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Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation [Paperback]

By J. P. Moreland (Author)
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Are science and Christianity inherently incompatible? Is creation science a contradiction in terms? In this pioneering analysis, J. P. Moreland not only answers with a resounding no but makes an impressive contribution to the integration of Christianity and science. Now back in print, this volume expands on concepts outlined in the author's previous book, Scaling the Secular City. Christianity and the Nature of Science encourages readers to think more clearly about the way science and theology interact. It dispels the notion that science is a matter of rational analysis and Christianity a matter of faith. And it demonstrates how the biblical record regarding the origin of life can and should be a legitimate consideration in scientific study.

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This Christian approach to the relationship between science and theology analyzes how the two disciplines have historically interacted with one another -- and how they should.

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Studio: Baker Book House
Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   Baker Book House
Age  13
ISBN  0801062497  
ISBN13  9780801062490  

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More About J. P. Moreland

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! J. P. MORELAND is distinguished professor of philosophy at
Biola University in La Mirada, California, and director of The
Eidos Christian Center. He holds a BS from the University of
Missouri, a ThM from Dallas Seminary, an MA from the
University of California-Riverside, and a PhD from the
University of Southern California. He has authored, edited,
or contributed papers to thirty-five books and has published more
than two hundred magazine and journal articles.

J. P. Moreland has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology. La Mirada Talbot School of Theology, La Mir.

J. P. Moreland has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  2. IVP Classics
  3. LifeChange
  4. Scaling the Secular City
  5. Veritas

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Evolution is nothing but a athiestic religion  Aug 4, 2009
If one cannot take the historical narrative of Genesis chapter 1 as literal, then how do you know you are believing in the true God spoken about in the Bible? Jesus who is God took the first chapter as literal is he deceived or a liar? Evolution philosophies that death brought about man, the Bible teaches that the original sin brought death into the world both cannot be right. Evolution is atheistic you cannot mix atheism with Christianity
Agree or disagree, you'll learn from this book  Jun 14, 2004
First, I'd like to encourage everyone who might be persuaded by the arguments of the disparaging reviewers to read the book, as Moreland answers arguments like the ones they raise quite well. I'd also encourage everyone to read and be fair even to arguments they find personally threatening to their worldview. The reaction of some people to questioning the authority of science are identical to the reaction of some people to the questioning of the authority of religion. And this is not a coincidence, we all react poorly when what we worship is questioned.

Finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I was very impressed. This book is an introduction to the philsophy of science but it's written as a refutation of scientism (the belief that only scientific knowledge is real knoweldge) and an apologia for creation science. However, Moreland's bias should not be taken as indicative of the depth of his treatment of his subject. He gives what seemed to my virgin ears to be a very substantial treatment of the demarcation problem, to the issue of scientific realism, and to the various alternatives to scientific realism. Despite what some might think, Moreland himself actually comes down on the side of "eclectic" scientific realism, which is the belief that some of the theories of science should be interpreted realisitcally (heliocentrism, for example) and other perhaps should not (wave/particle duality, string theory, etc.)

Moreland basically makes the case that scientism is self-defeating, that there is further no hard and fast definition of precisely what constitutes science, that scientific realism is problematic, that it is possible to account for the success of science without advocating realism, that it's an open question as to whether or not science "progresses" or whether scientific theories are replaced wholesale, that scientific theories are succesful to the extent that they embody certain epistemic values in the scientific community, that these values change over time, and that creation science, while currently viewed unfavorably in light of current epistemic values (like the exclusion of supernatural final causes) may yet be science, and may even by it's success change what the epistemic values in science in our age.

Moreland also gives a brief attempt in a final chapter at debunking some claims made against creationism. He tackles the ideas that creation science makes no predictions, creation relies on problems with evolutionary theory instead of solving problems on it's own, creationism uses religious concepts like "God" and therefore cannot be scientific, and several others. He argues that all of these objections to creation science fail, and that creation science can be appropriately considered science.

The book is out of print, so it's hard to get. It's a little involved for your average reader without some previous background in philosophy. Nevertheless, I will reccomend it to any Christian friends looking for a friendly introduction into this area and who may be scared of by books written by non-Christians. I'd also reccomend it to non-Christians for a philosophically sophisticated argument against scientism and for recognizing creationsim as a legitimate candidate for the status of science.

Excellent Introduction to the Issues in the Phil. of Science  Feb 16, 2002
J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola Univsersity, does a great service to the Christian (and non-Christian) scholarly community in laying out the foundational issues in the philosophy of science and how they relate to Christian theology.

The work covers the definition, methodology, scope, and presuppositions of scientific investigation as well as a thorough examination of the "realism"/"anti-realism" debate within the philosophy of science. Lastly, Moreland gives a thorough treatment of "The Status of Scientific Creationism."

This book is intellectually rigorous. It is serves as a thorough introduction that is particularly encouraging to the Christian academic community. If you are either a student or a professor, you will come away much more educated.

The book also contains an excellent bibliography for those who are interested in further study.

Moreland is a bona-fide Christian scholar--not someone who is carelessly defending creationism. Rather, he writes from the perspective of a thoughtful philosopher.

A good introduction to creationist doublespeak.  Feb 15, 2000
This book misrepresents empirical science in order to defend creationist ideology.
A philosopher builds his house upon the sand.  Feb 5, 2000
Fundamentalist evangelical protestant Christians are likely to enjoy reading this book. Readers who wish to understand empirical science and its limits are much less likely to find it helpful.

It is the work of a philosopher who builds his logical castle down from the sky, then tries to use it as a fulcrum to move the earth. This approach is not useful as a critique of the philosophy of science.

The knowledge that is obtained through empirical scientific research is firmer, humbler in nature, and more like a rock than that which stands upon the interpretation of sacred texts, whether those sacred texts be from Torah, Isaiah, Daniel, gospel, epistle, revelation, classical Greek philosopher, stoic Roman emperor or Manichaean convert.

Philosophy is a very useful study. But one must always be open and clear about the underpinnings of one's philosophy, and there are much better approaches than Moreland's available for understanding the successful philosophy of science. These include the works of Thomas Kuhn, Karl Popper, Ernst Meyr, Fred Wilson, and most especially Richard Feynman.

Good introduction to the philosophy of religion and science  Jan 25, 2000
Of course everyone has biases, and some foolishly think that philosophy is useless. Some think that only that which can be physically reproduced in a laboratory situation is that which is valid; in which case, all thought is irrelevant. Some people involve themselves in happy contradictions.

Moreland is outstanding in the area of pointing out difficulties with resolutions in the area of thought and rationality. This is a very interesting and educational read for those who think they can "pos[e] a hypothesis that can be physically tested" as the foundation of truth and thought.

Dr. Moreland does not wave his education in the face of the reader. He doesn't make you feel "less" because you don't have a degree. I've never taken a class by him, but he is a great instructor, even if you disagree with some of his points.

All in all this is a worthwhile book to contemplate.


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