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Science the Key to Theology: Volume One: Preliminaries Paperback – January 24, 2017
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Steven L. Peck is a biology professor at Brigham Young University. He teaches History and Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics, and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in evolution, ecology, philosophy of science, religion, and ethics. He is also an award-winning fiction author with numerous published poems, short stories, and novels.
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Peck writes in a friendly, often humorous tone that is accessible but never condescending. He introduces some of the most current and significant scientific thinking to the reader as he unapologetically explores what it all might imply for the way we make theological meaning in our lives. He does it all in a way that is responsible to the science and to the theological contexts in which he is situated. This is, in my opinion, the most serious and exciting kind of theology we can engage in. It is the most mind-expanding book of non-fiction I've ever read. That is all.
A couple of things: as the first major output of the BCC Press, an imprint started by the contributors to one of the major LDS blogs, it was somewhat disappointing to find that the proofreading and editing wasn't quite up to snuff. There are a minor number of easily correctable spelling errors, grammar <I>faux pas</I>, and egregiously misplaced apostrophes that should have been taken care of before the volume went to print. (I am nitpicky; many of you probably won't notice, as apparently the editor did not.) Also, although the author does admit up front that he's going to wander around a bit, it could be better organized - patterns do not emerge from chaos in the book so well as Peck points out that they do in real life.
But, ultimately, it's a transcendent and beautiful affirmation of what we know about our world and what we know about God, or try to know about God, and an excellent resource for anyone who is driven to distraction by young-earth creationists, 7-day literalists, and other such narrowly-focused thinkers. Here's the money quote:
"God's revelations come to us as text obscured and mishandled through the rough aberrations of human weakness, bias, fears, doubt, confusion, agendas, wishes, dreams, hope, culture, and a thousand and one other chances for dilution and taint - the rich panoply of confusion that is the complex dance of Homo Sapiens' wetware." (p.132.) Compare this with the words of the Book of Mormon prophets Moroni and Nephi:
Title Page (Moroni)
And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.
1 Nephi 19:6 (Nephi)
Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.
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The relationship between science and theology that Peck sketches out in this book, then, is both incredibly basic and intellectually expansive. Science teaches us amazing things about the world: that organisms evolve through a process of natural selection that ensures that they continually adapt to changing environments; that genuine randomness is hard-wired into the way that the universe works; that extraordinarily beautiful and complex systems can emerge from chaos and randomness (which, by the way, are NOT the same things). We can learn these things by studying what Peck calls “the revelations in the rocks,” or the scripture of the natural world.
And all of these things have enormous consequences for the way that we understand God, the world, and our relationship to both. Peck argues persuasively that the revelations of science, when paired with the revelations of scripture and prophecy, combine to produce startling insights about the way that life works. Ultimately, this is not a book that subordinates science to theology or theology to science. It is a display of what can happen when we take both disciplines entirely seriously and apply them with equal fervor to our most difficult questions.