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The Galileo Connection: Resolving Conflicts Between Science and the Bible [Paperback]

By Charles E. Hummel (Author)
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IVP Print On Demand Title The church disagreed with Galileo. That set off controversy that rages on today. The passion remains but the issues have changed and the arguments have become more complex. Do miracles conflict with scientific laws? How did the universe begin? Does the creation story in Genesis conflict with evolution? Hummel sets these controversies in historical perspective by telling the fascinating stories of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Through their eyes we see how science flourished and floundered under the infuence of the church, setting the scene for modern conflicts. Then Hummel turns to the Bible, discussing its relationship to science, the place of miracles and the biblical accounts of the origin of the universe. His treatment of modern controversies is respectful and fair-minded. Yet he does not hesitate to criticize the views of others and argue for his own.

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The church disagreed with Galileo. That set off a controversy that rages on today. The passion remains but the issues have changed and the arguments have become more complex. Do miracles conflict with scientific laws? How did the universe begin? Does the creation story in Genesis conflict with evolution? Hummel sets these controversies in historical perspective by telling the fascinating stories of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Through their eyes we see how science flourished and floundered under the influence fo the church, setting the scene for modern conflicts. Then Hummel turns to the Bible, discussing its relationship to science, the place of miracles and the biblical account of the origin of the universe. His treatment of modern controversies is respected and fair-minded. Yet he does not hesitate to criticize the views of others and argue for his own.

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   293
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP Books
Edition  Print on Demand  
ISBN  087784500X  
ISBN13  9780877845003  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Before his passing in August 2004, Charles Hummel was formerly director of faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and president of Barrington College in Rhode Island. He was the author of fifteen books and Bible studies, including The Galileo Connection, Fire in the Fireplace, Genesis (in the LifeGuide Bible Study Series), and the bestselling booklet, Tyranny of the Urgent.

Charles E. Hummel has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lifeguide Bible Studies


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They Tricked The Pope  Jan 14, 2008
Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton were all Christians and could even be considered devout Christians. Newton was a bit of an outlier because he didn't believe in the Trinity, but spent as much time on theology as he did on science. This author is interested in the science and the religion of each man, how each dealt with conflicts between his science and his religion, and to what extent, if any, the church interfered with his scientific work.

Galileo is of particular interest because he is the only one who was officially punished. His case is held up as primary evidence of severe discrimination by the 16th and 17th century religious hierarchy against science. Hummel's position is this:

1. Official science, as controlled by the university establishment scientists, was heavily reliant on the archaic science left over from Aristotle, illustrated best by their belief in Ptolomy's astronomy left over from the 2nd century.

2. Galileo had baited and antagonized university scientists with his sarcastic writings and public statements for over 20 years.

3. In his "Dialogues," Galileo formulated informal debates between Simplicius, a supporter of the old astronomy, a believer in the Copernican astronomy, and a neutral observer. The offended scientists suggested to Pope Urban VIII that Galileo was putting the Pope's words into the mouth of the fool, Simplicius.

4. The Pope, already distracted by several other complex political scenarios of the day, made the fateful error of allowing Galileo's trial and conviction. Galileo spent the rest of his life under house arrest. For over four centuries his story has been used by those who would cast the Church in the worst possible light.

In the rest of the book, Hummel discusses the theory and history of evolution, the historical conflicts between that and creationism, and various theological topics. In particular, he compares scientists who make pronouncements about God with Christians who feel they must reconcile findings of science with the Bible.

His view is summed up in these words: "Today many biblical Christians - like many non-theistic scientists - accept the theory of evolution, but others do not. The issues seem to remain in clearer focus when scientific and theological terms are not mixed. It should suffice to say, `I accept the biblical accounts of creation and the scientific theory of evolution.'" Extremists on both sides of the so-called creation-evolution controversy (today's updated version would be the ID/evolution war) might argue that it is impossible. Sometimes that seems to be the only point on which they can agree.


 
Stuck between your sunday school teacher modern science?  Jul 26, 1998
Hummel offers a fresh look at the Creation Epic of Genesis 1. While steering a path between the literal and mythological approaches to Genesis, Hummel offers an approach that is both reasonable and faithful to a valid scriptural approach to the emergence of life on earth. If you are a student of "Creation" or sceptical of the typical presentation of biblical origens, you must read this book...
 

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