April 2006
volume 18 (1)

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Guest Editorial

Brian Heap
Pages: 2-4


The Boyle Lecture 2005: Darwin’s Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation

Simon Conway Morris
Pages: 5-22


Nothing in Biology makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution

R J Berry
Pages: 23-29


In his Boyle Lecture, Conway Morris provides an important counter to those who condemn Darwinian evolution as meaningless in direction and driven by random processes. In doing so, he answers the indictments of critics such as Jacques Monod and Stephen Jay Gould, and suggests an important bridge towards understanding evolution as the mechanism used by God in creation.


Rich Reality: a response to the Boyle Lecture by Simon Conway Morris

John Polkinghorne
Pages: 31-34


Navigating the Deep Structure of Biological Hyperspace: Divine Providence in an Otherwise Lonely Universe

Michael S. Northcott
Pages: 35-40


A response to the commentaries of R.J. (Sam) Berry, John Polkinghorne and Michael Northcott

Simon Conway Morris
Pages: 41-48


Design in Nature

Oliver R. Barclay
Pages: 49-61


An explicitly biblical view of design in nature is discussed according to the themes of creation and providence, divine wisdom, awe, and the role of creation in declaring the glory of God. These biblical themes are contrasted with modern design arguments that draw on contemporary science, with particular reference to ‘intelligent design’.


Reconsidering a ‘Cosmic Fall’

John J. Bimson
Pages: 63-81


The doctrine of the cosmic fall teaches that all or part of creation was directly affected by the disobedience of Adam and Eve. The idea has been part of Christian thought since the second century, and has been used to explain a whole range of things that seem difficult to reconcile with the purposes of a loving God (popularly summed up as ‘natural evil’). The doctrine is in conflict with a world-view informed by modern science, yet it remains deeply embedded in much evangelical thinking and is widely assumed to have a strong biblical basis. This paper questions the usual interpretation of relevant biblical texts, and suggests that the nature poetry of the Old Testament points in a different direction. Finally the paper looks at recent alternative responses to natural evil.


Book reviews

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Darwin’s Religious Odyssey

William E. Phipps, (D. Burbridge)
Pages: 83-84

Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust

Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny, Azizan Baharuddin (eds.), (S. Lucas)
Pages: 84-85

A Christian Response to the New Genetics: Religious, Ethical and Social Issues

D. H. Smith & C. B. Cohen (eds.), (C. Berry)
Pages: 85-86

Adam, Eve and the Genome

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite (ed.), (J. Bryant)
Pages: 86-88

The Design Revolution: answering the toughest questions about Intelligent Design

William A. Dembski, (P. Wraight)
Pages: 88-89

Life in Our Hands: A Christian Perspective on Genetics and Cloning

John Bryant and John Searle, (G. Jones)
Pages: 89-90

In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World

P. Clayton & A. Peacocke (eds.), (S. Bishop)
Pages: 91-92

God and the Nature of Time

Garrett J. DeWeese, (L. Osborn)
Pages: 92-93

The Divine Lawmaker : Lectures on Induction, Laws of Nature, and the Existence of God

John Foster, (L. Jaeger)
Pages: 93-94

Evolving Creation: God’s Books: Genetics & Genesis

Graeme Finlay, (E. Lucas)
Pages: 94-95

Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?

Henry F. Schaefer III, (J. Bausor)
Pages: 95-96

Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

W. A. Dembski and M. Ruse (eds.), (S. Bishop)
Pages: 96-98

Science and Theology since Copernicus: the search for understanding

Peter Barrett, (A. Halestrap)
Pages: 98-99

Beyond Belief: Science, faith and ethical challenges

D. Alexander and R. S. White, (A. Halestrap)
Pages: 98-99

Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith

David G. Myers and Malcolm A. Jeeves, (A. Morinan)
Pages: 99-101

Science and the Study of God: A Mutuality Model for Theology and Science

Alan G. Padgett, (L. Osborn
Pages: 101-102

Theology of Physics

George Richter, (P. Wraight)
Pages: 102-103

Creation out of Nothing: a Biblical, Philosophical and Scientific Exploration

Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, (S. Bishop)
Pages: 103-104

The Earth Story in the New Testament

N. C. Habel and V. Balabanski (eds.), (R. Elsdon)
Pages: 104-106

Sketches towards a theology of Science

W. Poon (ed), (B. McInnes)
Pages: 107-107

The Science of God

Alister E. McGrath, (A. Ison)
Pages: 108-109

Agents under Fire: materialism and the rationality of science

Angus Menuge, (D. Watts)
Pages: 109-110

God, the Multiverse, and Everything

Rodney D. Holder, (M. McCartney)
Pages: 111-112