Science and the Bible: Evidence-Based Christian Belief

Science and the Bible: Evidence-Based Christian Belief

by Ted Burge
     
 

Does scientific evidence give credence to religious belief? Ted Burge, a highly respected physicist in the United Kingdom, draws on his background in the fields of science and theology to address the issue.

The book begins with an analysis of evidence found in the text of the Bible in different translations, proceeds to an examination of interpretations of the

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Does scientific evidence give credence to religious belief? Ted Burge, a highly respected physicist in the United Kingdom, draws on his background in the fields of science and theology to address the issue.

The book begins with an analysis of evidence found in the text of the Bible in different translations, proceeds to an examination of interpretations of the Old and New Testaments, and then looks at evidence from the sciences, including archeological findings, geological mappings, and carbon-dating, alongside data from the arts, hymns, literature, and historians' testimonies.

Evidence is presented on:

  • Physical, geological, and biological evolution, and their relation to the Genesis story of creation
  • Original sin, the origin of death, and the immortality of the soul, as described in Babylonian and other stories, including the Flood and the Tower of Babel
  • The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, Incarnation and Atonement
  • Free will and the nature of love
  • Miracles as described in the Bible
  • The evolution of belief
  • Meditation and prayer as a "conscious interchange of thoughts with God"

Knowledge of science is knowledge of God's creation and often helps to identify some of the things we can say about God, the author points out.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Can science support the validity of Christian belief? Burge (physics, emeritus, London Univ.) uses his expertise in physics and theology to argue that it can. He begins by explaining the beliefs and corresponding evidence of the religious and scientific perspectives, proceeds to build his case by examining the biblical evidence for Christianity, and, finally, examines the extra- biblical and scientific evidence. Included are such topics as the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus and the Resurrection. Science-savvy readers may find some of Burge's arguments dubious: To reconcile the seven-day Genesis account of creation with evolution, for example, he proposes a seven-stage account based on an arbitrary application of the evidence. He uses the same selective thinking in stating that the "existence of the church today is the firmest evidence for the Resurrection," which as a scientific or historical argument falls short. Despite these criticisms, Burge does succeed in presenting a modern approach to biblical interpretation to the general reader. As such, his work may find an audience among those Christians open to the idea of an evolving biblical revelation. Recommended for all collections that emphasize Christianity.-Brad S. Matthies, Butler Univ. Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932031935
Publisher:
Templeton Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ted Burge is an emeritus professor of physics at the University of London, where he was dean of the Faculty of Science from 1982 to 1986. He studied physics at Bristol, and Uppsala, Sweden, and obtained his PhD in 1949. He studied theology at Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating in 1953. He is the author of Lord for all Seasons; Lord of All, Hear Our Prayer; and Atomic Nuclei and Their Particles.

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