"Hardly anyone is qualified, as Mark Harris is, to write professionally about both the biblical sources and the science involved in thinking about creation, so this book is a unique contribution to current debates. It is lucid and accessible, and should refresh and illuminate discussions that sometimes seem to have become tired and stale. A major contribution to the study of science and religion." --John Barton, University of Oxford"Harris carefully examines the thorny theological issues that are raised when biblical creation accounts are read alongside contemporary evolutionary science. Although the idea of God as Creator suffuses the whole Bible, it is best to read the Bible in conjunction with, and not in opposition to, scientific understandings of the world. Harris's book raises the level of discussion far past arguments about the age of the earth and the provability of intelligent design and shows how scientific developments can sharpen our reading of scriptural cosmologies." - Christian Century"This careful analysis of biblical materials regarding creation in relationship to the view of modern science should be of great interest and value to anyone concerned with this topic. Highly recommended." - Choice"Harris's engagement with biblical criticism, informed interaction with philosophical and theological issues, and firm grasp of the current scientific consensus allow him to make a seasoned and carefully nuanced argument that will satisfy scientists, theologians, and biblical scholars and make this book stand out from others in the field." - John Walton, Marginalia Review of Books
"For anyone interested in what the Bible can bring to the sometimes bewildering dialogue between science and theology, Harris's study is a must. His discussion is both lively and lucid." - William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA
About the Author
Mark Harris is Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.