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Editorial - Electronic Publication

Keith Fox
Pages: 93-93

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Rheticus, Realism and Scripture. An Analytical Assessment

Daniel Blanco
Pages: 94-112

Abstract

Rheticus was the only formal and personal disciple of Copernicus. In his recently rediscovered tract on science and religion, he claims that certain non-literal interpretations of some biblical texts that deal with the natural world are preferable, considering that their writers used popular knowledge when speaking about that realm. In this contribution, I specify the main tenets of Rheticus’ insights, together with a discussion on his position towards realism. Furthermore, I explicate how his accommodative approach, nursed by realism (might) affect the exegetical task. This helps to explain an important contradiction with his own rules on the part of Rheticus.

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Richard Owen: Anti-Evolutionist or Champion of Theistic Evolution?

Philip J. Senter
Pages: 113-129

Abstract

According to several recent sources, the nineteenth-century paleontologist Sir Richard Owen was an anti-evolutionist. However a careful reading of Owen’s writings shows that he accepted the concept of biological evolution. More specifically, he advocated for theistic evolution: the view that biological evolution is part of God’s plan and is a means by which God creates. Owen not only accepted biological evolution but identified certain fossil groups as ancestral to certain others and identified certain fossil species as evolutionary intermediates between precursor and successor taxa. He insisted that God had directed the course of evolution to produce organisms that would benefit humankind. He asserted that the opening chapters of Genesis are not meant to be taken literally and supported that assertion with data derived from scientific studies. The idea that Owen was opposed to the concept of biological evolution appears to be based on misunderstandings of his writings, including his use of the word “archetype.”

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Lessons from the Proton for Trinitarian Theology?

John Jefferson Davis
Pages: 130-141

Abstract

This article proposes a new analogy from modern physics for the Trinitarian relationships: one proton composed of three quarks. It is argued that a mereological hypothesis of the “Non-Attribution of Distinctive Properties” (NADP) can be derived from this comparison: Distinctive properties of the parts of a whole, that are essential to the identities of those parts, are not properties that are essential to the identity of the larger, inclusive whole. By way of introduction, biblical and theological justifications are offered for the use of such analogies from the natural world for the Trinity, and historical and scientific background relating to the modern physics of the proton are discussed. The principle proposed above (NADP) will then be explained and illustrated. It will be argued that the one proton/ three quarks comparison and the NADP principle sheds additional light on the “one and threeness” problem of the Trinity, and on the relationship of the identity of the One God of Jewish monotheism to the identities of the three persons of Christian trinitarianism, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Book reviews

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Divine Action and Emergence – An Alternative to Panentheism

Mariusz Tabaczek, (Ignacio Silva)
Pages: 142-143


The Integration of Psychology and Christianity: A Domain-Based Approach

William L. Hathaway and Mark A. Yarhouse (Angharad Gray)
Pages: 143-145


A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues, 2nd Edition

Martin J. Hodson and Margot R. Hodson (Robert Sluka)
Pages: 145-146


Love, Technology and Theology

Scott A. Midson (Ed.), (Todd Kantchev)
Pages: 147-148


Transhumanism and the Image of God: Today’s Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship

Jacob Shatzer, (Pu Ji)
Pages: 148-149


Identity in a Secular Age: Science, Religion and Public Perceptions

Fern Elsdon-Baker and Bernard Lightman (Eds.), (Nick Spencer)
Pages: 150-151


Jonathan Edwards on Genesis: Hermeneutics, Homiletics and Theology

Brian Borgman, (Ernest Lucas)
Pages: 151-152


Why science and faith belong together: stories of mutual enrichment

Malcolm A. Jeeves, (Patrick Richmond)
Pages: 153-154


Exotheology: Theological Explorations of Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life

Joel L. Parkyn, (Lucas J. Mix)
Pages: 154-156


Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality

James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky, (Carl Thomas)
Pages: 156-158


Varieties of Atheism in Science

Elaine Howard Ecklund and David R. Johnson, (Mike Brownnutt)
Pages: 158-159


John Stott on Creation Care

R.J. (Sam) Berry and Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, (Hugh Reynolds)
Pages: 160-161


In God’s Image: An Anthropology of the Spirit

Michael Welker, (Daniel Lee Hill)
Pages: 161-162


Could God Fail? The Fate of the Universe and the Faith of Christians

Ned Wisnefske, (Wilson Poon)
Pages: 162-164


Secular Discourse on Sin in the Anthropocene

Ernest M. Conradie, (Meric Srokosz)
Pages: 164-166


The Material Image: Reconciling Modern Science and Christian Faith

Donald Wacome, (David C. Lahti)
Pages: 166-169