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Date: Sun Sep 28 2003 - 21:47:17 EDT

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    At the risk of self promotion, I would like to announce that the book
    that I have edited entitled "Perspectives on an Evolving Creation" has
    now been released by Eerdmans Publishers!

    It was written in the hope of helping to bring the discussion of
    evolution and Christianity to a more productive level. I have
    attempted to assemble authors who could forthrightly address many of
    the core scientific and theological issues surrounding the discussion
    in a way that is accessible. I trust that the book will be a service
    to the evangelical community. Many of the issues raised on this forum
    are addressed in the book.

    Below is a brief summary of the book and the table of contents.



    Keith B. Miller, editor


    The common prevailing view of conflict between evolutionary theory and
    Christian faith is a false caricature. In reality, many evangelical
    Christian scientists and theologians have responded positively to
    evolutionary ideas since the time of Darwin. This volume brings this
    Christian reflection up to date and takes a relatively comprehensive
    look at the current science of evolutionary theory from a clearly
    articulated orthodox Christian perspective. It includes scientific
    evidence as well as informed theological discussion. Contributors
    represent a wide variety of disciplines - biology, genetics, geology,
    paleontology, astronomy, cosmology, philosophy, theology, and the
    history of science.

    The volume is divided into three sections. The first part provides the
    needed Biblical, historical and scientific context for the discussions
    that follow. The second part of the book lays out the scientific
    evidence for an evolving creation. Specialists in a variety of fields
    summarize how the current evolutionary view of cosmic, Earth and
    biological history was constructed. The last part focuses on
    philosophical and theological issues commonly raised in connection with
    evolution. Issues such as the nature of God's creative activity, the
    meaning of the miraculous, the uniqueness of humankind, the basis for
    creation care, and the origin of sin, are addressed with both
    seriousness and sensitivity. Woven throughout the volume are short
    meditations designed to direct the reader toward worshipping the God of




    Chapter 1)
    "An evolving creation: Oxymoron or fruitful insight?"
    -- Keith Miller (Kansas State Univ.)
    Worship Insert 1)
    "Worshipping the God of providence"
    -- Deborah Haarsma
    Chapter 2)
    "Comparing biblical and scientific maps of origins"
    -- Conrad Hyers (Gustavus Adolphus College)
    Chapter 3)
    "The word and the works: Concordism and American evangelicals"
    -- Ted Davis (Messiah College)
    Worship Insert 2)
    "Worshipping the God of wisdom and mystery"
    -- Ted Davis
    Chapter 4)
    "Charles Hodge and B.B. Warfield on science, the Bible, evolution,
    and Darwinism"
    -- Mark Noll (Wheaton College) and
    David Livingstone (Queens Univ. of Belfast)
    Chapter 5)
    "Does science exclude God?: Natural law, chance, miracles, and
    scientific practice"
    -- Loren Haarsma (Calvin College)


    Chapter 6)
    "An evolving cosmos"
    -- Deborah Haarsma (Calvin College) and
    Jennifer Wiseman (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
    Chapter 7)
    "Geological framework of an evolving creation"
    -- Jeff Greenberg (Wheaton College)
    Worship Insert 3)
    "Worshipping the Creator of the cosmos"
    -- Deborah Haarsma
    Chapter 8)
    "Common descent, transitional forms, and the fossil record"
    -- Keith Miller (Kansas State Univ.)
    Chapter 9)
    "The 'Cambrian explosion': A challenge to evolutionary theory?"
    -- David Campbell (University of Alabama) and
    Keith Miller (Kansas State Univ.)
    Worship Insert 4)
    "Worshipping the Creator of the history of life"
    -- Keith Miller
    Chapter 10)
    "Hominids in the garden?"
    -- James Hurd (Bethel College)
    Chapter 11)
    "Finding Adam: The genetics of human origins"
    -- David Wilcox (Eastern College)
    Worship Insert 5)
    "God's power and faithfulness: A lesson from nature"
    -- Loren Haarsma
    Chapter 12)
    "Biochemistry and evolution"
    -- Terry Gray (Colorado State)
    Chapter 13)
    "Complexity, self-organization, and design"
    -- Loren Haarsma (Calvin College) and
    Terry Gray (Colorado State)


    Chapter 14)
    "Is the universe capable of evolving?"
    -- Howard Van Till (Calvin College)
    Chapter 15)
    "Special providence and genetic mutation: A new defense of
    theistic evolution"
    -- Bob Russell (Center for Theology and Natural Sciences)
    Chapter 16)
    "Christology, evolution, and the theology of the cross"
    -- George Murphy (Trinity Lutheran Seminary)
    Worship Insert 6)
    "The peaceable kingdom"
    -- Laurie Braaten
    Chapter 17)
    "An evolving creation and environmental issues"
    -- Jeff Greenberg (Wheaton College)
    Chapter 18)
    "May the glory of the Lord endure forever!: Biblical reflections on
    creation care"
    -- Laurie Braaten (Judson College)
    Worship Insert 7)
    "Being stewards of the creator God"
    -- Jeff Greenberg
    Chapter 19)
    "Animal pain: Beyond the threshold?"
    --John Munday, Jr. (Regent Univ.)
    Chapter 20)
    "Evolution and original sin"
    -- Robin Collins (Messiah College)
    Chapter 21)
    "Evolution, cognitive neuroscience, and the soul"
    -- Warren Brown (Fuller Theological)
    Worship Insert 8)
    "Remembering God's people"
    -- George Murphy

    Keith B. Miller
    Research Assistant Professor
    Dept of Geology, Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS 66506-3201

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