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Science and Christianity : An Introduction to the Issues (Paperback) (J. B. Stump)

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"Books about religion and science are legion, but books as skillfully written as this one are uncommon, the research is impeccable, and the clarity of verbal and conceptual language commendable. I can't think of a better candidate for a textbook in undergraduate courses."

Edward B. Davis, Messiah College

It has always amazed me that, despite the significance of the dialogue between science and religion, there are too few books that lake the reader beyond the introductory level and into the academic debates themselves. Slump's book changes all of that. His sustained engagement with the manifest problems (and opportunities) that science poses for (Christianity is honest while also conciliatory, accessible while also scholarly. Readers will find many of their burning questions addressed, but will also be inspired to explore fascinating new lines of inquiry. You don't need a lot of philosophy, science, or theology to be able to use this book, hut you will certainly learn a lot from it if you do."

Mark Harris. University of Edinburgh

Science and Christianity is an introduction to topics at the intersection of science and Christian theology. In discussing the complex relationship between the two fields. Slump provides a distinctive approach by using historical episodes, with tangible examples, to illustrate the claim that there is no one way science and Christianity have been related to each other. Instead, he explores how there have been instances of conflict, limes of independence, and points when there is evidence of science and Christian theology influencing each other.

Opening with historically oriented chapters that illustrate how science and Christianity have intersected through time. Stump goes on to discuss methodological principles for both science and theology, hollowing this foundational coverage, further chapters examine the current interplay of contemporary science and key theological concepts, including cosmology, evolution, natural theology, divine action, the soul, the problem of natural evil, and eschatology. Throughout the text, arguments are presented fairly and objectively, with strengths and weaknesses of particular interpretations fully discussed.

Student-friendly feature boxes are included throughout the text and highlight biographies of prominent scientists and theologians, define key terms and concepts, pose critical questions, and introduce the primary literature through extended quotations A lime-line of figures who have been discussed and a glossary provide the reader with further support, f his book is essential reading for any student of science and Christianity, philosophy of science, or philosophy of religion.

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