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John R Carpenter is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geological and Environmental Science at the University of South Carolina - Columbia. He is married to Charlene (Charlie) Carpenter. They live in Ballentine, SC, and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Chapin, SC. John and Charlie have three grown children and seven grandchildren. In addition to writing, John enjoys recycling old barn wood into his "Rustic Creations" furniture, playing golf, enjoying grandchildren and traveling
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: XLIBRIS (May 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483616223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483616223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,187,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book with the intention of using it in a college class I am planning to teach on the topics discussed in this book. The author does a nice job going briefly through the origin of the solar system and planet Earth, and proceeds through the various periods of geologic time giving a brief overview of the geologic and biologic events during each. What I really appreciated is the second half of each of the chapters, which is a look at the worldwide religious views on all of these topics. I think this really helps one understand where (if there is) the tension between religion and science. It is also has a nice section on environmental science (a topic the author has taught courses in), which is especially timely given the current state of our surrounding world, and our effect on it. Don't expect a magnum opus on any of these topics, as this is not a hugely thick book, nor is it intended to be, in my estimation. For me, it will be a great starting point for the discussions I plan to have with my college freshman.
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A friend loaned me a copy of this book after we'd had a short discussion of science and religion while out hiking. Now I'm buying my own copy (and one to give away) because it was so informative, easy to read and thought-provoking. My only complaint is that I'd have liked MORE of it: somewhat longer overviews of science ( so much has been learned since I took geology, biology and astronomy in college!), longer selections of authoritative commentary from the variety of religious faiths (Christian, Judaic and Islamic) reviewed, and more about Mr. Carpenter's own spiritual and intellectual journey. Nevertheless, in a short space, the author has included numerous intriguing ideas on the relationship between science and religious faith -- enough to keep this reader thinking long after I'd finished reading.
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