I don't often review books (although I do read a lot) but over the next few weeks I'll be running a series of posts discussing thoughts of mine that have come from essays in a book that I have recently finished reading as well as reviewing the book as a whole itself.
The book is called Reading Genesis After Darwin and was published late last year. It collects thirteen original papers on a large variety of topics that are about Christian theological, historical and applied engagement with evolutionary biology throughout the centuries.
It's been an interesting and thoughtful read which (as any good book should) has motivated and directed me on to a number of further books and papers on the individual topics covered.The book often engages with these areas in surprising ways, placing emphasis in novel areas I perhaps wouldn't have considered. After a general review of the book I will focus in on four essays in particular which I think have some especially important/useful things to say or highlight:
Genesis and the Scientists (Essay 6), John Hedley Brooke - engagement with Genesis by Christians around the time of Darwin... and others.
All God's Creatures (Essay 9), David Clough - thoughts on the position of animals in theology and humanities mandate in their care.
Male and Female He Created them (Essay 11), Stephen C. Barton - gender and Christianity in the light of evolution, although I will focus mainly on other areas spinning out from this essay on Greek philosophical influences in early Christian views of gender.
Propriety and Trespass: The Drama of Eating (Essay 12), Ellen F. Davies - Christianity, agriculture and the Earth.
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