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Cornelius G. Hunter: Darwin’s Proof, reviewed by Amos Yong

On the other side, perhaps Hunter’s work is so good precisely because he raises all the right questions, not only for Darwinian evolution, but also—for those with the appropriate intellectual background who are committed to the quest for truth—for the science and religion conversation in general (e.g., regarding intelligent design), and for the Christian understanding of creation in particular (whether that of theistic evolution or creationistic science). As first and foremost a Christian theologian, this reviewer could not help but be struck by the results of Hunter’s own efforts to bring together his Christian faith and theology and his scientific learning; what appeared in many cases to be unsuccessful attempts at synthesis seemed to function coherently for Hunter himself, raising the question of who is and is not quite seeing straight. As someone sympathetic but not yet convinced about intelligent design, this reviewer found the arguments in Darwin’s Proof terribly underdeveloped, thereby providing further motivation to continue engaging with both sides of this particular conversation. As a relative newcomer to the science and religion dialogue I am in no position to critique Hunter’s science and others will have to provide perspective on the scientific arguments in this book.

In any case, Darwin’s Proof provides a model for those in evangelical, pentecostal and charismatic circles who wish to take up rather than shy away from the challenges of modern science, and do so in ways that take both science and faith seriously rather than engaging either (or both) superficially.

Reviewed by Amos Yong

 

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Category: In Depth, Winter 2005

About the Author: Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary and Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. He is the author of numerous papers and over 30 books. fuller.edu/faculty/ayong/ amosyong@fuller.edu Facebook

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