Can a Darwinian be a Christian?: The Relationship between Science and Religion

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Overview

Can someone who accepts Darwin's theory of natural selection subscribe at the same time to the basic tenets of Christianity? Adopting a balanced perspective on the subject, Michael Ruse argues that, although it is at times difficult for a Darwinian to embrace Christian belief, it is not inconceivable. Ruse has produced an important contribution to a sometimes overheated debate for anyone interested in seeking an informed and judicious guide to these issues. Michael Ruse is professor of philosophy and zoology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many books on evolutionary biology. In addition, he has published several hundred articles and many book reviews. He is the editor of the Cambridge Series in the Philosophy of Biology and founding editor of the journal IBiology & Philosophy. Hb ISBN (2000): 0-521-63144-0

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"...Ruse's book serves an important role—building bridges for people who otherwise might not be interested in exploring 'win-win' as opposed to 'win-lose' relationships between science and religion. The argument is spry and engaging." Nature
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For those dissatisfied with the tenor of the evolution vs. creationism debate, or who simply long for a more moderate intellectual engagement, Ruse (philosophy and zoology, Univ. of Guelph, Canada; Mystery of Mysteries) offers another perspective here: one designed to help rationalists come to terms with religion. Written from the viewpoint of a scientist willing to engage Christian literalism on its own terms, he systematically compares historical Darwinism and Christian beliefs and sensibilities, finding surprising parallels in both methodologies as they search for the meaning of life. While the author can be faulted in spots for minor misinformation (Augustine was not raised a Christian but underwent a conversion in midlife), he succeeds in offering as basic and thoroughgoing an engagement of biology and belief as one might hope for. And his honesty is noteworthy--a Darwinian can be a Christian, but, as Ruse notes, nobody claims that that's an easy path. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521637169
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 993,013
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

Prologue; 1. Darwinism; 2. Christianity; 3. Origins; 4. Humans; 5. Naturalism; 6. Design; 7. Pain; 8. Extraterrestrials; 9. Christian ethics; 10. Social Darwinism; 11. Social biology; 12. Freedom and determinism; Epilogue.

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