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Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence Paperback – November 1, 2003
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Ted Peters is Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
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First, it represents the culmination of two really interesting people's work. Dr. Hewlett is a clever, talented, thoughtful and spiritually aware man. He is a poet, a novelist, a viral researcher, but most appropriately to this book- a good teacher. There is something special about a talented teacher who can unfold a topic IN ORDER, with a structure that shows the neophyte how the pieces fit together. And gives us the pieces in an order that helps us see the big picture that the author's themselves grasp. Hey readers, this is RARE. More often you hit things in a logical or chronological order, pieces are thrown at you without reference to the big picture. So you often are lost as a student in a new field in the forest, concentrating on the trees and never ever able to understand why anyone would actually come to this forest.Read more ›
First, they examine the "war" between Christianity and science. What they conclude (I think correctly) is that the war is not over whether Christianity or science is true. The war is over what constitutes science. Young earth creationists are not denying the validity of the scientific enterprise, or rejecting that we should attempt to determine the laws of the universe. What they are denying is that evolution is valid science. They proceed to examine what exactly Darwinian evolution means, and the negative results some have taken from it (e.g. social Darwinism, evolutionary psychology, etc.).Read more ›
I spent most of my life as a staunch (and horribly uninformed) critic of any sort of acceptance of evolution: I really did see it as an enemy to the church, and went to great lengths to make this clear. I remember in third grade we'd watch videos in class that would talk about evolution, and I'd write papers that I'd always entitle "Truth" about how actually, God created everything and that evolution was just plain wrong. Fortunately my third grade teacher didn't see this as a reason to fail me. Peters' and Hewlett's book starts out by talking about the very conflict that I was having in the classroom setting, and how this has really become a delicate all-out war (see chapter one).
Towards the latter part of my seminary education I started to realize that my brick-like thoughts (as in unmovable) might not be the most helpful thing: but didn't seriously look at the issues until just a couple months ago when I started communicating with some of my seminary friends who I knew held evolutionary beliefs.
This book is ideal for someone like myself who's never really read a survey of a large variety of view on the issue. Peters and Hewlett discuss and survey topics including Darwin, Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism Synthesis, Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology, Scientific Creationism, Intelligent Design, and finally Theistic Evolution.Read more ›
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This book gives a great walk through the issues surrounding creationism, intelligent design and theistic evolution. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by D. Lawrence
This is a good overview of the spectrum of debate between science and the Bible. It covers the various flavors of Darwinism, social Darwinism, scientific creationism, intelligent... Read morePublished on October 25, 2007 by Paul R. Bruggink
Over the years I have accumulated a lot of material on the intersection of religion and science, but no good way to file and retrieve the stuff. Read morePublished on January 10, 2005 by Cur Mudgeon