“Enns sees four options available for those seeking to relate science and Scripture: (1) accept evolution and reject Christianity, (2) accept Paul’s view of Adam as binding and reject evolution, (3) reconcile the two by positing a first human pair in the evolutionary process, or (4) rethink Genesis and Paul … the book is written not only to make the case for [the fourth] option, but also to explore how to go about it in detail,” writes reviewer James F. McGrath.
Reviewer Joel W. Martin writes that Olson’s book draws “on his personal experiences as a dinosaur hunter in the Badlands of the western United States and on his experience as a pastor.” Martin praises Olson’s “genuine sense of wonder and love of nature” and his writing (though he finds it sometimes convoluted and too crammed with quotations); he regrets Olson’s failure to discuss “other books and efforts along the same lines” and to stay up to date on the creationism/evolution controversy."
Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2012. 236 pages.
“Most books on origins are designed to defend a particular perspective, but occasionally a book comes out that offers a semi-fair analysis of different viewpoints. This book falls into that category. The focus is a comparison between six models of origins, each representing a distinctive theological and scientific worldview,” writes reviewer Timothy H. Heaton.
Reviewer David L. Gosling complains that Brown “tries too much to ‘cover the ground’ and resorts to ‘cherry picking’ with respect to certain modern ideas, which include both evolution and design, which he ‘discovers’ in the past,” and he also faults “Brown’s reliance on English-language sources and consequent omission of the voice of ordinary people expressed in local vernaculars,” concluding, “Brown might have done better to consider how Hindu scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries viewed and sometimes practiced science in the light of their religious beliefs.”
McGrath’s Darwinism and the Divine, according to reviewer Bruce H. Weber, is “a highly readable introduction to the history of natural theology and its relationship to the sciences, particularly contemporary Darwinism, expanding upon the 2009 Hulsean Lectures he gave at Cambridge University.
version of Lamoureux’s Evolutionary
Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution,
I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution
is “a book that calls for evangelicals who
view their theology as robust to accept no
less in their science, and to recognize the theological resources
within their own tradition that allow them to do
so,” writes reviewer Dennis R. Venema.
“lectures and essays by eighteen
British scholars working in various areas
of religion and science,” and motivated in
part by recent creationist inroads in British education,
Intelligent Faith seeks to “offer an ‘intelligent faith’ from
a Christian perspective that is built upon a sound, contemporary
theology in dialogue with the modern scientific
paradigm of cosmic and biotic evolution,” according
to reviewer Robert J. Schneider.