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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute Press; 1st Edition edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979014166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979014161
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and Director of Research for the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His previous books include The Privileged Planet; Money, Greed, and God; The Untamed God; and Are We Spiritual Machines? Dr. Richards holds a Ph.D. (with honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. His work has been covered in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has appeared on many national radio and TV programs.


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Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the author of many books, co-author of The New York Times bestseller Indivisible and author of Money, Greed, and God, which won a Templeton Enterprise Award.

He is the Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute.

He is also executive producer of several television documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.

Richards' articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, National Review, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, and a wide variety of other publications.

Richards' work has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Enterprise, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and The American Spectator.

Richards has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has lectured at scores of academic conferences; on scores of college and university campuses in the United States, Europe, and Asia; at many national think tanks; at numerous public policy meetings; and on several occasions to members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. congressional staff.

Dr. Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in Philosophy and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion.

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For everyone interested in the intersections of modern evolutionary theory and religion, this book is essential.
Michael A. Flannery
Among others they include Francis Collins, Stephen Jay Gould, Francisco Ayala, Ken Miller, as well as the lesser known Denis Lamoureux, Michael Ruse and Chris Mooney.
Mark Lutz
The present book's authors make the very good arguments of Intelligent Design that there is no such evolution "[l]ogically derived from confirmable evidence".
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Darwin Researcher on November 17, 2010
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This book is an excellent, balanced, well documented summary of the contemporary creation evolution conflict. The editor, Dr Jay Richards, holds a Ph.D. with honors in philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has selected excellent authors to explore the many attempts to form some kind of marriage between evolution and theism. The essays show that this goal has a long history, dating back at least to the beginning of the Christian church. The 388 page work, documented by almost 50 pages of endnotes, conclusively argues that the evolution of Darwin, and most all leading evolutionists today, excluded design or any intervention by God. In Darwin's words, there is "no more design in the variability of organic beings and in the action of natural selection, than in the course which the wind blows" (p. 39). Evolution as defined by leading evolutionists is a theory designed to explain the natural world without recourse to God or any intelligent designer. It is atheistic to its core and any attempt to fuse the two worldviews is futile. As Richard Dawkins says the universe "has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference." Christian theism teaches the exact opposite on all of these points, and to marry the two requires mental gymnastics worthy of a true believer. One focus is to respond to Karl Giberson's book Saving Darwin, Francis Collins's The Language of God, and Francisco Ayala's book. As was clear to me when I read these three books, none of the authors have read much Intelligent Design literature, but relied on their critics for their information.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Flannery on December 30, 2010
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If the ordinary understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition is given it must be said that whether we are talking about it in its natural or revealed aspects, it is foremost rooted in history. The fifteen essays compiled and edited by Jay Richards masterfully analyze Darwinian evolution within the context of Judeo-Christian beliefs eminently rooted in real history. Understood in this way, God and Evolution demonstrates that resistance to tenets that expressly take God out of that history and away from that creation through processes dictated by chance and necessity is both logical and consistent with a faith tradition that has always seen God as intimately involved in the physical world. This isn't a question of a particular rendering of Genesis, or the age of the earth, or even common descent (Denyse O'Leary points out in her essay, "Everything Old is New Again," that there have been some truly compatible theistic, demonstrably non-Darwinian, evolutionists), but whether the particular version of evolution espoused by Darwin and taken up by the neo-Darwinists is reconcilable with orthodoxy.

The eleven contributors to this anthology address every aspect of so-called "theistic" evolution, which are really efforts to reconcile Judeo-Christian theology with Darwinism, an explanation of biological life that effectively renders the operations of deity superfluous. Given this disconnect it shouldn't be surprising that such efforts as those by Karl Giberson, Francis Collins, or Kenneth Miller to create Darwin-friendly scenarios wind up becoming problematic to say the least.

There are important insights here for a wide-ranging audience.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lutz on February 3, 2011
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In this eminently readable little book of essays, ten scholars discuss the relationship of Darwinian evolution (understood to be the result of an unguided, unplanned, and impersonal process of random variation and natural selection) with a theistic faith emphasizing Divine creation, (an evolution based on a Creator, who is also, one way or another, engaged in the world).

Not surprisingly, the critical focus of the book is to investigate the alleged compatibility of Darwin and God, a stance held by a somewhat amorphous group of scholars lumped together under the heading "Theistic Evolution". Among others they include Francis Collins, Stephen Jay Gould, Francisco Ayala, Ken Miller, as well as the lesser known Denis Lamoureux, Michael Ruse and Chris Mooney. Some champion Gould's vision of two separate domains, -"NOMA" standing for `non-overlapping magisteria`-, others, articulate the view of the National Center for Science Education, still others speak for the BioLogos Foundation or the Faraday Institute in England. Not a few embrace an expedient compromise between Darwin and God on pragmatic grounds. But, whatever their specific views and motives, all of them are strongly opposed by outspoken atheistic Darwinists like Jerry Coyne, E.O. Wilson, Dan Dennett, Richard Lewontin, P.Z. Meyers, Steven Pinker, and, above all, Richard Dawkins. The book does an excellent job in also rendering a clear picture of the inner debate between the two hostile Darwinist camps.

On the other hand, the intellectual weakness of Theistic Evolution is also the target of scholars representing the Faith Community, whether Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, or the new paradigm of Intelligent Design.
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