Why This Book?
A campaign is being waged to encourage Christians to embrace evolution. Throughout 2008 and 2009 books have been published, magazine articles printed, conferences convened, courses written and even a play commissioned aimed at persuading the evangelical community that evolution is utterly consistent with Christian theology. This book is written to directly challenge that concept.
The contributors were concerned that the ongoing repetition of a one-sided argument might lead to some people feeling brow-beaten into accepting that evolution is consistent with Christian theology because there appears to be no credible, alternative voice. A quick glance at the names of those who have been involved in this publication should demonstrate the credibility of this volume. The authors are well known as leaders in their respective fields. The scientists have expertise in the areas they write about. These are not amateurs "dabbling" outside their own discipline. Though the scientists are all committed Christians they have left the detailed discussions on theology to the theologians.
This book is not an attempt to revisit old arguments. It is interacting with the latest scientific data and recently suggested "theology" that apparently allows those who are committed to the supremacy of Scripture to fullly embrace evolution. This book challenges any acceptance of superficial theology that would attempt to sweep serious questions under the carpet in favour of following the scientific consensus. The contributors all ascribe to a high view of science but are not intimidated by the idea of "scientific consensus". Historically, breakthroughs often happened in spite of the consensus. Science is about empirical evidence not consensus.
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Norman is Professor Emeritus of Medical Genetics, Queen's University of Belfast and Head of the Northern Regional Genetics Service. He has held the positions of secretary, vice-president and president of the UK Clinical Genetics Society as well as serving on various national and international committees notably the Human Genetics Advisory Commission. He is a member of the European Concerted Action for congenital abnormalities. Professor Nevin was a founder member of the UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. His research interests have resulted in over 300 peer reviewed publications on various aspects of genetics, especially single gene disorders and congenital abnormalities.
Michael was formerly a minister at All Souls, Langham Place, and is now Theological Advisor for UCCF. His doctorate is in systematic theology from King's College, London.
Steve originally trained in the history and philosophy of science and is currently Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. He is a prolific author and speaker and his works have been translated into 15 different languages. He is an outspoken advocate of Intelligent Design and his books include Science vs Religion and Dissent Over Descent.
Alistair is currently Chaplain at Heriot-Watt University and has a particular interest in the relationship between science and faith. His doctorate is in Glacial and Post Glacial Environmental Change and he worked as an enviromental scientist in both Wales and Scotland before entering the Church of Scotland ministry.
Andy is Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at Leeds University and has spent thirty years in research in these fields. He has recently led a team in developing a new technology based on their research in biomimetics.
Alistair is lecturer in Biblical and Theological Studies at Moorlands College. He has degrees in both physics and theology.
John is Research Professor of Chemistry at St Andrews University
R T Kendall is an author, speaker and teacher and was pastor of Westminster Chapel, London for 25 years
Geoff was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge for seven years. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at three other UK Universities and a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.
David has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s in theology from the University of Glamorgan. He was involved in church planting in the UK before moving to Eldoret, Kenya where he currently serves as a missionary and a lecturer at the pastor’s training college.
Andrew is studying towards a PhD in theology at Exeter University examining the science, theology and philosophy of the intelligent design arguments. He has an MSc in Environmental Decision Making and works as a specialist weather forecaster in the environmental arena. He is the author of Restoring the Ethics of Creation.
Phil has been in pastoral ministry for the past 23 years and has led churches in Coventry, Birmingham and Swansea. He is currently pastor of the Elim Church in Dundonald, Belfast. He has a master’s degree in theology from Manchester University.
Greg is the Senior Pastor at Westminster Chapel, London. He has pastored for 30 years and travels widely as a conference speaker, preacher and lecturer. He is the author of several books including, Preach the Word, A Radical Encounter with God, The Man who Wrestled with God and Moving in the Prophetic.
Preface: A twenty-first century challenge
1. Evolution and the Church
2. The language of Genesis
3. Adam and Eve
4. The fall and death
5. Creation, redemption and eschatology
6. The nature and character of God
7. Faith and creation
R. T. Kendall
8. Towards a science worthy of creatures in imago Dei
9. Interpretation of scientific evidence
B. The nature of the fossil record
C. Chromosomal fusion and common ancestry
D. Information and thermodynamics
10. Does the genome provide evidence for common ancestry?
11. The origin of life: scientists play dice
Conclusion: Should Christians embrace evolution?
Phil Hills and Norman Nevin
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Norman C. Nevin