October 1994
volume 6 (2)

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Denis Alexander
Pages: 82-82


Eighteenth Century Evangelical Responses to Science: John Wesley’s Enduring Legacy

John W. Haas, Jr.
Pages: 83-100


John Wesley (1703-1791) maintained a lifelong interest in the natural sciences. This was reflected in his reading, interaction with scientists and incorporation of scientific material In his sermons and other writings. He particularly valued the use of science in medicine and in the education of his lay preachers. Wesley’s emphasis on the themes of mankind’s probation and redemption was accompanied by an attempt to describe the physical and biological state of the world as salvation history was being played out. Although criticized for his suspicion of theoretical systems and emphasis on the limits of natural knowledge, he was willing to accept new scientific ideas except where they threatened Christian faith. Succeeding generations would apply his scientific interests to serve diverse agendas.


Cosmology and Christology

George L. Murphy
Pages: 101-110


We consider here some possible implications of modern scientific cosmology for theological understanding of Christ and his work. In order to do this, We must make the initial decision to view big bang cosmologies within the context of a Christian understanding of God’s relationship with the world. Scientific studies of the very early universe and attempts to explain the origin of space-time and matter, together with reflection on the character of modem physics, suggest a need to focus on the origin of the world’s pattern as an important element of an adequate doctrine of creation. The idea of a preexistent logos, which has encountered some opposition in modem theology, provides one way to express such Ideas. At the same time, the controversial anthropic principles of modern cosmology suggest that the development of human life plays a central role in the universe, and motivate attempts to understand the doctrine of the Incarnation as a theanthropic principle. Significant ideas of modern cosmology are thus correlated with belief in the divine-human Christ through whom and for whom the universe is created.


The Christian Approach in Teaching Science

Reijer Hooykaas
Pages: 113-128


This article was first published by The Tyndale Press in January, 1960. In it Prof. Hooykaas argues that there is a correct Christian secularisation of science which avoids the attempt to extract theology from science or, conversely, the mistaken use of theology to support scientific theories, even though the history of science provides abundant examples illustrating the difficulty of achieving such an aim in practice. At the same time the teaching of science should not degenerate into scientism, the idea that scientific descriptions provide the only valid type of knowledge. Instead teachers of science should remember the liberating influence of Biblical doctrine in stimulating the emergence of modern science and technology and allow this same Biblical perspective to permeate their life and their work.


Obituary: Professor Reijer Hooykaas

Oliver R. Barclay
Pages: 129-132


Book reviews

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The Knight’s Move. The Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science

J. E. Loader and W. J. Neidhardt (Mike Alsford)
Pages: 133-134

Replenish the Earth: A History of Organized Religion’s Treatment of Animals and Nature–Including the Bible’s Message of Conservation and Kindness to Animals

Lewis G. Regenstein (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 134-135

The Unnatural Nature of Science

Lewis Wolpert (Oliver Barclay)
Pages: 135-136

The Character of Physical Law

Richard P. Feynman (John Polkinghorne)
Pages: 136-136

Our Genetic Future: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Technology

British Medical Association (BMA) (R. B. Heap)
Pages: 136-137

Steps towards Life–A Perspective on Evolution

Manfred Eigen with Ruthild Winkler-Oswatisch (Translated by Paul Woolley) (David M. Taylor)
Pages: 137-139

The Triumph of the Embryo

Lewis Wolpert (Caroline Berry)
Pages: 139-140

The New Scientist Guide to Chaos

Nina Hall (Editor) (John Houghton)
Pages: 140-140

The Diversity of Life

E. O. Wilton (Paul C. Knox)
Pages: 140-142

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science

Michael White and John Gribbin ((Sir) Robert Boyd)
Pages: 142-143

Ethics in an Age of Technology: The Gifford Lectures 1989-1991

Ian Barbour (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 143-144

The Facts of Life

Richard Milton (Reg Luhman)
Pages: 144-145

More Things in Heaven and Earth: God and the Scientists

A. van den Beukel (Peter Landsberg)
Pages: 145-145

The New Scientist Inside Science

Richard Fifield (ed.) (John Bausor)
Pages: 145-147

Biblical Faith and Natural Theology (The Gifford Lectures for 1991)

James Barr (Steve Bishop)
Pages: 147-148

Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming–Natural, Divine and Human

Arthur R. Peacocke (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 148-150

Pie in the Sky, Counting, thinking and being

John D. Barrow (Robert Boyd)
Pages: 150-151

Dreams of a Final Theory

Steven Weinberg (Peter Landsberg)
Pages: 151-152

‘Human Minds’: an Exploration

Margaret Donaldson (P.C. Knox)
Pages: 152-154

Christianity, Wilderness and Wildlife: the original desert solitaire

Susan Power Bratton (David Williams)
Pages: 154-155

Darwin on Trial

Phillip E. Johnson (Oliver Barclay)
Pages: 155-155

The Gospel and Contemporary Culture

Hugh Montefiore (ed.) (Tony Lane)
Pages: 155-156