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Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith

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    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8, 2007
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      Title: Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith
      Author: Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
      Publisher: Ignatius
      Date Published: October 2007
      ISBN: 0819848557
      Price: $15.95
      Comments: A voice of sanity speaks clearly on a contemporary debate

      Michael Behe, Author, Darwin's Black Box
      "Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's 2005 essay in the New York Times, which
      seemingly condemned Darwin's scientific theory of evolution, ignited a
      firestorm of controversy. Yet the hasty responses did not look deeply
      enough into the Cardinal's words. Rather than the science of Darwin, it
      is the philosophical claims made in its name that the prelate upbraided.
      Science cannot speak of ultimate purpose, and scientists who do so are
      outside of their authority. In Chance or Purpose? the Cardinal shows
      that the data of biology, when properly examined by reason and
      philosophy, strongly point to a purposeful world."

      Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science,
      Harvard University. Author of "God's Universe"
      "Cardinal Schoenborn writes with masterful simplicity on profound
      theological issues. I, as a scientist and Christian outside the Catholic
      tradition, welcome his wisdom. He argues effectively that there are
      multiple approaches to reality, and he states clearly that while
      intelligent design is worthy of human reflection, from a scientific
      perspective the evolutionary model is the true story."

      Richard John Neuhaus, Editor, FIRST THINGS
      "Intellectual curiosity is here joined with precision of reason and
      vibrancy of faith. The result is a wondrously instructive guide to one
      of the most controverted questions of our time by one of the most
      influential leaders of the Church."

      Book Description
      Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's article on evolution and creation in The
      New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged
      him with biblical literalism and "creationism".

      In this book, Cardinal Schoenborn responds to his critics by tackling
      the hard questions with a carefully reasoned the "theology of creation".
      Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm
      the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an
      informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much
      injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated
      above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can
      we discern purpose in human existence? In his treatment of evolution,
      Cardinal Schoenborn distinguishes the biological theory from
      "evolutionism", the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to
      mindless, meaningless processes.

      He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds
      and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of
      philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny.

      Chance or Purpose? directly raises the philosophical and theological
      issues many scientists today overlook or ignore. The result is a
      vigorous, frank dialogue that acknowledges the respective insights of
      the philosopher, the theologian and the scientist, but which calls on
      them to listen and to learn from each another.
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