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Religion and science

Why Believe?

J. Cottingham

London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Pp. xvi, 186. Hb.

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Reviewed by Paul Badham, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability

R. S. White (ed.)

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. xxii, 298. Pb.

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Reviewed by Mary Grey, St Mary's University College, Twickenham in Modern Believing Jan 2011.

Nature, Space and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

S. Bergman, P. M. Scott, M. Jansdotter Samuelsson and H. Bedford-Strohm (eds.)

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xx, 340. Hb.

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Reviewed by John Inge, Diocese of Worcester in Modern Believing Jan 2011.

Medicine of the Person: Faith, Science and Values in Health Care Provision

John Cox, Alistair V. Campbell and Bill (K. W. M.) Fulford (eds.)

London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Pp. 240.

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Reviewed by Robert Thompson, Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust in Modern Believing Jan 2008.

Intelligent Faith

John Quenby and John MacDonald Smith (eds.)

O Books, 2009. Paperback: 240 pages. PDFMore

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In this book a group of scientists and theologians unite to honour Charles Darwin, expressing their common conviction that Darwinian evolution marks a very great advance in human understanding of the world and that Intelligent Design is an unproductive dead end.

Intelligent Faith will be of interest not only to thinking people with an interest in theology and science but also to sixth formers, school discussion groups and university societies.

The Big Questions in Science and Religion

Keith Ward

Templeton Foundation Press, 2008. Paperback: 272 pages.

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There is a refreshing open-mindedness about Ward's approach to big scientific and philosophical questions. This is in sharp contrast to that of some of his Oxford colleagues, who recently appear to have been more interested in scoring debating points than in the patient exploration of what religious statements actually mean, and of how they can help to interpret different realms of experience.

Divine Action: Examining God's Role in an Open and Emergent Universe

Keith Ward

Templeton Foundation Press, 2007. Paperback: 288 pages.

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In an intellectual counterpoint to antispirituality arguments, Ward explores what is involved in the idea of creation and of particular divine actions in a world of scientific law and intelligibility. He presents his argument for the presence of divine action in the natural world and offers a rationale for divine operation as a continuous spiritual-natural conversation.

Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives

John Hedley Brooke (ed.)

Cambridge University Press, 1991. Paperback: 434 pages.

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In this volume, John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to one of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world: the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) are two of the most famous examples. Without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.

Facing Death: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Paul Badham and Paul H. Ballard (eds.)

University of Wales Press, 1996. Paperback: 198 pages.

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The discussion of death is at last being brought out into the open, while the care of the dying is seen to involve more than the traditional services of doctor and priest. Facing death brings together contributors from the law, philosophy, medicine, social work, theology and religious studies to discuss issues such as hospice care, the arguments for and against euthanasia, and religious hope for eternal life.

Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion

John Hedley Brooke and Geoffrey Cantor

Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. Paperback: 386 pages.

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The authors ... present a series of essays (originally Gifford lectures) illustrating a wide range of approaches to the historical study of the interactions of science and religion.... The copious references make this book an excellent resource as well as a good read.

Biology and Theology Today: Exploring the Boundaries

Celia E. Deane-Drummond

SCM Press, 2001. Paperback: 272 pages.

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Designed as a basic text, for students and non-specialists, in science and religion, this book brings together current advances in both areas in a fruitful dialogue and interchange. Deane-Drummond uses key illustrative examples from contemporary genetic science, ecology and Gaia as a way of probing present practice. She engages readers in theological reflection on recent advances in the biosciences in a way that shows the challenge of modern biological science to theology.

Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life

Mark Vernon

Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Hardcover: 224 pages.

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Have evolution, science and the trappings of the modern world killed off God irrevocably? And what do we lose if we choose not to believe in him? From Newton and Descartes to Darwin and the discovery of the genome, religion has been pushed back further and further while science has gained ground. But what fills the void that religion leaves behind? This book is an attempt to look at these questions and to suggest a third way between the easy consolations of religion and the persuasive force of science that the everyday modern reader can engage with.

The Ethics of Nature

Celia Deane-Drummond

WileyBlackwell, 2003. Paperback: 272 pages.

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The Ethics of Nature explores humanity's treatment of the natural world from a Christian perspective. The book presents a range of ethical debates arising from our relationship with nature, including current controversies about the environment, animal rights, biotechnology, consciousness, and cloning. It sets the immediate issues in the context of underlying theological and philosophical assumptions, and draws out broader concerns for social justice.

The Contemporary Challenge of Modernist Theology

Paul Badham

University of Wales Press, 1998. Paperback: 179 pages.

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The Modernists claim that core beliefs like faith in God, hope for life after death and respect for the teaching of the historical Jesus, could be freed from outmoded supernatural ideas like six-day creation, virgin birth, substitution atonement and Hell. They argue that for Christianity to survive it must be brought into line with the best of modern thought.