October 2020
volume 32 (2)

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Editorial - Following the Science

Keith Fox
Pages: 109-110


Death through Adam: Two Different Senses in Two Different Pauline Letters

William Horst
Pages: 111-127


Paul attributes death to Adam in Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:2122. Classically, these passages have been understood to indicate that humans became mortal because of the transgression of Adam and Eve, but evolutionary science problematises the notion that mortality ‘entered the world’ through Adam (Rom. 5:12). However, this difficulty is deprecated if one is attentive to differences in how the Adamic material functions within each of these letters. In 1 Corinthians, it is clear that death through Adam involves human mortality, but it is not clear that mortality is an intruder into creation. Rather, Paul appears to portray human mortality as natural. In Romans, it is clear that death is an intruder that entered creation through Adam, but it is not clear that ‘death’ refers to human mortality, and the text furnishes good reason to think that ‘death’ is instead a moral metaphor that describes slavery to sin (cf. esp. Rom. 6:6, 12-22; 8:2). In each of these letters, the proposed interpretation of death through Adam coheres with broader themes in how Paul addresses the circumstances of his audience.


The Spirit and the Glory's Banishment from the Material World: Reimagining Divine Immanence in the Light of Later Modern Science

John Jefferson Davis
Pages: 128-143


This article first recounts the mechanisation of the world picture in early modern science and the elimination of secondary qualities in material objects that made it more difficult for Christian faith to imagine the presence of the Holy Spirit – and the glory and beauty of God – in the material world. It is then argued that developments in later modern science such as electromagnetic field theory can provide conceptual analogies for retrieving a vision of the real presence of the Spirit in nature, without falling into pantheism.


The 'Marks of God's Wisdom' in Comenius's Panorthosia: A Biblical Commonplace at the Foundations of Modern Science

Christopher Barina Kaiser
Pages: 144-160


Comenius was one of the early founders of modern scientific enterprise in that he, like Francis Bacon and Samuel Hartlib, facilitated the kinds of networks that are characteristic of modern science, particularly in Great Britain. His projects for pansophic science and public education inspired a generation of aspiring scientists to pursue various projects in a time when public support for science was minimal. Little known is the fact that Comenius’s confidence in the possibility of scientific endeavour was based on a long-standing theological tradition that combined Platonic philosophy with Old Testament wisdom (centred in a verse from the Wisdom of Solomon). I shall briefly survey the history of that tradition and show how it inspired a generation of early modern scientists and how it continues to inform the scientific enterprise even today.

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Obituary - Sir John Houghton FRS

Robert White
Pages: 188-192



Welcoming the Mechanoids: A response to 'The Robot's Redemption'

Gavin Merrifield
Pages: 161-166


A Response to 'Welcoming the Mechanoids': Theological Anthropocentrism and the Freedom to Love

Alan McGill
Pages: 167-172


Comment on article by John Mitchell

Peter J Bussey
Pages: 173-174


Book reviews

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Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion

Andrew Steane (Joshua Fountain)
Pages: 193-194

Science and Christian Ethics

Paul Scherz (John Bryant)
Pages: 194-196

Religion Explained?: The Cognitive Science of Religion after Twenty-five Years

Luther H. Martin & Donald Wiebe (Joanna Collicutt)
Pages: 196-198

Studying the Image: Critical Issues in Anthropology for Christians

Eloise Meneses (Daniel Lee Hill)
Pages: 198-199

Faith , Hope, and Love in the Technological Society

Franz A. Foltz, Frederick A. Foltz (Todd Kantchev)
Pages: 200-201

Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences

Zoë Lehmann Imfeld and Andreas Losch (eds.) (Robert Bishop)
Pages: 201-203

On Animals vol. 2 Theological Ethics - 2019

David L. Clough (Meric Srokosz)
Pages: 203-205

Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

J. P. Moreland, Wayne Grudem, Christopher Shaw, Stephen C. Meyer (eds.) (Keith Fox)
Pages: 205-207

Rethinking History, Science and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity

Bernard Lightman (ed.) (Nick Spencer)
Pages: 207-209

Divine Action and the Human Mind

Sarah Lane Ritchie (Roger Trigg)
Pages: 209-210

Cosmology in Theological Perspective - Understanding our Place in the Universe

Olli-Pekka Vainio (Paul Wraight)
Pages: 210-211

Astrobiology and Humanism: Conversations on Science, Philosophy, and Theology

Julian Chela-Flores (Ted Peters)
Pages: 212-213

Outgrowing God - A Beginner's Guide

Richard Dawkins (John Hastings)
Pages: 213-215

Outgrowing Dawkins - God for Grown-Ups

Rupert Shortt (John Hastings)
Pages: 215-216

Biotechnology, Human Nature, and Christian Ethics

Gerald McKenny (Alexander Massmann)
Pages: 216-218