BOOK REVIEW: CAN YOU BELIEVE IN GOD AND EVOLUTION? A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED, by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett
In going through some of our shelves in the Westminster library, I found a copy of this book and realized that it was ordered in connection with a course, ‘ “God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth”: What Does This Mean If You Accept Evolution?’, taught here at the church at least ten years ago. The intention of the leaders was this: “In this series we shall look at this issue from the perspective of several broader contexts such as: the history of creationism, recent developments in understanding natural selection, American constitutional law, the Bible and Christian theology.
In the light of the ongoing struggle with these seminal ideas in the last decade, in schools, courts, and churches, this is a good book to dig into. Perhaps the descriptions of the various “creationists” are too detailed, perhaps the points of view of the two writers don’t have quite the tone that you would prefer, perhaps it is a little out of date in gene theory, but it certainly does treat the topic in a serious, rational way. One of the book’s major goals was to give parents and teachers an understanding of the issue as it relates to the teaching of science in our nation’s schools. The authors were Hewlett, a Professor Emeritus in the departments of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Peters, a co-editor of THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE, editor of DIALOG: A JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY, and Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Union in Berkeley, California.
Review written by Lydia Peale
[The leaders of the course mentioned above were Eleanore Sturgill, Guy Hammond, Robert Bryant, Virginia Rovnyak, Ruthie Buck, Earle Hilgert.]