Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?: The Relationship Between Science and Religion
by Michael Ruse
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 de...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by Cambridge University Press
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More interesting than expected, given the title. I was expecting either 'No' (if the Christian insists on a literal reading of Genesis), or 'Sure, why not?' otherwise. Turns out that even if one allows a metaphoric reading of the Creation story, there are still other issues to be considered. Everything from Evil to Morality to The Possibility of Intelligent Extraterrestrials brings up possible philosophical disagreements. All of which are given even-handed and broad coverage.
The one critique I h...more
The one critique I h...more
'n Goeie boek om te lees behalwe dat dit deurspek is met aanhalings omtrent wat die Christelike leer se wat heeltemal vals is. Die outeur is onkundig omtrent wat die Bybel eintlik leer en dit is 'n ernstige fout omdat dit juis is waaroor sy boek gaan - 'n deeglike begrip van beide die Bybel en die wetenskap. Ter verdediging van die outeur: ek dink nie dis omdat hy Christene haat nie; ek dink dis eerder omdat hy nie die Bybel wil lees nie, maar eerder boeke omtrent die Bybel.
I used to think that the debate was mostly between evolution and the creation story in Genesis. While that was discussed in this book several other topics were addressed; pain, extraterrestrials, sociobiology, and the miracles of Jesus. The overall conclusion that the author made was that yes, a Darwinian can be a Christian, but throughout the book it seems to depend on what sort of theories or schools of thought you subscribe to. Mennonites even get mentioned once.
Yes, you can believe that the theory of Evolution has a role in life and the creation. And Yes, you can still be Christian. I am. I also realized that I take my knowledge as a member of the LDS church for granted. The book was written from a Catholic standpoint and the questions the author puts forth I already had a satisfactory answer.
This book was just OK. I had to read it for a history of science class in college. The title is more interesting than the book itself. I read page after page, expecting some semblance of an answer to the question: Can a Darwinian be a Christian? But the author never seems to get there. Disappointing.