Obituary: Professor G. C. Steward
C. A. Russell
Is there a Preferred Philosophy of Science for Christians?
After some remarks about the relationship between Christian faith and theoretical and experimental enquiry, particularly scientific enquiry, the author provides a sketch of some different approaches to the philosophy of science. The inevitable connection between the theory of science and scientific success is stressed. But there is a basic difference of approach between those who emphasise the formal conditions of explanation in natural science and those who claim that any explanation must, first and foremost, convey an increased understanding of the phenomena. The article concludes by stressing that, while the Christian has considerable liberty in his approach to the philosophy of science, it would be inconsistent with the Christian faith to adopt any philosophy which denied that there were objective truths of nature.
Whaling–a Christian Position
Whaling has a long history of depleting successive stocks and the whale has become the symbol of our mishandling of environmental matters in general. The biblical foundation for man’s dominion of nature should be the source of a sound conservation ethic. It implies responsible stewardship, including the taking of no more than sustainable harvests. In the case of the whales this has not happened, through ignorance and greed. The problem of humane killing of animals is highlighted. The question of whether or not whales are ‘intelligent’ is left open; but they are not made in the image of God as is man, and are not his equal. Certain Arctic communities are dependent on whales for their subsistance, with no reasonable alternatives available, while some other coastal villagers have a long whaling tradition, so that its prohibition causes them hardship. We need to be responsive to these human needs.
Genetic Engineering in 1990
This paper seeks to review ‘the state of the art’ in genetic technology and look at key issues of ethics arising from their use on nonhuman life. A Christian approach to these issues is able to deal satisfactorily with them, involving Biblical principles of high respect for life and stewardship.
John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler: The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
Robert K. Clifton
Barrow and Tipler’s treatment of the anthropic principle is briefly discussed, and a critique is given of their claim that the ‘strong’ anthropic principle is verifiable without appealing to theological presuppositions.
A theological perspective on Barrow and Tipler’s: The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
Lawrence H. Osborn
The role of teleology in general and the various forms of the anthropic principle in particular are lucidly summarised in this important book. This review article focuses its attention upon the philosophical and theological implications of Barrow and Tipler’s work. It is argued that, in their hands, the anthropic principle becomes a vehicle for the defence of post-Enlightenment liberalism. The possibility of a natural theology based upon the anthropic principle is noted and several doubts about the wisdom of such an approach are raised.
Divine sovereignty, personal freedom and indeterminacy: A response to Dr. Polkinghorne
God and the New Biology’–an elucidation: A response to Alister E. McGrath
The World within the World
John D. Barrow (Robert Boyd)
Science and Providence–God’s Interaction with the World
John Polkinghorne (Douglas C. Spanner)
A Brief History of Time
Stephen W. Hawking (M. W. Poole)
Does God Play Dice?
John Houghton (David Ingram)
Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos
Ian Stewart (David A. Wilkinson)
Towards a Story of the Earth: Essays in the Theology of Creation
Dennis Carroll (Ron Elsdon)
Memoir of a Thinking Radish
Peter Medawar (M. B. Roberts)
Andrew Scott (A. B. Robins)
The Design of Life
Renato Dulbecco (A. B. Robins)
Biology through the eyes of Faith
Richard T. Wright (Oliver Barclay)
The Riddles of Jesus & Answers of Science
Osborn Segerberg Jr (Edward Rogers)
Taking Darwin Seriously: A Naturalistic Approach to Philosophy
Michael Ruse (Gordon E. Barnes)
Science and Hermeneutics–Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation
Vern Poythress (Melvin Tinker)
Pietro Redondi (C. A. Russell)
Chaos: Making a New Science
James Gleick (John Houghton)