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The Selfless Gene

Charles Foster
The Selfless Gene
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The Selfless Gene

Charles Foster

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If evolutionary theory is correct, what does that say about creator God?

^^Ever since the famous debate on Darwinism between Huxley and Wilberforce in 1860, there has been little real conversation between the scientific community and much of the Christian world. This book offers the prospect of reconciliation between what are seen as two opposing worldviews.

^^With remarkable insight and skill, Foster shows that most evolutionary theory and its consequences are easily reconciled with Christian orthodoxy and explores the ethical problems of natural selection in a fresh and invigorating way.

^^Charles Foster insists on getting to the heart of the topic and succeeds through a scientific and biblical analysis that is second to none. The Selfless Gene has the potential to become required reading for theologians and laypeople alike
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If evolutionary theory is correct, what does that say about creator God?

^^Ever since the famous debate on Darwinism between Huxley and Wilberforce in 1860, there has been little real conversation between the scientific community and much of the Christian world. This book offers the prospect of reconciliation between what are seen as two opposing worldviews.

^^With remarkable insight and skill, Foster shows that most evolutionary theory and its consequences are easily reconciled with Christian orthodoxy and explores the ethical problems of natural selection in a fresh and invigorating way.

^^Charles Foster insists on getting to the heart of the topic and succeeds through a scientific and biblical analysis that is second to none. The Selfless Gene has the potential to become required reading for theologians and laypeople alike
-Publisher.


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In THE SELFLESS GENE, Charles Foster assesses the claims of Neo-Darwinists and Young Earth Creationists, demonstrating that orthodox Christianity is not incompatible with what evolutionary biology says about our world. The real issue, he argues, centres around the ethical implications of natural selection, and what such a system -- based on selfishness, waste and death -- might say about the loving creator God of the Christian faith.Intelligent, provocative and accessible, THE SELFLESS GENE offers the prospect of a reasoned dialogue between faith and scientific study, and a reconciliation of what are popularly seen as two opposing worldviews.
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Meet the Author

Charles Foster

Charles Foster is a lawyer and part-time judge, and lectures in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. He is also an explorer, and in 2002 was a member of a successful British ski expedition to the North Pole. He is the author of Wired for God: The biology of spiritual experience (Hodder 2010); The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin (Hodder 2009); Tracking the Ark of the Covenant (Monarch,2007); The Christmas Mystery (Authentic, 2007); and The Jesus Inquest: The case for - and against - the resurrection of the Christ (Monarch Press; 2007)

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A respectful attempt to harmonise the Genesis narrative
4 stars By Andy F, Oct 17 2010
The first few chapters of this book had me worried.  There was somewhat of an angry and abrasive tone to what the Foster was saying - although clearly born out of frustration.  I particularly found the throw-away derisive remark about Lee Strobel's "the Case for a Creator" both unnecessary and ill informed (I really wondered if Charles Foster had read the book).  Foster clearly has an issue with Young-earth creationism.  However, I persisted and found Foster's last 5 chapters (primarily an exposition on Genesis), very well written an quite uplifting.  There are time when you wonder where he's going and if this is not just a revisionist take on the text.  I didn't find it so, but found it interesting, challenging and building to a gratifying conclusion.  
The first chapters of this book might leave you with an impression that Charles Foster is a ranting Theistic Evolutionist, but that really would sell the book short, and he clearly isn't mainstream in any way.  In fact several times he points out the weakness's in the evolutionary theory he subscribes to.  He also doesn't hold back on his critique of Atheistic Evangelist Richard Dawkins.  I felt a little guilty for enjoying his sometimes scathing remarks of him.  
You don't need to agree completely with Foster to appreciate the intelligence and thought he's put into the Genesis question, and the ultimate respect he shows for the Christian story. It's a worthwhile read.
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  • Catalogue Code 301313
  • Product Code 9780340964415
  • ISBN 0340964413
  • EAN 9780340964415
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Apr 2010
  • Dimensions 197 x 130 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.210kg

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