read by scientists, philosophers and theologians.
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.Read more ›