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Science and Belief – two opposing magnets in the modern world. Want to join the growing debate? This book isn't out to make a scientist or a believer out of you, but present all the facts and help you make up your own mind.
Accomplished scientist Russell Stannard produced and narrated a series for schools called, 'Science and Belief: The Big Issues', a 12 part series exploring all those confusing subjects. Russell has based this book on his series, delving deeper into the subjects where belief and science collide. Each chapter begins with common viewpoints plucked from interviewing the public and end with a set of questions for you to think over. These nine chapters are:
• The Anthropic Principle
• Intelligent Design
• Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
• The Relationship Between Science and Belief
This book is not written for Mensa members. It's written for R.E. teachers, for preachers, for experienced Christians, for new believers, for youth workers, for business people, for the confused, and for the questioners. Anyone who wants to join the Science and Belief debate, read this book, learn the facts, decide for yourself, and have your say.
Professor Russell Stannard is an author and lecturer recognised for contributing to the understanding of science and religion, including the titles: 'Grounds for Reasonable Faith', and 'Science and the Renewal of Belief'. He was awarded an OBE for ‘contributions to physics, the Open University, and the popularisation of science’ (1998). For most of his life, Russell has contributed to the study surrounding the atom-smashing machines, like the hadron collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
Science and Belief by Russell Stannard was published by Lion Hudson in May 2012 and is our 13491st best seller. The ISBN for Science and Belief is 9780745955728.
This is an impressive must-read book for all thinking people, atheists and believers alike. It succeeds in making it reasonable to be both scientific and religious, to be up-to-date in both fields, to hold a chair in physics and be a lay minister in the Church of England. Russell Stannard has the gift of expressing complex science in very accessible language, in a book that is based on his twelve-episode video series in DVD format now in 40% of UK secondary schools and in 7,500 churches. In only 173 pages, he covers a lot of scientific ground with chapters on evolution, intelligent design, morality, creation, the anthropic principle, extra-terrestrial intelligence, psychology, and miracles.
Here is a rich buffet of ideas, not dogma, and we are encouraged to take our pick. He writes ‘throughout this book I have tried to keep my own opinions in the background. Not always successfully I know’. Indeed, from time to time he asserts that ‘the defining characteristic of God is that he is a God of love’ (p106), but that is not self-evident so he admits ‘the basic unfairness of the evolutionary process’ without analysing sufficiently the problem of suffering and the ‘cruel death of his Son on the cross’ which for Stannard is the way ‘we know God loves us’ (p33).
Stannard is aware that ‘fundamentalists’ will take issue with him in his evolutionary approach to both science and theology. In his sections on creation and the anthropic principle (his two hardest chapters for secondary schools) he verges on the God of deism rather than theism, despite asserting ‘God as Sustainer’ (p57). Nevertheless his theology is usually interesting, and his communication of science so outstanding in its clarity and plausible links with religious beliefs, that it deserves to be a best seller to rival Dawkins. Instead of conflict or independence between science and religion, Stannard illuminates how there can be interaction and some integration.
Are Faith And Science Natural Enemies?
Posted: Friday, October 26th
|Author / Artist||Russell Stannard|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (May 2012)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||5th April 2017|