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Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist

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"I'm an evolutionary biologist and a Christian," states Stanford professor Joan Roughgarden at the outset of her groundbreaking new book, Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. From that perspective, she offers an elegant, deeply satisfying reconciliation of the theory of evolution and the
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Island Press (first published July 1st 2006)
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Matthew
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: god, biography
A quiet and thoughtfully reasoned book. I don't know enough science to critique her critics (of which there are many), but I think she throws up a good critique of intelligent design and Dawkin's style atheism, showing how they are interlinked -- ID evolved to counter Dawkins', or so it seems. There is a very interesting chapter near the end defending homosexuality, which I'm sure will be controversial among some Christians. I liked it mainly for the sense that here was a rational, humane, scien ...more
Maria
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science, religion
The author did a wonderful job of dealing with faith and evolution in the same breath. There wasn't anything astoundingly new in this book for me but I think it would be a good read for anyone who is christian and unsure about what evolution is and what it means in light of their faith. She did a great job explaining what evolution says and doesn't say to the lay person and it is a good reminder to any scientist to talk about this and other hot political issues in a fashion that a non-scientist ...more
Nicholas Hudson
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Any book by a transgender Christian evolutionary biologist has to be somewhat worth reading. However, this is written in a rather breezy manner with insubstantial arguments, and her attempts to retain a literal reading of the Bible that supports evolutionary biology are rather far-fetched. One wonders why they are even necessary. However, this book is helpful for a glimpse at what has led Roughgarden to her challenge of sexual selection, a challenge that, so far as I can tell, is quite telling. ...more
Matthew
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite book on this topic. Dr. Roughgarden tries to foster harmony between evolutionary biology and the Christian faith, an admirable goal. She admits she is strong on the science side and weak on the theology side given her training. As a person who has spent time in both camps - and I want to be charitable in the midst of this critique - I think she was weak on both sides. Perhaps it was because the book was short, thus there was not as much room in which to consider the topic. Or per ...more
Mark Geisthardt
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Joan Roughgarden is an Evolutionary Biologist and a Christian, something which some in the conservative fundamentalist branch of Christianity would consider to be mutually exclusive. In this book she responds to those who would consider her scientific beliefs and her Christian beliefs to be in conflict. She lays out a good basic explanation of evolutionary theory and specifically lifts up those areas where the theory is proven as well as those areas where there are problems. It is a good read, i ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Pros: the author is very good at explaining modern evolutionary theory to the lay person and is honest about its flaws (though she sees different flaws than most advocates of ID or Creationism do).

Cons: her theology is often weak and involves a lot of reaching for ideas not present in the Biblical text she is citing.

Overall, it was an interesting and often informative read, but definitely flawed in many of its arguments.
John
Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very thoughtful, gentle book and succeeds in many areas where I doubted that it could. I met Joan Roughgarden years ago when she was John Roughgarden and fairly new at Stanford, so I was intrigued to see how she had changed over the years. Roughgarden has led a most interesting life, both internally and as a scientist, and brings a deep, thoughtful passion to her Episcopalian faith and to this book.
Matt Hill
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
an extremely simple, direct, short little book, but so fair and incisive and helpful . . there needs to be more in-depth stuff done and read, especially when it comes to theological issues raised by evolution, but for anyone who wants just a quick overview of the current state of the whole faith-and-evolution thing, this is a nice start . .
Kyle
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it
260821 A good, quick read. Enjoyable taken as one individual's account of reconciling evolution and Christianity. Not overly religious or scientific, and the author's writing style puts you at ease and makes you trust her right away.
Charles
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I liked this book so much I wrote a note to the author saying so. What a refreshing approach to the topic. Roughgarden shows that a believe in evolution and an expression of Christian religious faith are not incompatible.
Chad
Mar 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sciencereligion
Good introductory book from a Christian and Evolutionary Biologist. Not much new has been said, just rehashed arguments
Alisse Metge
Note: I skipped one chapter entirely (you can guess which one), but I thought the rest offered some really good ideas. I particularly enjoyed the analysis of Intelligent Design.
Jeremy Thompson
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are much better books on the topic. While Roughgarden is a brilliant biologist, the Biblical interpretation in the book often shows a lack of awareness.
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American ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Hawaii and Stanford University. She is well known for her theoretical and field work in community ecology and her critical studies on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection.

She is the author of 8 non-fiction books, over 180 scientific articles & the upcoming SciFi novel Ram-2050 a futuristic retelling of the Hindu epic Ram
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