October 1991
volume 3 (2)

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Oliver R. Barclay
Pages: 2-2


The Miraculous

Paul Helm
Pages: 83-95


The sceptical attitude to miracles expressed by David Hume, and followed by many others, is examined from several different standpoints. Hume’s argument against attempts to prove the truth of Christianity from miracles reported in the Bible seems largely valid. However, his other criticisms of miracles are weakened by a misconception of the Christian view of the place of miracles in the faith. In common with others, Hume’s view of miracles as a violation of a law of nature reveals a misunderstanding. Finally his views on testimony and experience are examined.


How Not to Think About Miracles

Stuart Judge
Pages: 97-102


A critique is made of C.S. Lewis’ book Miracles. It is argued that Lewis’ definition of miracle in terms of Invasion of Nature by Supematural power is mistaken, as is his view that rational thought is itself a ‘miracle’. Lewis’ notion of what a mechanistic view of nature entails is also questioned, as is his assumption, without supporting argument, of a Platonistic point of view. While the book does have valuable insights, the weakness of the principal arguments cannot be overlooked.


Newton’s Rejection of the ‘Newtonian World View’: The Role of Divine Will in Newton’s Natural Philosophy

Edward B. Davis
Pages: 103-117


The typical picture of Isaac Newton as the paragon of Enlightenment deism, endorsing a remote divine clockmaker and the separation of science from religion, is badly mistaken. In fact Newton rejected both the clockwork metaphor and the cold mechanical universe upon which it is based. His conception of the world reflects rather a deep commitment to the constant activity of the divine willi unencumbered by the ‘rational’ restrictions that Descartes and Leibniz placed on God, the very sorts of restrictions that later appealed to the deists of the 18th century.


Evil in the Non-Human World

S. E. Alsford
Pages: 119-130


The article briefly surveys some of the traditional responses to the problem of evil, focusing on the implications for natural evil of Irenean and Augustinian approaches. It goes on to suggest that a deeper consideration of the interdependence of all creation can illuminate the problem and that there are important theological reasons for questioning the common distinction between ‘natural evil’ and ‘moral evil’, and for using the language of creation-fall-redemption as a way of exploring the connections between them.


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Physics and the World

Niels Bohr (John Polkinghorne)
Pages: 131-131

Science and Philosophy: Past and Present

Derek Gjertsen (Paul Helm)
Pages: 131-132

What Mad Pursuit

Francis Crick (A. B. Robins)
Pages: 132-133

A Brief History of Eternity: A considered response to Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’

Roy E. Peacock (David A. Wilkinson)
Pages: 133-134

Genetics, The Ethics of Engineering Life

David Suzuki and Peter Knudtson (Caroline Berry)
Pages: 135-135

The Selfish Gene, New Edition

Richard Dawkins (Darryl Macer)
Pages: 135-137

The Word of Science: The Religious and Social Thought of C. A. Coulson

David & Eileen Hawkin (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 137-138

The Big Bang, Revised and Updated Edition

Joseph Silk (Robert Boyd)
Pages: 138-139

Sidereus Nuncius, or The Sidereal Messenger

Galileo Galilei (C. A. Russell)
Pages: 139-139

Science, Order and Creativity

David Bohm and F. David Peat (Jonathan R. Topham)
Pages: 139-141

Infinite in All Directions

Freeman J. Dyson (Ernest C. Lucas)
Pages: 141-143

Schrodinger: Life and Thought

Walter Moore (John Polkinghorne)
Pages: 143-144

Grounds for Reasonable Belief

Russell Stannard (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 144-145

The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins

Richard G. Klein (Gordon Barnes)
Pages: 145-146

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Anthony O’Hear (Melvin Tinker)
Pages: 146-147

Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modem Science

Werner Heisenberg (David A. Wilkinson)
Pages: 147-148

The Mind on Fire

Blaise Pascal (Oliver R. Barclay)
Pages: 148-148

The Darwinian Paradigm: Essays on its History, Philosophy, and Religious Implications

Michael Ruse (Gordon E. Barnes)
Pages: 148-150

The Gene Shifters

John Newell (Neil Messer)
Pages: 150-152

Wisdom, Information & Wonder. What is knowledge for?

Mary Midgley (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 152-153

Darwin and the General Reader

Alvar Ellegard (Darryl Macer)
Pages: 153-154

The God Who Would be Known: Revelations of the Divine in Contemporary Science

John. M. Templeton and Robert L. Herrmann (Oliver Barclay)
Pages: 154-155

Wonderful Life–The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Stephen Jay Gould (Peter Mott)
Pages: 155-156

Multiple Exposure–Chronicles of the Radiation Age

Catherine Caufield (Andrew Fox)
Pages: 156-157

Rochester Roundabout. The Story of High Energy Physics

John Polkinghorne (Robert Boyd)
Pages: 157-157

Healing: Fiction, Fantasy or Fact?

David C. Lewis (John Wilkinson)
Pages: 157-159