Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins
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  • Length: 650 pages
  • Published: December 2018
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5291-8
  • Item Code: 5291

The question of origins remains a stumbling block for many. But just as the Psalmist gained insight into God's character through the observation of nature, modern scientific study can deepen and enrich our vision of the Creator and our place in his creation. In this often contentious field Bishop, Funck, Lewis, Moshier, and Walton serve as our able guides.

Based on over two decades of teaching origins together in the classroom, the authors present a textbook exploring mainstream scientific theories of origins in astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, geology, biology, physical anthropology, and genetics. While many authors engage origins from a Christian perspective, this is the first work offering a full-fledged discussion of the scientific narrative of origins from the Big Bang through humankind, from biblical and theological perspectives accessible to a lay audience.

Topics include

  • Principles of biblical interpretation
  • Close readings of relevant Genesis texts
  • A comprehensive Trinitarian doctrine of creation
  • Cosmic origins
  • The geologic history of Earth
  • The origin of life on Earth
  • The origin of species and diversity of life
  • Human origins
  • New creation and creation care
  • Science education

Rather than the familiar scenario where science and faith compete, this book seeks to diffuse tensions by taking the inspiration and authority of the Bible seriously while respecting and honoring God's revelation through creation. Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins gives the reader a detailed picture of the sciences of origins along with how they fit into the story of God's creative and redemptive action.

CONTENTS

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Sidebars
Introduction
Abbreviations

Part 1: Getting Started on the Journey
1. Principles and Methods of Biblical Interpretation (John H. Walton)
2. A Comprehensive Doctrine of Creation and Implications for Scientific Study (Robert C. Bishop)
3. Knowledge and Faith in Pursuing Origins Questions (Robert C. Bishop)
4. Creation Through the Lenses of Science and Theology (Robert C. Bishop)

Part 2: Cosmic Origins
5. Cosmic Origins: Genesis 1:1–2:4 (John H. Walton)
6. Electromagnetic Radiation and the Scale of the Universe (Robert C. Bishop)
7. The Expanding Universe (Robert C. Bishop)
8. The Big Bang Model and Contemporary Cosmology (Robert C. Bishop)
9. Lives and Deaths of Stars and Fine-Tuning (Robert C. Bishop)
10. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on the Origins of the Universe (Robert C. Bishop)

Part 3: Origin and Geologic History of Earth
11. Origin of the Earth and Solar System (Stephen O. Moshier)
12. Historical Roots of Geology: Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism (Stephen O. Moshier)
13. The Genesis Flood (John H. Walton)
14. The Rock Cycle and Timescales of Geologic Processes (Stephen O. Moshier)
15. Rocks of Ages: Measuring Geologic Time (Stephen O. Moshier)
16. Plate Tectonics: A Theory for How the Earth Works (Stephen O. Moshier)
17. Reading Earth’s History in Rocks and Fossils (Stephen O. Moshier)
18. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Earth History (Stephen O. Moshier and Robert C. Bishop)

Part 4: Origin of Life on Earth
19. From Spontaneous Generation to Abiogenesis (Larry L. Funck)
20. Prebiotic Chemistry: Preparing the Primordial Soup (Larry L. Funck)
21. Biological Information: Proteins and Nucleic Acids (Larry L. Funck)
22. Alternative Scenarios for Life’s Origin (Larry L. Funck)
23. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on the Origin of Life (Larry L. Funck)

Part 5: Origin of Species and Diversity of Life
24. Development of the Theory of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
25. The Modern Synthesis of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
26. Exploring the Evidence about Evolution: Phylogeny and Fossils (Raymond J. Lewis)
27. Development of an Extended Synthesis of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
28. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on the Origin of the Diversity of Life (Raymond J. Lewis and Robert C. Bishop)

Part 6: Human Origins
29. Human Origins: Genesis 2–3 (John H. Walton)
30. Human Origins: Evidence from Physical Anthropology (Stephen O. Moshier)
31. Genomic Evidence About Human Origins (Raymond J. Lewis)
32. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on the Image of God (Robert C. Bishop)

Concluding Postscript
33. Biblical and Theological Perspectives on New Creation, Creation Care, and Science Education (Robert C. Bishop and Raymond J. Lewis)
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index

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Robert C. Bishop (PhD, University of Texas) is associate professor of physics and philosophy and the John and Madeline McIntyre Endowed Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at Wheaton College. His research interests include the physical and social sciences, particularly the implications of science and its assumptions for theories of mind, free will and consciousness. Bishop is the author of The Philosophy of the Social Science and co-editor of Between Chance and Choice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism.

Widely published in scientific and religious journals, Bishop is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Scientific Affiliation and the Philosophy of Science Association. He is also the area editor for philosophy of science at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Larry L. Funck (PhD, Lehigh University) is an emeritus professor at Wheaton College where he taught inorganic chemistry for over forty years. He continues to be engaged in Wheaton's chemistry department teaching the origin of life component in the Theories of Origins course. His reseach interests include transition metals, especially as they relate to bioinorganic model studies. Funck is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Scientific Affiliation and the Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC). He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Lesotho and served as the chief reader for College Board's Advanced Placement chemistry program.

Married for fifty years with two grown sons, he enjoys swimming, listening to classical music, following major league baseball and being active in his church as finance manager and a choir member.

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