April 2016
volume 28 (1)

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Articles

Editorial

Keith Fox
Pages: 2-2

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Animal suffering, the hard problem of consciousness and a reflection on why we should treat animals well

MERIC SROKOSZ SIMON KOLSTOE
Pages: 3-19

Abstract

Considerable effort and ingenuity is expended on developing theodicies in response to the problem caused by evolution in terms of pain and suffering in creation and the fact that God is good and his creation is good. From a physiological and neurological perspective, it is clear that many creatures experience pain. However, pain is an essential part of the evolutionary process being clearly adaptive, potentially preventing a worse outcome for a creature, namely death. A more difficult question is that of suffering. It will be shown that the question of animal suffering is identical to the issue of sentience and the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness. After reviewing the evidence for animal consciousness and then suffering, we conclude with a brief reflection on why Christians should treat animals well.

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Correspondence

Presuppositionalism revisited: the necessity of a transcendent God for the intelligibility of science

Jonathan M. Hanes
Pages: 20-22

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A response to Jonathan Hanes

Andrew Pinsent
Pages: 22-23

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Book reviews

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Time in Eternity: Pannenberg, Physics, and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction

Robert John Russell (Amos Yong)
Pages: 25-26


Light from Light: Scientists and theologians in dialogue

Gerald O’Collins Mary Ann Meyers, (eds.) (Andrew Davison)
Pages: 27-29


Slaying the Dragons: Destroying Myths in the History of Science and Faith

Allan Chapman (Paul Marston)
Pages: 29-30


The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible

Robin A. Parry (Denis O. Lamoureux)
Pages: 30-32


Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres

David Albertson (Jamie Boulding)
Pages: 32-33


The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Michael Welker (ed.) (John Wyatt)
Pages: 33-35


When I Pray, What Does God Do?

David Wilkinson (Rodney Holder)
Pages: 35-36


The Physics of Theism: God, Physics, and the Philosophy of Science

Jeffrey Koperski (Paul Wraight)
Pages: 36-37


Science and Religion: 5 Questions

Gregg D. Caruso (ed.) (Patrick Richmond)
Pages: 37-38


State of Affairs: The Science-Theology Controversy

Richard J. Coleman (Steve Bishop)
Pages: 38-40


The Territories of Science and Religion

Peter Harrison (Ernest Lucas)
Pages: 40-41


Boyle Studies: Aspects of the Life and Thought of Robert Boyle (1627-91)

Michael Hunter (Allan Chapman)
Pages: 42-43


Mathematicians & Their Gods: Interactions between mathematics and religious beliefs

Snezana Lawrence Mark McCartney (eds.) (P. Douglas Kindschi)
Pages: 43-45


Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion

Ignacio Silva (ed.) (César Navarro)
Pages: 45-47


Jesuit Science and the End of Nature’s Secrets

Mark A. Waddell (Fintan Lyons)
Pages: 47-48


The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate

John Walton (Andrea L. Robinson)
Pages: 48-50