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The Prism and the Rainbow: A Christian Explains Why Evolution Is Not a Threatby Joel W Martin
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God or Darwin? It is one of the most contentious conflicts of our time. It is also completely unnecessary, according to Joel W. Martin, an evolutionary biologist and ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. In this slim but powerful book, Martin argues that it is not contradictory to be a practicing, faithful Christian who accepts the science of evolution.
Martin finds that much of the controversy in the United States over evolution is manufactured and predicated on a complete — and sometimes willful — misapprehension of basic science. Science and religion, he says, serve different purposes and each seeks to answer questions that the other need never address. He believes that many of the polarizing debates about evolution distract from the deeper lessons of Christianity and that literal, fundamentalist readings of the Bible require the faithful to reject not just evolution but many of science's greatest discoveries.
Just as the scientific explanation of rainbows is not meant to refute the biblical rainbow story of God's promise, evolutionary theory is not a ploy to disavow the divine. Indeed, Martin shows that the majority of Christians worldwide accept the theory of evolution. He urges his fellow Christians to refuse to participate in the intellectually stifling debate over evolution and creationism/intelligent design.
Book News Annotation:
Both a research scientist and an ordained Presbyterian elder, Martin argues that a person can believe in evolution and be a faithful Christian. Much of the controversy over evolution is based on a complete misunderstanding of basic science, the author suggests, and he objects to literalist readings of the Bible that distract people from the deeper lessons of Christianity. There really shouldn't be a debate between science and religion, Martin argues, because each deals with different issues, using distinctive methods of inquiry. A short but eloquent book, this volume is a welcome call for calm and sanity in the acrimonious discussions of evolution. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this powerful work, Martin argues that it is not contradictory to be a practicing, faithful Christian who accepts the science of evolution. He urges Christians to refuse to participate in the intellectually stifling debate over evolution and creationism/intelligent design.
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