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Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"Some Christians are fighting the wrong battle. Evolution is not the enemy, as Daniel Harrell argues persuasively. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he introduces the basics of evolution and asks big questions about God and God's creation. Harrell is not trying to develop an apologetic for the Christian faith in a scientific world. What he has done is much more demanding. He has written an honest, thoughtful, doubt-filled, faith-filled, searching exploration of foundational reality. This is an important book." --Richard Peace, Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary
"With his peerless ability to turn the familiar inside out and upside down, and to make even the most unfamiliar ideas from both science and theology accessible, Daniel Harrell has given us a gift of a book. It will make you laugh, think, and pray and it is very possible that when you finish it you will believe more deeply in both evolution and creation than ever before." --Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making, and editorial director, The Christian Vision Project
"Daniel Harrell has interesting friends. To argue for Darwinism among evangelicals and for God among empirical scientists takes courage. And unlike many science-and-religion books, which range from dull to daunting, Harrell's gracious opening up of those conversations to the rest of us is not only informative but entertaining. Where's this book been?!" --Jason Byassee, Assistant Editor, Christian Century, and affiliate professor of theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"With his peerless ability to turn the familiar inside out and upside down, and to make even the most unfamiliar ideas from both science and theology accessible, Daniel Harrell has given us a gift of a book. It will make you laugh, think, and pray--and it is very possible that when you finish it you will believe more deeply in both evolution and creation than ever before."
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Harrell explains why evolution does indeed pose a significant challenge that deserves sophisticated thought, and then proceeds to show on a much deeper level how the different concepts fit together. I'm not sure that my answers end up being the same as his -- though I'm a middling theologian and an abysmal scientist so take that with a grain of salt -- but this was a tremendously helpful introduction to the issues. It is also packed with footnotes, for those who would like to explore further.
Read it if you are troubled by the intersection by Christian theology and evolution, or if you do not understand why people could be troubled.
Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology)
I recommend this book for Christians who are struggling with how to integrate biological evolution into their evangelical Christian worldview
When I first came to faith and starting reading "in the beginning" of Genesis in the King James Version (shows you how long ago I got started), I noted:
v. 20-21a: And God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created ...."
v. 24-25a: And God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made ...."
... it seemed to be describing evolution through the use of the language, coupling the acts of the creation (the waters & the earth bringing things forth) with the acts of the Creator (God created/made). So when I starting hearing all the antagonistic hoopla pitting evolution against faith, it struck me as odd. So, touché to Daniel Harrell for doing something about it!