Science, Creation and the Bible
Many Christians are torn between their belief in the Bible and the conclusions of science. This is especially the case concerning the creation narratives of Scripture and the rather different stories that science tells. Physicist Richard Carlson and biblical scholar...
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Many Christians are torn between their belief in the Bible and the conclusions of science. This is especially the case concerning the creation narratives of Scripture and the rather different stories that science tells. Physicist Richard Carlson and biblical scholar Tremper Longman address the longstanding problem of how to relate scientific description of the beginnings of the universe with the biblical creation passages found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Experts in their respective fields, these two authors provide a way to resolve the seeming conflicting descriptions by showing the meaning of the biblical texts as well as the meaning of scientific description. In the process they will uncover
how theology and science differ, and what they both contribute
what the key biblical passages actually say
how the ancient Hebrews themselves understood the meaning of Genesis 1--2
how the rest of Scripture helps us understand these passages
what we can gain from science and what its limits are
Properly interpreting the biblical texts and clearly identifying the nature of scientific claims are key. With those in hand we can see how Christian revelation and scientific findings about the origin of the universe are not in opposition but rather work in partnership with each other.
Richard F. Carlson (Ph.D., University of Minnesota- physics; M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary in biblical studies and theology) - is research professor of physics at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California and formerly a visiting scientist in the department of radiation sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden.
His physics research interests are in experimental nuclear physics, and he has done postdoctoral research at UCLA. While teaching at the University of Redlands he has continued his nuclear research at UCLA, the University of Manitoba, University of California Davis, and currently at Uppsala University. Carlson has published more than fifty articles in physics research journals. Recently his interests have shifted to the area of science and Christian faith, and between 1995 and 2005 he taught a number of science and theology courses at the University of Redlands and Fuller Theological Seminary. His courses at Redlands and Fuller have resulted in two Templeton Foundation prizes.
He is the general editor of Science & Christianity: Four Views (InterVarsity Press, 2000) and co-author of Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins (InterVarsity Press, 2010) Tremper Longman III, as well as the author of a number of articles appearing in nuclear physics research journals and theological journals.
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary.
He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job and Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms); Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel (New Internatuional Version Application Commentary), Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament/ Cornerstone Commentary).
Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis; How to Read the Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Exodus and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies; The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
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- Many Christians Are Torn Between Their Belief In The Bible And The Conclusions Of Science. This Is Especially The Case Concerning The Creation Narratives Of Scripture And The Rather Different Stories That Science Tells. Physicist Richard Carlson And Biblical Scholar Tremper Longman Address The Longstanding Problem Of How To Relate Scientific Description Of The Beginnings Of The Universe With The Biblical Creation Passages Found In Genesis Chapters 1 And 2. Experts In Their Respective Fields, These Two Authors Provide A Way To Resolve The Seeming Conflicting Descriptions By Showing The Meaning Of The Biblical Texts As Well As The Meaning Of Scientific Description. In The Process They Will Uncover <ul> <li>how Theology And Science Differ, And What They Both Contribute</li> <li>what The Key Biblical Passages Actually Say</li> <li>how The Ancient Hebrews Themselves Understood The Meaning Of Genesis 1--2</li> <li>how The Rest Of Scripture Helps Us Understand These Passages</li> <li>what We Can Gain From Science And What Its Limits Are</li> </ul> Properly Interpreting The Biblical Texts And Clearly Identifying The Nature Of Scientific Claims Are Key. With Those In Hand We Can See How Christian Revelation And Scientific Findings About The Origin Of The Universe Are Not In Opposition But Rather Work In Partnership With Each Other.
- 1 Theological And Scientific Sources And Their Interpretation
- 2 Characteristics Of Theology And Science Relevant To The Conflict
- 3 Biblical Interpretation--a Key Element In Resolving The Creation-evolution Conflict
- 4 Creation In The Old Testament
- 5 Creation In The New Testament
- 6 Genesis 1--2:3 And Genesis 2:25
- 7 Genesis 1 And 2 As A Worldview Statement Of The Ancient People Of Israel
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index