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Can a Darwinian be a Christian?: The Relationship between Science and Religion Paperback – September 6, 2004
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This is a welcome contribution by a Darwinian who takes Christianity seriously.
Ruse establishes his credentials promptly, offering a succinct account of "Darwinism" [a term i loathe]. He explains the history and mechanisms of evolution by natural selection with aplomb. The book is valuable for this summation, if nothing else. He explains various forms of evidence such as the similarity of animal body structures [homology]. He continues with various dialogues between Christians who view evolution as a threat to morals, society, ethics and the other tired arguments and why they have no basis.
Finally, Ruse states the obvious: many scientists are and have been, successfully practicing Christians. Whether or not they've made the effort to rationalise this disparity, he saves them the effort in examining how the reconciliation can be achieved. For centuries, he reminds us, the study of Nature was in order to glorify a deity. He uses Augustine frequently in support of the view that Nature deserves serious study.Read more ›
Before reaching the substance of Ruse's work, we need to clear up some matters raised by other reviewers. Several young earth creationists have pointed out that the Bible teaches that death--not only human death but animal death, predation and bloodshed, as well--is a result of Adam's sin and the resulting fall of the human race. Rom. 5:12; 8:18-22, I Cor. 15:21-22. But if the fossiliferous strata are interpreted according to conventional uniformitarian geology, it proves that death has been around for millions of years before humans existed, and thus before the first human sin. This is a valid point, but we Bible-believing Christians need to realize that our problem on this point is with uniformitarian geology, (something I call Lyellism), not with evolution or Darwinism. Charles Lyell had already won the day for uniformitarian geology almost 30 years before the publication of Darwin's "Origin of the the Species." The men who agreed with Lyell that vast ages were needed to form the fossiliferous strata were creationists, many of them Anglican clergymen like Coneybeare and William Buckland. Thus, we cannot blame Darwin for theological problems created by uniformitarian geology (and I agree that there are many). Ruse only spends a couple of pages breifly discussing these developments in geology.Read more ›
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This is a good read and not too difficult - but I havn't finished it. I am confident I shall learn from it since the author has a good epistemological approach.
For those of you reviewing this book as though Ruse is somehow acting simply as one interested in finding "reasonable" sides to a very complex issue, you need to get off the fence! Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by A. Behrends
In this book, Ruse does what he says he will do: he tackles the question given in the book's title head on and does not avoid, or short shrift, the really diffiulct areas. Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Kevin Currie-Knight
This was overall an okay book, I suppose. It was not anything deeply profound, but it was worth the read, for sure. Read morePublished on May 30, 2007 by firebird12637
This is a very informative and helpful book, and a real delight to read. It is written in a charitable spirit and irenic tone with liberal doses of good humor. Read morePublished on May 25, 2006 by Daniel C. Harlow
A more appropriate title for this book might have been _Is It Logically Possible for a Darwinian to Be a Christian?_ (but from an aesthetic perspective this would have been awful). Read morePublished on December 12, 2005 by James R. Henderson
I don't say this lightly. He comes from a real Friendly Quaker perspective on things, in the process strongly affirming Christ's presence and reality in all places, and looking to... Read morePublished on November 21, 2005 by Jedidiah Carosaari
The author arrives at the incorrect answer to the question he approaches. Darwinian evolution is impossible without death. Read morePublished on June 8, 2005 by J. Andrew Howe
Generally when one is asked whether one has read such-and-such a book, the implication is that the interlocutor has read the book and was persuaded by its arguments, so the... Read morePublished on January 27, 2004 by Andrea Stengel