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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Media (September 4, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1842276468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842276464
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,918,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R.J. (Sam) Berry (DSc, FIBiol, FRSE) is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean Society, the British Ecological Society, the European Ecological Federation, the Mammal Society, and Christians in Science. For 20 years he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and in 1996 received the UK Templeton Award. He is the author of God and Evolution; God and the Biologist and God's Book of Works, and editor of Environmental Dilemmas; The Care of Creation; When Enough is Enough; Environmental Stewardship and most recently Real Scientists, Real Faith: 17 Leading scientists reveal the harmony between their science and their faith. - Editorial Review. Prof. Michael S. Northcott (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Professor of Ethics, within th Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has been visiting professor at theClaremont School of Theology, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya. He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. More recently published books include Life After Debt: Christianity and Global Justice (SPCK, 1999); An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (I B Tauris, 2005) and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press, 2007). Co-edited volumes include Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (Duke University Press, 2009) with Kyle Vanhoutan and Theology After Darwin (Paternoster Press, 2009) with R. J. Berry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on August 2, 2011
The purpose of this 2009 book is to "describe possible ways of viewing creation which are faithful to scripture and consistent with scientific understanding." It consists of eleven essays, primarily by British scholars. The first six essays are introductory material. They are:
1. Biology After Darwin, by R. J. Berry
2. After Darwin: Is Intelligent Design Intelligent? by Denis R. Alexander
3. Charles Kingsley's Christian Darwinism, by Amy Laura Hall
4. Reading the Bible After Darwin: Creation and a Culture of Restraint, by Ellen F. Davis
5. Darwin and Providence, by David Ferguson
6. Being Human after Darwin, by Francisco J. Ayala

The discussion of the main theme of the book, namely "Theology after Darwin," begins with John J. Bimson's Chapter 7 (Doctrines of the Fall and Sin After Darwin). Bimson notes that "the evolution of Homo sapiens from more primitive hominids is incompatible with the idea that the first human beings fell from a state of perfection." He mentions four common responses: (1) defending Genesis 1-3 as a literal account of our beginnings and rejecting an evolutionary view of human origins altogether, (2) treating Genesis as a primitive creation myth, (3) reading Genesis 3 as "an analysis of the universal human condition rather than a description of how it came to be," and (4) finding a place for the Fall within an evolutionary view of human origins. Bimson favors option (4) and presents and discusses two recent models of the Fall in an evolutionary context: (1) Adam as a Neolithic farmer, and (2) A Fall at the dawn of human consciousness, e.g.
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