Comments on Crews' review (NY Review of Books) and an alternative view

From: Ted Davis (
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 14:32:58 EDT

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    I do not share Howard Van Till's enthusiasm for Frederick C. Crews' review
    of Ken Miller, Finding Darwin's God, and several other works. Mainly I find
    his review unwilling to take seriously the idea on which the ASA is based,
    namely that genuine biblical religion, with belief in a God who exists
    before and apart from the creation, can make sense of the world of science.
    Crews simply *assumes* that science couples well only with irreligion, and I
    reject that assumption not only as a Christian with a knowledge of science
    but also as an historian with a knowledge of Christianity and science.

    As an alternative perspective on the book Crews liked least (I would
    judge), that by Brown University biologist Ken Miller, I have attached the
    review I published in the latest HPS/ASA newsletter, forthcoming in Reports
    of the National Center for Science Education. It's a wordperfect document,
    unfortunately, so some may not be able to decipher it.

    Happy reading,

    Ted Davis

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