The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Michael Murray, Jeffrey Schloss, eds. The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion , 2010  Oxford University Press, 384 pages, Bibliography, Index, Paperback (List: $35.00,  Amazon $30.61)

Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, . . . → Read More: The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

The Bible, Rocks, and Time

Davis A. Young & Ralph F. Stearley, The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth, 2008, 464 pp. ISBN-0830828760, Paperback, IVP Academic (List $30.00. CBD: $21.99).

As the need to clearly define distinctions between evolutionary scientific positions on ‘origins’ (man, the Earth and the Universe) and the biblical scientific position (young-earth Creationism) become more necessary, books by experts from all perspectives become more prevalent. In The Bible, Rocks and Time, two Ph. D. level geologists examine the evidence from the view of secular science to make their determination of a very old earth, culminating in . . . → Read More: The Bible, Rocks, and Time

Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living

Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living
By Robert Spencer, Robert White & Virginia Vroblesky / Hendrickson Publishers (List $16.05, CBD $11.99)

What should Christians do to protect the Earth and its people?Amounts and patterns of consumption and production in the West have reached a level that cannot be maintained. Lifestyles based on our present way of creating and using energy are no longer environmentally sustainable-and are threatening the health and well-being of both planet and people. Our activities and the policies that shape them need to change.

In light of those realities, Spencer, White, and Vroblesky offer serious Christian engagement with the . . . → Read More: Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living

THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE

THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H. Walton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009. 192 pages. Paperback; List:$16.00.  CBD $11.99 PSCF Review.

Wheaton College biblical scholar John Walton offers an interesting alternative to traditional evangelical views of ancient cosmology. Instead of insisting that God does not err or tell lies and thus allow bad ancient cosmology or twist the text to reflect current views, he asks us to consider the text as the ancient Israelites did. “It is . . . → Read More: THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE