God's Book of Works: The Theology of Nature and Natural Theology (Glasgow Gifford Lectures)

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R. J. Berry writes as a professional biologist and as a Christian believer. He contends that the interplay of science and faith requires continual re-examination in the light of scientific developments, with the consequent need to review religious assumptions. To quote from his Preface: "Where science and faith meet, they must be congruent; if they are not, both the science and the religion ought to be examined. Religion cannot drive the content of science, nor can science properly determine the nature of religion."R. J. Berry's treatment differs from traditional work in science and religion in that he intentionally and explicitly extends his exploration of the implications of religious faith for contemporary science to environmental conservation, or 'Creation care'. Professor Berry's expertise in this area is considerable - as an ecologist who has long been involved in developing environmental ethics both locally and internationally. He argues that the contribution of religious belief to environmental science is highly important, not only in theoretical terms but also in practice.This book does not assume extensive, specialised background knowledge. It will be of immense interest to anyone concerned with environmental problems, scientists and religious believers exploring contemporary applications of religious faith.

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R. J. Berry D.Sc., F.R.S.E., is Professor Emeritus of Genetics, University College London.

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"There is much to recommend in this book with its excellent examination of the various aspects of the subject and its numerous quotes from other authorities." -Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

“Overall, a highly accessible volume which should appeal to a wide readership, especially those interested in both the science-religion conversation and in orthodox Christian faith.” (Amos Young, Religious Studies Review, 01/04 Religious Studies Review)

“R.J. Berry’s book has much to offer as a historical look at views about the creation, and as a modern scientist’s view of natural theology and the theology of nature...The book is valuable and can be read with profit by those studying this subject and the history of attitudes toward nature.”–2004 (Reviews In Religion and Theology)

“Berry’s style is relaxed, and he communicates well. ....In short this book is very well written, and a useful resource for anyone interested in environmental and ecological issues.”

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