Item description for Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence by Martinez Hewlett & Ted Peters...
Overview Today's seminary students often come to their graduate work with little or no knowledge of science or theology; yet they most certainly have opinions about evolution, as will their future congregants. How can such students plunge into the whirlpool of controversy that surrounds the heated debates between science and theology? How can they negotiate the often ideological waters of Darwinism, NeoDarwinism, Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Youth Earth Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Theistic Evolution? Here the authors answer these questions, offer a bridge for understanding the inner coherence and passion of each stream of thought, and lead to a constructive proposal: evolution in natural history is part of God's method for carrying the creation from its origin to its consummation in the eschatological new creation.
Publishers Description With theological and scientific expertise, Peters and Hewlett provide a careful and balanced analysis of the wide spectrum of debate between religious faith and biological evolution. Sensitive to the nuances of current, often contentious, argument, the authors clearly distinguish the major players and offer their own constructive theological vision.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2003
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687023742 ISBN13 9780687023745
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More About Martinez Hewlett & Ted Peters
Martinez J. Hewlett is Professor Emeritus at University of Arizona & Adjunct Professor at Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California.
Martinez Hewlett currently resides in Tucson, in the state of Arizona.
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Very in depth... Mar 27, 2008
Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett have written an absolutely remarkable book. I was recommended this book by a friend who's working on his PhD at Princeton in Theology and Science and he was right - this was an excellent read.
I spent most of my life as a staunch (and horribly uninformed) critic of any sort of acceptance of evolution: I really did see it as an enemy to the church, and went to great lengths to make this clear. I remember in third grade we'd watch videos in class that would talk about evolution, and I'd write papers that I'd always entitle "Truth" about how actually, God created everything and that evolution was just plain wrong. Fortunately my third grade teacher didn't see this as a reason to fail me. Peters' and Hewlett's book starts out by talking about the very conflict that I was having in the classroom setting, and how this has really become a delicate all-out war (see chapter one).
Towards the latter part of my seminary education I started to realize that my brick-like thoughts (as in unmovable) might not be the most helpful thing: but didn't seriously look at the issues until just a couple months ago when I started communicating with some of my seminary friends who I knew held evolutionary beliefs.
This book is ideal for someone like myself who's never really read a survey of a large variety of view on the issue. Peters and Hewlett discuss and survey topics including Darwin, Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism Synthesis, Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology, Scientific Creationism, Intelligent Design, and finally Theistic Evolution.
Within all this they discuss the many positives and negatives that have been birthed out of the different Darwinist traditions and interpretations, from the horrors of Frances Galton's Eugenics to the beauty of theologically interpreted creative evolution (you can see my clear bent away from atheistic evolution and towards theistic evolution). It's important to note, however, that the "nice/not nice" line is in no way defined by theists/a-theists. That is to say, the book gives clear support that there have been many naturalistic thinkers (i.e., a-theistic) who have argued for high moral standards, and there have been theists who have perhaps argued for not so high of standards.
People discussed in the book include Herbert Spencer, E.O. Wilson, Thomas Aquinas, William Paley, Michael Behe, William Dembski, Phillip Johnson, Teilhard de Chardin, Philip Hefner, John Haught, Arthur Peacocke, and others.
The book closes with Peters and Hewlett describing their own system of theistic evolution, which I find to be quite convincing. I learned a lot from this book, and would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking an understanding of these issues. The book ends by saying, "In earlier editions of Origin of Speicies, Darwin opened with a quotation from Francis Bacon admonishing us to read `the book of God's word' and also `the book of God's works.' This is sound advice" (p.181).
Great overview for Creationism, ID, and Theistic Evolution Jan 12, 2008
This book gives a great walk through the issues surrounding creationism, intelligent design and theistic evolution. The authors also publish a shorter version called, "Can You Believe In God And Evolution: A Guide For The Perplexed." I read the shorter version and then decided to buy and read the longer one. The shorter book is just half as long.
A good overview of science and religion Oct 25, 2007
This is a good overview of the spectrum of debate between science and the Bible. It covers the various flavors of Darwinism, social Darwinism, scientific creationism, intelligent design and theistic evolution by two theistic evolutionists, one (Peters) a professor of systematic theology and the other (Hewlett) an emeritis professor of biology and medicine.
The authors present each view positively, then offer their critiques, clearly labeling their opinions as opinions.
Their treatment of theistic evolution is particularly good, in that it clearly labels and systematically discusses the spectrum of flavors of theistic evolution, from reluctant acceptor (B. B. Warfield) to enthusiastic supporter (Theilhard de Chardin), along with the views of six others (Kenneth Miller, Arthur Peacock, Denis Edwards, John Haught, Robert John Russell and Philip Hefner) in between. The authors conclude the book with their own "Constructive Proposal." The book includes extensive notes, a glossary, an index and a scripture index.
I highly recommend it to Christians seeking to better understand the pros and cons of each viewpoint, particularly theistic evolution. Unfortunately, there is virtually no discussion of Old Earth Creationism and Progressive Creationism, which is why I gave it only four stars.
Use(ful) with Caution Jan 10, 2005
Over the years I have accumulated a lot of material on the intersection of religion and science, but no good way to file and retrieve the stuff. I needed a typology to develop a "filing system," not only to organize the papers, but my thoughts. This work, as a survey, proved to be extremely helpful in laying out ways to view the various schools of thought, relationships, and their chief adherents into some pattern, as well as good definitions. In fact, one can play with iterative bubble-charts and arrows, and really get somewhere in sorting out this fascinating, but intricate, field.
On the other hand, I found that the authors' own convictions appear to be agenda-driven, as is so aften the case. They seem to "cherry pick" their way through the mine-field of alternative arguments in order to lay the "best" groundwork for mankind's excursion into genetic engineering--which they view as integral to Divine Redemption--whereas others plainly see the old, sad hubris of "playing God."
useful but..... Dec 23, 2004
Although this book has much useful information, and is clearly supportive of ID, as a whole I was disappointed in the section on creationism. To keep this short I will cover just one point. Peter and Hewlett imply that creationists do not see much need to produce new scientific data. First of all, this common claim is not true. Unfortunately, almost all research they do must be financed out of their own pocket, so it is limited. Secondly, they have tried to get grants but, as far as I am aware, have consistently failed whereas Darwinists get multibillions of dollars in grants each year world wide. There is as much chance of an out of the closet creationist getting a grant as a open rabbi holding a high level government post in Nazi Germany. Furthermore, since many creationists are denied doctorates many will never be in a position to do science. And those that have Ph.D.s are almost without exception denied tenure if they are out of the closet. Those in the closet stay there if they want to advance in their career. About 20 percent of all scientists are conservative creationists, but one would never know this because they wisely stay in the closet. I believe that at some point it will be time for all closet advocates of creationism, and even ID, to band together and join the relative few who have gone public. The more targets there are, the softer the collective blow. Frankly, I think it is past time. Darwinists will continue to get away with firing isolated Darwin doubters of all stripes until the numbers become too high. But few creationists will risk their career to come out of the closet now. Lastly, of the research creations do, if the implications are obvious, there is no way that it will be published, and if published the journal will retract the paper as poorly done or worse. Since the "goo to you by way of the zoo" is true, contradictory data cannot exist, therefore all research that proves otherwise must be wrong.