October 1990
volume 2 (2)

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The Environment Issue in 1554AD

John Calvin
Pages: 82-82


A Scientist’s View of Religion

John C. Polkinghorne
Pages: 83-94


This article is based on the Priestley Lecture given to the Royal Society of Chemistry in September 1989. The triennial Priestley Conferences, sponsored by BOC Ltd. and organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry, include one Priestley Lecture, which is concerned with some theme associated with Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) himself. This lecture was first published in the Conference Proceedings, entitled Separation of Gases (RSC, 1990) and we are grateful for permission to reproduce it here for the benefit of a wider readership. (Summary.) The interaction between scientific and religious views of the world is considered in relation to seven issues: (1) the intelligibility of the physical world; (2) the anthropic principle; (3) the interplay of chance and necessity; (4) the openness of physical process; (5) the ultimate futility of the universe; (6) the idea of resurrection; (7) the problem of miracle.


The Revival of Natural Theology in Contemporary Cosmology

David A. Wilkinson
Pages: 95-115


The recent use of cosmology to make theological claims is critically reviewed, with special reference to the work of Hawking, Davies, Hoyle, Polkinghorne, Houghton and Van Till. Their scientific arguments are presented and four basic approaches to the relationship of science and theology are identified. The reason for this recent revival of natural theology is analysed with its limitations and dangers.


Evolution, Eschatology, and the Privatization of Providence

David N. Livingstone
Pages: 117-130


The relationship between evangelical Christianity and evolutionary theory has been conceptualized in a number of ways. By reviewing several major historiographical models the real complexity of evangelical encounters with evolution is revealed. This paper argues that ideas about providence and eschatology had important influences on the attitude to evolution adopted by evangelical Christians.


The Exploitation of Forests

Peter D. Moore
Pages: 131-140


The disharmony between mankind and the natural world is nowhere better illustrated than in the study of forest ecosystems. Since prehistoric times the removal of forest cover in temperate areas has led to retrogressive processes in vegetation and this form of destruction is now accelerating in the tropics, possibly creating global problems. The stewardship demanded of us in Genesis requires that we seek alternative ways of deriving sustenance from the forests that permit sustainable harvesting.


Response to Article: Use and Abuse of Tropical Forests

Julian Evans
Pages: 141-144


Book reviews

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Theology and Science at the Frontiers of Knowledge

T. F. Torrance (Ed.) (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Reality and Scientific Theology

T. F. Torrance (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Circles of God: Theology and Science from the Greeks to Copernicus

H. P. Nebelsick (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Science and Theology in Einstein’s Perspective

lain Paul (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Tradition and Authority in Science and Theology

Alexander Thomson (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Einstein and Christ: A New Approach to the Defence of the Christian Religion

R. G. Mitchell (Arie Leegwater)
Pages: 145-151

Economics Today–A Christian Critique

Donald Hay (Colin Hill)
Pages: 151-153

The Universe Next Door:

James W. Sire (David Lyon)
Pages: 153-154

Communicating the Gospel in a Scientific Age

Hugh Montefiore (David. A. Wilkinson)
Pages: 154-156