April 2021
volume 33 (1)

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Theological Implications of Simon Conway Morris’s Portrayal of Convergent Biological Evolution

Andrew Jackson
Pages: 2-19


Simon Conway Morris’s publications on convergent biological evolution often contain provocative theo-philosophical commentary that may be construed in different ways. First, it may be interpreted as an attempt at a natural theology apologetic using an ‘argument from design’. Alternatively, it may be viewed through the lens of a ‘theology of nature’ whereby convergent evolution is a special case of divine exemplarity in which nature is said to reflect divine excellencies. Both of these approaches are problematic. A third option is that the theological significance of convergent evolution lies not in its apologetic or dogmatic import, but in its emotional impact or ‘affective salience’, derived from the sacramental power of creation.



A response to Andrew Jackson

Simon Conway Morris
Pages: 20-24


Response to Simon Conway Morris

Andrew Jackson
Pages: 25-29


A response to John Jefferson Davis’s article ‘The Spirit and the Glory’s Banishment from the Material World’

Peter Mott
Pages: 30-31


Book reviews

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A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Short Guideto Einstein, Relativity and the Future of Faith

Alister McGrath, (Jonathan Lyonhart)
Pages: 32-33

The Territories of Human Reason: Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities to Einstein, Relativity and the Future of Faith

Alister E. McGrath, (Tim Henstock)
Pages: 33-34

Neurology and Religion Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities to Einstein, Relativity and the Future of Faith

Alasdair Coles and Joanna Collicutt, (Malcolm Jeeves)
Pages: 35-37

God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking Said and Why it Matters

David Hutchings and David Wilkinson, (Steve Bishop)
Pages: 37-37

Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think about Religion

Elaine H. Ecklund, David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin R. W. Matthews, Steven W. Lewis, Robert A. Thomson Jr., and Di Di
Pages: 38-39

Genesis, Science and the Beginning. Evaluating Interpretations of Genesis One on the Age of the Earth

Benjamin D. Smith Jr., (Peter J. M. van der Burgt)
Pages: 40-41

Why Free Will Is Real

Christian List, (Rob Heather)
Pages: 41-43

Science, Religions and the Protestant Tradition: Retracing the Origins of Conflict

James C. Ungureanu, (Nick Spencer)
Pages: 43-45

Time to Act: A Resource Book by the Christians in Extinction Rebellion

Jeremy Williams, (Matt Patterson)
Pages: 45-46

Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters

Sandra L. Richter, (Abigail Patterson)
Pages: 46-48

Caves, Coprolites and Catastrophes : The Story of Pioneering Geologist and Fossil-Hunter William Buckland

Allan Chapman, (Robert (Bob) White)
Pages: 48-49

Genesis 1 - 11

Rebecca S. Watson, (Ivan Haigh)
Pages: 49-51

Sarah’s Laughter – Doubt, Tears, and Christian Hope

Vinoth Ramachandra, (Denis Alexander)
Pages: 51-52

Science and Religion in Education:(Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education)

Berry Billingsley, Keith Chappell and Michael Reiss (eds.), (Stephen Thompson)
Pages: 52-54

Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Theory

Gijsbert van den Brink, (Nathan R. James)
Pages: 54-56