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Though he takes a different tack than Wyller (above), Miller tries to draw a straight line between two apparently opposing ideas: the theory of evolution and belief in a creator. In a more humanistic account than Wyller's, Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, explains the difference between evolution as validated scientific fact and as an evolving theory. He illustrates his contentions with examples from astronomy, geology, physics and molecular biology, confronting the illogic of creationists with persuasive reasons based on the known physical properties of the universe and the demonstrable effects of time on the radioactivity of various elements. Then standing firmly on Darwinian ground, he turns to take on, with equal vigor, his outspoken colleagues in science who espouse a materialistic, agnostic or atheistic vision of reality. Along the way, he addresses such important questions as free will in a planned universe. Miller is particularly incisive when he discusses the emotional reasons why many people oppose evolution and the scientific community's befuddled, often hostile, reaction to sincere religious belief. Throughout, he displays an impressive fairness, which he communicates in friendly, conversational prose. This is a book that will stir readers of both science and theology, perhaps satisfying neither, but challenging both to open their minds. Illustrations. Author tour.
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Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, believes firmly in evolution. He also believes in God-a belief not widely shared among scientists. Here he sets out to offer thoughts on how to reconcile the conflict many people see between the two positions. Evolution, he says, is a story of origins; so too is the Judeo-Christian creation story. "The conflict between these two versions of our history is real, and I do not doubt for a second that it needs to be addressed. What I do not believe is that the conflict is unresolvable." Laying out the positions with care and clarity, he offers his resolution: "As more than one scientist has said, the truly remarkable thing about the world is that it actually does make sense. The parts fit, the molecules interact, the darn thing works. To people of faith, what evolution says is that nature is complete. God fashioned a material world in which truly free, truly independent beings could evolve."
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Dr. Collins does a very thorough job of evaluating and responding to errors he has found in creationist arguments against evolution as well as debunking atheistic attempts to use... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara
There does not have to be a disconnect between evolution and religion. Many Christian faiths have to objection to the theory. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JMack
I really enjoyed this book. The author does a very good job of presenting creationist arguments relatively convincingly and then rebutting them with his own scientific knowledge,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ben K.
I've seen a clip of Miller on the Colbert Show where he repeated RCC dogma, namely "Jesus Christ is the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Trish
Can you believe in God without closing your eyes (and mind) to the irrefutable truths Science has revealed about the natural world? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was the first book I had read about theistic evolution, after an upsetting encounter with young-earth creationism in my Christian church. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carl Drews
Accessible but at times densely argued book that seeks to bridge the gap between materialist evolutionists and believers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen Hughes
Used as professional development when preparing to introduce the study of Darwin and Evolution to my high school biology classes. excellent background info. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Howie Usher