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Science, Faith, And Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? [Paperback]

By Denis Alexander (Author) & Robert S. White (Author)
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A Christian Approach to Controversial Topics in Science Cloning, the environment, stem cell research, cutting-edge reproductive technologies, genetic engineering . . . Splashed across television screens and newspapers and argued in classrooms and over the water cooler, these are among the most hotly-debated issues of our day. Does religion belong in the laboratory? What relationship exists between science and Christian faith? Are the two mutually exclusive? Arguing that Christianity has much to contribute to the scientific and ethical debates facing today's world, gifted scientists and committed Christians Alexander and White ask the hard questions as they examine some of the greatest scientific and ethical challenges of the age. Topics include: * the new genetics * reproductive technologies * cloning * the significance of evolution * the environment and climate change * sustainable consumption

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Cloning, the environment, stem cell research, cutting-edge reproductive technologies, genetic engineering . . . Splashed across television screens and newspapers and argued in classrooms and over the water cooler, these are among the most hotly-debated issues of our day.

Does religion belong in the laboratory? What relationship exists between science and Christian faith? Are the two mutually exclusive? Arguing that Christianity has much to contribute to the scientific and ethical debates facing today's world, gifted scientists and committed Christians Alexander and White ask the hard questions as they examine some of the greatest scientific and ethical challenges of the age.

Topics include:
- the new genetics
- reproductive technologies
- cloning
- the significance of evolution
- the environment and climate change
- sustainable consumption

An outstanding resource for concerned laypeople, Christian college science classes, and adult Sunday schools, it will help readers think deeply about the need for careful, well-reasoned faith at the frontiers of technology.

From Publishers Weekly
Molecular biologist Alexander and geophysicist White are comfortably committed to both their Christian faith and their scientific fields, so this book is not so much a work of standard Christian apologetics as a defense of both science and "robust theism," with a plea for mutual understanding on both sides. The authors argue that Christianity and the natural sciences share many intellectual perspectives, and that accounts of controversy between science and faith have been overblown. At the same time, the Cambridge University scientists resist most attempts to read deep religious significance into scientific issues. They decry "the ways in which scientific theories, particularly the `grand theories' of science, have been used for ideological purposes," instead encouraging readers to engage science on its own terms. On the ethical front, the authors address issues like human cloning, global climate change and creation/evolution controversies. There is a British flavor to some of their observations; American readers especially may question their assurance that "there is really no need for evolution to be a hot issue for Christians, or for anyone else for that matter, in the twenty-first century" even as the issue heats up in the States. Overall, the book achieves an impressive balance between thorough research and readability, and should find a ready audience among students of science. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Science, Faith, And Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? by Denis Alexander & Robert S. White has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 12/12/2005 page 63


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
Age  18
ISBN  1598560182  
ISBN13  9781598560183  


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Denis Alexander is chairman of the Molecular Immunology Program at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. He is the editor of the journal "Science and Christian Belief."

Robert S. White is a Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge University, England; Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion; and a Fellow of The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. He is co-author with Denis Alexander of "Beyond Belief: Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges."




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an excellent ballanced look at science and faith  Sep 1, 2006
This is an excellent, even-handed examination of how thoughtful Christianity and responsible science can co-exist. The authors examine the basic principles underlying most of today's "hot topics" in science and ethics (evolution, abortion, cloning, the environment, etc.) and give the reader the facts they need to come to their own understanding of what is "right." This book does not assume that all good Christians will agree on these dificult issues, but they do assume that we need to be responsible in thinking them through.
I really appreciated the way they focussed on the science behind the issues and the basic relevant biblical principles behind the debate, and then let their reader come to his/her own conclusion.
 

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