October 1997
volume 9 (2)

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Guest Editorial: On Book Reviews

Colin A. Russell
Pages: 98-100


Christians and the Environment: Our Opportunities and Responsibilities

John Houghton
Pages: 101-111


The following is the text of the Drawbridge Lecture given on 1st October 1996 in St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London, for the Christian Evidence Society.


Darwin’s Doubts About Design—the Darwin-Gray Correspondence of 1860

Michael B. Roberts
Pages: 113-127


Darwin is credited with overturning Paley’s ideas of design. However, Darwin’s prob!ems with design are more complex, and are often misunderstood by neither grasping Paley’s ideas of design, nor those of his successors, who were beginning to replace arguments leading from design to God by arguments to design from God. Darwin’s doubts about design arose from three main sources: first, he used the argument from design, in contrast to Gray’s argument to design; second, the issue of chance and determinism; and, third, his doubts that a ‘Beneficent God’ could design a world with so much pain. The correspondence between Darwin and Gray and Gray’s articles on Darwin show how Gray sought to be Darwin’s retriever. Hodge’s challenge in What is Darwinism? was centred on chance, and as natural selection depended on chance Darwinism had to be atheistic, even if Darwin himself was not. In conclusion Darwin’s doubts about design stemmed directly from his doubts about God, and especially suffering.


Quantum Indeterminacy and the Omniscience of God

John J. Davis
Pages: 129-144


Does God know the precise moment that an individual radium atom will decay? This article examines the `limited omniscience’ proposal of Arthur Peacocke, who argues that God has voluntarily limited his knowledge of events in the quantum world, to make genuine contingency possible. The author presents as an alternative to the Peacocke proposal a revisionist version of classical Christian theism, in which the divine knowledge is unlimited, but which recognizes genuine contingency in nature.


Response to Davis

Arthur Peacocke
Pages: 145-147




Chris Clarke
Pages: 155-155



R. J. Berry
Pages: 156-158


Book reviews

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The Flamingo’s Smile

Stephen Jay Gould (R.S. Luhman)
Pages: 159-160

Atoms and Icons: A Discussion of the Relationships Between Science and Theology

Michael Fuller (David Atkinson)
Pages: 160-161

Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing

Rosemary Radford Ruether (Lawrence Osborn)
Pages: 161-162

The Fire in the Equations

Kitty Ferguson(D. A. Wilkinson)
Pages: 162-163

Prisons of Light—Black Holes

Kitty Ferguson (Robert Boyd)
Pages: 163-164

`Bioethics for the People by the People’

Darryl R. J. Macer and others (David Hardy)
Pages: 164-165

The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour

Michael Argyle (Michael Nazir-Ali)
Pages: 165-166

Paradigms and Barriers. How Habits of Mind Govern Scientific Beliefs

Howard Margolis (M. Alsford)
Pages: 166-167

Laws of Nature (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

John W. Carroll (Steve Bishop)
Pages: 168-168

Ecotheology July 1996, Issue 1

Mary Grey (editor) (Steve Bishop)
Pages: 168-169

Evolving the Mind

A. G. Cairns-Smith (Diana Briggs)
Pages: 169-170

Reluctant Heroine. The life and work of Hélène Duhem

Stanley L. Jaki (R. N. D. Martin)
Pages: 170-171

Galileo, Courtier: The Practice of Science in the Culture of Absolutism

Mario Biagioli (Revd Nicholas Moir)
Pages: 171-172

Edward Frankland: Chemistry, Controversy and Conspiracy in Victorian England

Colin Russell (John Nicholson)
Pages: 172-174

Religion, Science and Naturalism

Willem B. Drees (Denis Alexander)
Pages: 174-176

The Memory of Water

Michel Schiff (Revd. Dr. Ernest C. Lucas)
Pages: 176-177

Science and Wonders: conversations about science and belief

Russell Stannard (William K Kay)
Pages: 178-179

The Large, the Small and the Human Mind

Roger Penrose (John Polkinghorne)
Pages: 179-180

From a Biological Point of View: Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy

Elliott Sober (Arthur Jones)
Pages: 180-181

The Lives to Come. The genetic revolution and human possibilities

Philip Kitcher (Caroline Berry)
Pages: 181-182

The Troubled Helix: Social and Psychological Implications of the New Human Genetics.

Theresa Marteau & Martin Richards (editors) (John A Bryant)
Pages: 182-184

What is Intelligence?

J. Khalfa (editor) (P. C. Knox)
Pages: 184-185

Impossible Minds. My neurons, my consciousness

Igor Aleksander (D. A. Booth)
Pages: 185-187

The Radiance of Being. Complexity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness

Allan Coombs (A. P. Stone)
Pages: 187-187

God and the Mind Machine

John Puddefoot (Rosamund Bourke)
Pages: 187-188

The Psychology of Religion: Classic and contemporary

David M. Wulff (Tim Marks)
Pages: 188-189

Gaia in Action: Science of the Living Earth.

Peter Bunyard (editor) (Celia Deane-Drummond)
Pages: 189-190

Darwin’s Black Box

Michael J. Behe (Michael Roberts)
Pages: 191-192