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Science and Grace: God's Reign in the Natural Sciences Paperback – March 16, 2006
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"Morris and Petcher have written an original, interesting, and well-researched book that should be helpful to many readers, especially those who want to deepen their understanding of science and the Reformed tradition."
—Edward B. Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College
"A thoughtful and inspiring call to action. Even though the relationship between science and faith is controversial, the work of the sciences is too important for evangelicals to leave it to others. Although it means taking risks, Morris and Petcher show how Christian involvement in the sciences can be a wholehearted outworking of a love for Christ and a concern for His glory."
—Bill Davis, Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department Chair, Covenant College
"Rather than falling into the common trap of saying only what Christians should reject, this book moves from destruction to construction. Here we find fresh insights into matters of prolegomena dealing with science and Christian belief. . . . What surfaces is a wonderful tapestry of creation viewed from a Trinitarian perspective that informs the handling of such issues as method, knowledge, nature, grace, the kingdom, and the promise of the whole scientific enterprise. Morris and Petcher present a positive path for the faithful scientific servant."
—Kelly M. Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
"This is an extraordinarily important book filled with "paradigm-shifting" ideas. The authors break new ground in showing how Christians can come to terms with both Modernism and Postmodernism. Showing how Kuyper, Dooyeweerd, and other worldview thinkers anticipated the 'paradigm' thinking that characterizes Postmodernism-which, in turn, can be appropriated by Christians today-is brilliant. Morris and Petcher write about complex issues in a remarkably clear and engaging way."
—Gene Edward Veith Jr., Provost, Professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College; Director, Cranach Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary
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So they answer the question, do Christians do science differently? No... but most definitely yes. It really is a book that helps to open one's eyes to God in the everyday. It's geared for those in the lab, but I found it enjoyable too.
Although the subject is approached from an academic angle, the diligent reader will definitely become more knowledgeable about an issue that is impacting our culture. Theology and scientific beliefs are shown to be the foundation on which people interact with the world around them. Decisions about scientific endeavors are based on these convictions and those decisions may eventually touch the lives of millions of people. Developing a Christian worldview is not an option, but a necessity. These pages will guide believers through the maze of misinformation to find a definitive and purposeful path.
Most noteworthy is the broad approach to this subject. The authors didn't dwell on the creation and evolution debate, but delved into other aspects of modern science and how they relate to Christian thinking and involvement. This offers readers a practical view of both the benefits, as well as the misuse of science, and offers advice on the right response to these situations.
This book is ultimately an expression of the glory of God's creation. Beholding the world through the lens of science magnifies the work of the Creator in the world today. This appreciation, combined with the factual evidence the authors provide, helps readers formulate an intelligent response to this subject, while also recognizing the responsibility that results. The book closes with some practical recommendations for combining science and Scripture in relevant areas of life.
Science & Grace has the potential to propel Christians to the forefront of the scientific debates that shape our society, allowing their opinions to steer crucial and worldwide decisions. - Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com