Re: [asa] Fw: Books & Culture takes a closer look at...the Science Pages

From: Murray Hogg <muzhogg@netspace.net.au>
Date: Fri Oct 30 2009 - 07:22:31 EDT

Hi Pete,

Here's a piece from Ron Elsdon, Christians in Science, UK, which briefly touches on Packers views.

http://www.cis.org.uk/ireland/documents/God&Science_Paper1_Elsdon.pdf

Note particularly the citation from Packer on page 3;

<cite>
exegetically I cannot see that anything Scripture says, in the first chapters of Genesis or elsewhere, bears on the biological theory of evolution one way or the other. On that theory itself, as a non-scientist, watching from a distance the disputes of the experts, I suspend judgment, but I recall that B.B. Warfield was a theistic evolutionist. If on this count I am not an evangelical, then neither was he.
</cite>

But I realize that your real question is in respects of Alexander's book, not Packer's view of evolution - on that score, I think Alexander is as good an introduction as anything going around.

I will say, though, that most of the works in the "evangelical Christianity and evolution" genre (authors such as Alexander, Collins, Falk, Berry, Wright, Colling, etc, etc) give equal treatment to theology, biblical exegesis, and science - so they're probably not the best sources for learning about evolution, per se. Really, it all depends precisely where your interests lie.

Hope it helps.
Murray

Pete Enns wrote:
> Thanks, folks. I am very interested in reading books that will help lay
> out evolution.
>
> My hesitation is that I know Packer somewhat. I certainly respect him,
> but I don't recall him being supportive of evolution. I could be wildly
> off base.....
>
> Pete Enns
>
> On Oct 30, 2009, at 5:53 AM, d.nield@auckland.ac.nz wrote:
>
>> Like Murray, I have read just the Lennox and Alexander books. Both are
>> well worth reading and in fact I own a copy of each. I particularly like
>> Alexander's book.
>> Don
>>
>>> Has anyone read thee books?
>>>
>>> Packer' endorsement of Alexander's book makes me a bit suspect.
>>>
>>> Pete Enns
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