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God and Science -- The Hypertext Edition

The first edition of God and Science was published in 1986 by John Knox Press. It will appear here in a hypertext format, revised and expanded to encompass more recent developments in both science and theology. In addition, the hypertext edition will be enhanced by graphics, illustrations, and links to websites that will give the reader additional resources to deepen understanding of major themes, names and topics mentioned in the book. As one reviewer wrote about the book, "I could envision myself trying to design a course (around it). ... I think the book has high educational value. I enjoyed reading it to the point that I almost couldn't stop once I had started." (Harry W. Ellis -- Professor of Physics).

I believe that the Internet enhances both the educational value and the enjoyment that may be found in this work. If you'd like to be informed of additional chapters as they appear at this site, or would like to join in conversation both online and in realtime about the topics covered within these pages, please use the Mail Drop below to indicate your interest.

Charles Henderson, Executive Director
The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life

Additional Reviews of the first edition:

This is a good book. I enjoyed reading it very much. It was not what I expected, and I did not always agree, but the contribution it makes to the field and to my own understanding is substantial. Henderson's book is stimulating reading. -- L. Russ Bush, Southwestern Journal of Theology

Have the great advances of science rendered God and religion irrelevant? No so, argues Henderson. In fact, he shows how a case can be made for the opposite view. Science has come to a point in its development where its foundations are seen to include an attitude toward life which is much akin to religious faith. In a very clear way Henderson discusses how the works of Freud, Darwin and Marx seemingly negated any role for God and religion. Henderson likewise presents the thinking of Einstein, De Chardin and Tillich whose unitary views of life show science and religion in concert, not opposition. This is a very clearly written book. It's audience will be those who have read and thought about the supposed conflict between science and religion a little more than most. Every congregation will have such thinkers who should find this book a help in their journey. -- John Moryl, Yeshiva University, New York City

"The major criticisms of religion that have been made in the past two hundred years, largely in the name and under the banner of modern science, must be taken with utmost seriousness. One must pursue all reasonable arguments of contemporary atheism, for behind them all may be found the resources for building a greater and deeper faith. When one pursues the precise logic of skepticism, one discovers nothing less than a new case for theism....In fact, all the arguments that are used today in defiance of God may be turned inside out to work in God's defense." Such is Charles P. Henderson's bold claim, and in this short, highly readable work, he has certainly made a very worthwhile stab at substantiating it. I find (God and Science) informed, refreshing and timely, in its own way both a helpful apologetic and a brief but necessary footnote to the doctrine of creation. -- D.W.D Shaw, Expository Times

An excellent statement of the growing convergence of theology and modern science. I think (Henderson) has successfully turned Freud, Darwin, and Marx back on themselves. -- James I. McCord, The Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton

Charles Henderson ... deals in this book with some of the major arguments advanced against belief in God, and is generally effective in turning them inside out. This book has value for those who would like to see a different perspective on the thought of Freud, Darwin, and Marx. ... It will lead ... to a more healthy integration of authentic science and theology." -- Richard H. Bube, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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