Synopses & Reviews
Question: Who made us?
Answer #1: God made us.
Answer #2: Evolution made us.
Which is it? What is the true answer to the age-old question of where we came from? Is it even possible to know for sure?
In Finding Darwin's God, Kenneth R. Miller offers a surprising resolution to the evolutionism vs. creationism debate.A distinguished professor of biology at Brown University, Miller argues that the genuine world of science is far more interesting than either the scientific mainstream or its creationist critics have assumed. He begins by systematically demolishing the claims of evolution's most vocal critics, showing that Darwin's great insights continue to be valid, even in the rarefied worlds of biochemistry and molecular biology. As he puts it, evolution is the real thing, and so are we.
Does this mean that evolution invalidates all worldviews that depend upon the spiritual? Does it demand logical agnosticism as the price of scientific consistency? And does it rigorously exclude belief in God?
His answer, in each and every case, is a resounding No. Not, as he argues, because evolution is wrong. Far from it. The reason, as Miller shows, is that evolution is right.
In this lively, fast-paced book, Miller offers a thoughtful, cutting-edge analysis of the key issues that seem to divide science and religion. As his narrative shows, the difficulties that evolution presents for Western religions are more apparent than real. Properly understood, evolution adds depth and meaning not only to a strictly scientific view of the world, but also to a spiritual one. Miller's resolution of the issues that seem to divide God from evolution will serve as a guide to anyoneinterested in the classic questions of ultimate meaning and human origins.
An act of intellectual daring and spiritual integrity...a refreshing departure fromthe tired polemics of the evolution wars. Book List, starred review
In this lively, engaging book, Brown University professor Kenneth R. Miller offers a thoughtful, cutting-edge analysis of the debate between evolutionism and creationism. After refuting the claims of evolution's most vocal critics, he shows how Darwin's great insights continue to be valid and claims that evolution neither invalidates spiritual world views nor precludes a belief in God. Professor Miller argues that, properly understood, evolution actually adds more depth and meaning to the spiritual world. Brilliant, fast-paced, and thoughtful, this resolution of the issues that seem to divide God from evolution will serve as a guide to anyone interested in the classic questions of ultimate meaning and human origins.
Written by a distinguished professor at Brown University, this compelling and provocative book demolishing claims that belief in God is incompatible with evolution.
From a leading authority on the evolution debates comes this critically acclaimed investigation into one of the most controversial topics of our times
About the Author
Kenneth R. Miller, a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, is a cell biologist, a professor of biology at Brown University, and the coauthor of widely used high school and college biology textbooks. In addition, he has written articles that have appeared in numerous scientific journals and magazines, including Nature, Scientific American, Cell, and Discover. He lives in Rehoboth, Massachussetts.