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Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?: The Relationship Between Science and Religion

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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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Justin Tapp
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
There is not enough space on Goodreads for my review. Read the entirety on my blog:

I bought this for a quarter at a library discard sale.

Ruse is a philosopher who delves in biological philosophy. He got some notoriety in the early 1980s testifying against Arkansas' legislated creation science curriculum, arguing that it was not science. I had read his discussion with Gary Cutting in 2014 about whether evolution explained religious beliefs. He is polite wit
Oct 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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.
Jared Morningstar
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lively and fair examination of the intersection of science and religion. Ruse is very knowledgeable about the various perspectives on Darwinian evolution and understands how scholars and philosophers have interpreted the world in light of this scientific knowledge. Ruse also treats the Christian religion fairly, showing the nuances and thoroughness of the theological tradition while also being critical where criticism is due – as in the case of Biblical literalism. Many of Ruses conclusions won' ...more
Michael Cheek
Feb 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
'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.
Luis C
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Una lectura interesante, que funciona más como un resumen de argumentación que como algo nuevo. Quizá la parte más interesante sea la que trata del dolor, así como de la contingencia del ser humano.

Los argumentos sobre el pecado original están bastante traídos por los pelos y, en cualquier caso, son incompatibles con el catolicismo.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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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.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best books I've read on the subject.
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Michael Ruse is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the creation-evolution controversy and the demarcation problem within science. He was born in England, attending Bootham School,York. He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol (1962), his master's degree at McMast ...more
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