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Should Christians Embrace Evolution?
Biblical & Scientific Responses
Ed. by Norman C. Nevin

P&R Publishing; paperback; 192 pp

We are witnessing an aggressive attack on the credibility of the Christian faith. Christians are increasingly called to embrace Darwinian evolution -- or acknowledge that they are altogether opposed to science.

But for the contributors to this volume, this is a false premise. Committed to the authority of Scripture, the need for careful exegesis, and the importance of rigorous scientific investigation, these thirteen scientists and theologians offer valuable perspectives on a controversial area of debate for concerned Christians who are determined to draw their own conclusions.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Wayne Grudem
Preface: A twenty-first-century challenge: Phil Hills
1. Evolution and the Church: Alistair Donald
2. The language of Genesis: Alistair McKitterick
3. Adam and Eve: Michael Reeves
4. The fall and death: Greg Haslam
5. Creation, redemption and eschatology: David Anderson
6. The nature and character of God: Andrew Sibley
7. Faith and creation: R. T. Kendall
8. Towards a science worthy of creatures in imago Dei: Steve Fuller
9. Interpretation of scientific evidence
A. Homology: Norman Nevin
B. The nature of the fossil record: Norman Nevin
C. Chromosomal fusion and common ancestry: Geoff Barnard
D. Information and thermodynamics: Andy McIntosh
10. Does the genome provide evidence for common ancestry?: Geoff Barnard
11. The origin of life: scientists play dice: John Walton
Conclusion: Should Christians embrace evolution?: Phil Hills and Norman Nevin

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
Gary Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair,
Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University

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 by Denis Alexander in England 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 have
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,
Berkeley, author of Darwin on Trial

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 nineteenth-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.
Dalibor Krupa, Research Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of
Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

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.
John Warwick Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities,
University of Bedfordshire, UK; Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and
Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College, Virginia, USA; Director,
International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights,
Strasbourg, France

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