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- Publisher: Zondervan (April 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310496055
- ISBN-13: 978-0310496052
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Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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Dictionaries are shaped by editors, and the editors of Dictionary of Christianity and Science have created a resource unlike anything available. Here the reader will find fair-minded summaries of crucial scientific categories, diverse viewpoints that will surely satisfy and dissatisfy everyone, sketches of schools of thought that become mini-classroom experiences, and a breadth of learning that demonstrates that evangelicalism is coming of age in the discussion about science and faith. Gone are old-fashioned dismissals of science in favor of the Bible. Instead, what we find is rigorous thinking about some of our faith’s most difficult challenges. Every Christian studying science will want a copy of Dictionary of Christianity and Science within arm’s reach. -- Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
As a pastor, I’m called to speak God’s word about God’s world to God’s people. This means connecting Scripture to a whole range of contemporary issues---many of which are outside the training or expertise of the pastor. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for resources to help me wisely shepherd my congregation. That’s why I’m thrilled to see the Dictionary of Christianity and Science. What pastor has the time to be up to speed on all the issues at the intersection of Christianity and science? Yet what pastor can avoid the need to have something thoughtful to say? Our congregations look to us for this kind of intellectual leadership---and this one-of-a-kind resource makes that job a whole lot easier. A wealth of articles on an array of topics, written with both scholarly acumen and pastoral grace. I can’t recommend this resource highly enough. -- Todd Wilson, Senior Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church
This is an invaluable resource that belongs in every Christian’s library. Pastors and others will find themselves consulting it frequently for its insightful and helpful entries. I will be keeping my copy close by when I’m writing. -- Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ; The Elizabeth and John Gibson Chair of Apologetics, Houston Baptist
Zondervan’s new Dictionary of Christianity and Science sparkles with passion, controversy, and diverse perspectives. Contributors cover the many intersections of Christianity and science, and the thinkers who work there. The embattled terrain of evangelicalism receives special emphasis, with contributions from competing thinkers. The result is an engaging, useful volume that belongs in the library of anyone thinking seriously about science and Christian belief. -- Karl Giberson, Professor of Science and Religion, Stonehill College
I am pleased to recommend this dictionary edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Chris Reese, and Michael Strauss. From the beginning article on Adam and Eve, it is clear that the editors have labored earnestly to include differing perspectives on many issues involving science and Christianity. Although I do not agree with every position, particularly theistic evolution, there is value in challenging readers to examine these issues carefully for themselves. -- Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry, University of Georgia
In this unusual dictionary, over a hundred evangelical Christian scholars vigorously (and variously) defend biblical insights in dialogue with and confronting contemporary science (and scientism). From the early Genesis stories of creation, accepting Adam as historical and representative, to Darwinian natural history and genetics, to Jesus’s resurrection, to human nature seen theologically and in social science, here is conservative Christianity at its reasoned best. -- Holmes Rolston III, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University
Zondervan’s Dictionary of Christianity and Science is an impressive resource that presents a broad range of topics from a broad tent of evangelical scholars. I appreciate that it often presents multiple views. For example, we find entries defending both old-earth and young-earth views of creation as well as one defending a historical Adam and Eve and one not so committed to that view. I look forward to having this reference work on my shelf. -- Michael R. Licona, Associate Professor of Theology, Houston Baptist University
Books on the relationship of Christianity and science are, by their very nature, controversial, and this one will be no exception. However, the editors and authors have assembled a substantial amount of material on this topic, including not only terms and definitions but multiple-view discussions that explain various views on many of the more controversial subjects. The sheer number of terms, ideas, concepts, and discussions included in this dictionary make this book an extremely unique and helpful “first step” for anyone interested in the subjects included. This volume is the place to begin when questions dealing with the relationship of Christianity to science are broached. -- K. Scott Oliphint, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Science and Christianity are the two great forces that have shaped the modern world. This wideranging dictionary offers thorough coverage of numerous points at which they have intersected historically, mapping the intellectual landscape. Any serious reader who turns to it for reference or for more thorough study will learn a great deal. -- Timothy McGrew, Professor and Chairman, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University
