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Evolution from Creation to New Creation:
Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence

  By Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett

ISBN 0687023742
Abingdon
2003

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With theological and scientific expertise, Peters and Hewlett provide a careful and balanced analysis of the wide spectrum of debate between religious faith and biological evolution. Sensitive to the nuances of current, often contentious, argument, the authors clearly distinguish the major players and offer their own constructive theological vision.


Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. War? Really?
2. Darwin, Darwinism, and the Neo-Darwinism Synthesis
3. Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, and Evolutionary Psychology
4. Scientific Creationism
5. Intelligent Design
6. Theistic Evolution: A Survey
7. Theistic Evolution: A Constructive Proposal
Notes
Glossary
Index
Scripture Index


"Evolution from Creation to New Creation is an engaging but dispassionate exploration of the persisting contest between 'creationists' and evolutionists. Scientific as well as theological issues are wisely and clearly explained. The authors acknowledge that religion and science speak different languages, but argue that religion--not only science--has an interest in nature and the meaning of violence, suffering, and death. Peters and Hewlett formulate a theology of 'continuing creation' that will appeal to believers as well as to interested scientists. Pastors, educators, and all those concerned with the religion-versus-science conflict will enjoy and benefit from this fair, original, and incisive elucidation of a nagging controversy."
Francisco J. Ayala, Professor of Biological Science and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine, and 2001 U.S. National Medal of Science Laureate

"There is a German saying: 'How do we get the cow off the ice?' Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett have accomplished just that with this immensely important book, which is long overdue. They extract science from its ideological wrappings and show us beautifully and with utmost precision how the Book of Nature and the Book of Scripture are not mutually exclusive but actually complement each other--truly a masterpiece!"
Uwe Siemon-Netto, Religion Editor, United Press International

"There is much to ponder in this informed, informative, and thought-provoking book by a scientist and a theologian. I learned a great deal from this small, well-organized, and well-written book, and I strongly recommend it to theists or nontheists seeking to understand the rich taxonomy of Christian views on evolution."
Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc.

"Ted Peters and Marty Hewlett have written a crystal-clear account of all the issues that challenge theology and science on the origin of life today. They give us a brilliant analysis of controversial issues like design, direction, purpose, progress, and divine action in the process of evolution. This is followed by a bold, constructive proposal that goes beyond these positions to understand nature on its own terms, according to its own principles, while at the same time reconciling this scientific understanding with theism. This book will become an invaluable text for teachers, students, and anyone interested in the current debate on faith and evolution."
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science, Princeton Theological Seminary

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