The Rt. Rev Wallace Benn
This is a most helpful compilation, which is designed to make one think very seriously about the whole issue of evolution and the Bible. To those who love the Scriptures, and seek to be faithful to them, this will prove enormously helpful.
The Rt. Rev Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes
Rev Dr Steve Brady
'When it comes to the debate about reconciling evolutionary theory to the Christian faith, some theistic evolutionist friends give the impression that, "They think it's all over!" "It isn't now!" is my response after reading this collection of very accessible essays from a variety of scientists and theologians who beg to differ from that conclusion. Read, be challenged and be ready to think again.'
Rev Dr Steve Brady, Principal of Moorlands College
Dr Colin Reeves
The question posed has caused much recent debate. The answer given by these authors is an emphatic "No!" Firstly, they demonstrate with compelling logic that theistic evolution has serious theological consequences for the gospel. Secondly (and this should make us weep), the theistic evolutionary project is so unnecessary. As the second part of this first-class survey makes clear, there is actually no compelling reason to accept Darwinism anyway. Homological arguments have bitten the dust, junk DNA turns out to be anything but junk, and as for the origin of life itself, biologists haven't got a clue. In terms of recent discoveries in molecular biology, Darwinism is not only wrong but irrelevant, a Victorian relic.
Dr Colin Reeves, Professor of Operational Research in the School of Mathematical and Information Sciences (MIS) at Coventry University
Dr Alastair Noble
'This excellent collection of articles by theologians and scientists addresses in detail the question of whether Christians have too readily embraced neo-Darwinism and adapted their theology to suit. The scientific rigour and theological clarity of this volume will encourage all those who have not bowed the knee to Darwin and challenge those who have. The arguments it presents are cogent and powerful. It is a much needed contribution to what has become a one-sided debate.'
Dr Alastair Noble, former Inspector of Schools and Head of Educational Services, Scotland
Dr Angus Menuge
Well-informed, up-to-date and powerfully argued, this collection of theological, philosophical and scientific essays by distinguished authors shows that the theistic evolution on offer from Denis Alexander, Francis Collins and Kenneth Miller conflicts not only with the best Biblical exegesis but also with a sober assessment of the scientific data.
The theological contributors show that accommodation to Darwinism undermines orthodox teaching about Creation, the Fall, and Redemption itself. The scientists show that the complex information common to all life could not arise from materialistic processes, and that the popular “junk DNA” and human chromosomal fusion arguments for Darwinism dissolve under scrutiny. Evangelical Christians pondering whether they should embrace Darwinism owe it to their integrity to read this book.
Dr Angus Menuge, Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University, Wisconsin
Phillip E Johnson
"The title of 'Should Christians Embrace Evolution?' poses a question that thoughtful Christians must face, in light of the arguments for theistic evolution being offered in England by Dennis Alexander and by Francis Collins in America. To meet the challenge of an evolutionary philosophy that explains life as the product of natural causes alone, we all need help from Christians with expertise in science and theology. Each of us must in the end come to a personal decision about which experts are sufficiently trustworthy that we should accept their guidance in forming our views about which things are real and which are only imaginary. The experts in science and theology who contributed chapters to 'Should Christians Embrace Evolution?' are of the trustworthy kind, and their words of wisdom will be very helpful to Christians who are struggling to sort out conflicting claims and arrive at the truth."
Phillip E Johnson, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California, Berkley
Dr Dalibor Krupa
“This book is much needed. As a nuclear physicist I have observed reconciliation between science and theology in numerous areas, not because of modified theology but because continuing scientific discovery has overturned 19th century perspectives that sought to challenge Biblical theology. The current progress in molecular biology is beyond Darwin's wildest imagination and readers would be well advised to examine the evidence. As one who lived under Communism, I understand too well that the more a society seeks to enforce an idea the more important it is to question it.
Dr Dalibor Krupa, Research Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Dr Gary R Habermas
Naturalism has infiltrated Christian culture in the West. In assembling such a wide range of relevant high-level scholarship into one volume and discussing the question biblically, philosophically, and scientifically, this work deserves to be studied widely. The volume challenges much of the naturalistic inroads that undermine the biblical message in the year of Darwin's 200th anniversary. It should encourage the reader to question seriously the clamour to embrace neo-Darwinian theory.
Dr Gary R Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University
Rev Dominic De Souza
In today’s world Christians are coming under increasing pressure to accept the theory of evolution as the mechanism to explain our origins. To be sure, they may appease their conscience by adding God to the evolutionary scenario, but this is the start of the slippery slope towards doing away with the authority of the Bible wholesale. This is unfortunate, unnecessary and theologically incoherent, not least given the intellectually rigorous arguments against the Darwinian paradigm in favour of an intelligent designer. Such arguments are very skilfully outlined by the theologians and scientists who contribute to this timely collection. I just wish this resource had been around whilst I was studying Theology – rooted in scientific enquiry and biblical truth, it really is an excellent tool for ministers, students and laypeople alike.
Rev Dominic De Souza, Senior Minister of Letchworth City Church, Winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theology, Magdalene College, Cambridge
Dr Richard Carhart
This collection of fine essays makes an essential contribution to the ongoing discussion among Christians about how to relate Biblical revelation with ongoing scientific efforts to understand the history of life on Earth. Although addressed primarily to Christian believers, the book should be helpful to a wide segment of the public who want to expose their thinking to top quality cutting-edge arguments for a view of the history of life that gives fuller weight to Divine revelation. Here you can find views that are informed in a balanced way by the best current science and Biblical revelation. The essays are uniformly top quality and fully current. This reviewer believes the book will helpfully focus discussions of a Christian view of Neo-Darwinian evolution on the key issues.
Dr Richard Carhart, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Patrick J. Roche
This book is a formidable challenge to the enterprise of theistic evolution. Theistic evolution necessitates the accommodation of Christian theology and biblical hermeneutics to the essentially atheistic neo-Darwinian paradigm. This means that the authority of science (specifically Darwinian evolutionary theory) is substituted for the authority of Scripture and made normative for biblical interpretation and Christian belief. The result is a contemporary gnostic (to borrow a term from one of the contributions) theology that undermines the authority of Scripture and renders theologically unintelligible the core elements of the Christian gospel and in particular the death of Christ. This exposure of the theological import of theistic evolution is presented in the book with clarity and biblically informed acumen by the relevant contributors.
The book also examines the claimed evidence for Darwinian evolution (specifically the theory of common descent) in homology, the fossil record, chromosomal fusion and the human genome. The collective conclusion of these scientific contributions is that evidence for common descent claimed by proponents of evolution is not remotely conclusive and in some crucial cases what is claimed as evidence, properly understood, actually counts against Darwinian evolution. These are very significant contributions to the debate but critics might claim that at best they merely accommodate a ‘God of the gaps’. But it is at this point that the book is both scientifically and theologically decisive. A number of contributions are directed towards the case for intelligent design based on positive evidence – specifically the information content at the micro-biological level which precludes naturalistic explanation.
The implication of the scientifically orientated contributions is that the subordination of the historic evangelical faith to the passing demands of the neo-Darwinian paradigm by theistic evolutionists has more to do with ‘intellectual pacifism’ than compelling scientific reasons. The response of the contributors to this theological capitulation is (in their own words) an ‘unequivocal no’. That is the right response and this book will enable Christians concerned with safeguarding the integrity of the Christian gospel to confidently make that response.
Patrick J. Roche, Tutor in Philosophy of Religion, Irish Baptist College
Dr John Warwick Montgomery
During my undergraduate years at Cornell University, I had the privilege of studying under Professor Edwin A. Burtt, author of The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science. He was no Christian believer, having given up his Presbyterian church connections for a vague Quakerism. But as a keen philosopher, he recognised how influential are the unrecognised philosophical ideas at the root of secular belief systems, as, for example, scientific rationalism and evolutionism.
The value of the present volume is that it endeavours to deal with the underlying metaphysical assumptions of evolutionary theory and to analyze their implications for classical Christian theology. The book is therefore a fine antidote to superficiality in philosophy of science and in the thinking of many religious believers today--who naively think that evolutionism can or must be swallowed whole in order for Christianity to survive in the modern world.
Dr John Warwick Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, UK