Since the mid-1990s, an exciting development has arisen within scholarly circles of what many people have termed the “New Academic Dialogue between Science and Religion.” There has been a dramatic increase in the number of books moving away from the common perception that modern scientific discoveries and Christian faith are entrenched in a never-ending conflict. The Dictionary of Christianity and Science is a welcome addition to this growing body of literature. The excellent selection of entries covers all the major topics and debates that are relevant today. The remarkably clear writing style and balanced presentation of differing views make this dictionary accessible to both specialists in the field and the general public. I am certain that this dictionary will serve the church for many years in leading many to demonstrate that modern science can glorify our Creator and honor his creation. -- Denis O. Lamoureux, Associate Professor of Science and Religion, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta
I am very grateful to the editors and contributors for this incredible resource. They have wisely sought advocates of the differing positions and have throughout sought to be comprehensive, informative, and, above all, fair. “Dictionary” is too humble a label for what this is! I anticipate that this will offer valuable guidance for Christian faithfulness. -- C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
About the Author
Paul Copan(PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to authoring many journal articles, he has written or edited over thirty books in philosophy, theology, and apologetics, including Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration, and has served as President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children and live in West Palm Beach.
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Therefore, I was a bit surprised at what wasn’t included, such as an Index that would let the reader know that Theistic Evolution was to be found
under Evolutionary Creation, which is reasonable, except that there is no cross-reference to let the reader know.
Also, an Index to the Multiple-Views Discussions would have been a helpful and easy-to-create addition to the Dictionary.
Multiple-Views Discussions included, among others, Adam and Eve, the Age of the Universe, Young and Old Earth Creationism, the Days of Creation, Evolutionary Creationism, the Fossil Record, the Genesis Flood, and Hominid Fossils. I was therefore surprised to see so little discussion of other current hot-button Christianity and Science issues like Information and Intelligent Design (one very short article each, both by William Dembski, with no multiple-view response), and Original Sin (one page).
Despite these shortcomings, I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Christianity and Science dialogue.
Another similar, though much smaller, book that does include both a List of Entries and an Index is "A Science and Religion Primer," edited by Heidi Campbell & Heather Looy (Baker Academic, 2009).
In numerous entries, attacks are made on young-Earth creation ideas or organizations. For example, the entry for the Institute for Creation Research is written by the same author who contributes the entry for the anti-creation National Center for Science Education. The differing treatment of these two organizations is stark: I'CR's entry is almost seething, and the word "ridiculed" is used TWICE for ICR. In contrast, the NCSE is written as one would expect for a dictionary entry: polite and factual. The fact that the editors 1) chose a partisan for the NCSE to write ICR's bio; and 2) allowed ICR to be treated so poorly is highly problematic. The editors apparently didn't care about fairness or decency in reporting.
Similar instances can be found in numerous entries. Right after a two-views set on Noah's Flood (by a creationist paleontologist and a theistic evolutionist theologian...an odd pairing), there is another entry on Noah's Flood and geology by an old-Earth geologist lambasting a global flood. And there's a FOURTH entry on Noah's Flood in another spot on the dictionary (also attacking young-Earth creation), this time by one of the editors. In another area the same editor (a physicist) argues for Big Bang cosmology and is paired against a theologian arguing for a young universe. That's just strange. Shouldn't the experts be at least in similar fields for the multi-point entries???
And so it goes. I could bring up many missed biographies of important people and strange entries of others who've had minimal impact on Christianity and science. Or the fact that there are ZERO entries on "Christianity" but a bunch on "Science". There's very, very little on current species loss, environmental issues (just one multi-view entry on athropogenic climate change), and surprisingly few in bioethics, GMOs, or a host of other relevant topics.
Bottom line: missed opportunity for Zondervan.
Many current scholars involved
Lots of topics covered
No table of contents
Improper pairings for multi-point views
Some entries allowed to be agenda-driven