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Real Scientists, Real Faith: 17 Leading Scientists Reveal the Harmony Between Their Science and Their Faith [Paperback]

R.J. Berry
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22 May 2009
The science/faith debate rages on. Yet many leading scientists have an active Christian faith. Here 17 scientists, all esteemed by their peers, tackle two questions: what difference their faith makes to their scientific practice; and, what difference their science makes to their understanding of their faith. Contributors include: Francis Collins, Director, Human Genome Project; Joan Centrella, Chief of the Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA; Bob White, Professor of Geophysics, University of Cambridge; Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, University of Oxford, and molecular biologist; and, Wilson Poon, Professor of Physics, University of Edinburgh.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854248847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854248848
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.J. (Sam) Berry is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean Society, the British Ecological Society, the European Ecological Federation, the Mammal Society, and Christians in Science. For 20 years he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and in 1996 received the UK Templeton Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Scientists Real Faith, R.J. Berry 24 July 2009
The eighteen writers come from a variety of disciplines, but share a common Christian faith. They describe the difference their faith makes to their scientific practice as well the way their scientific knowledge relates to their faith. Included are a Nobel prize winner, Mike Hulme, an outstanding climate scientist, and Andy Gosler who describes how his passion for evolution led to a discovery of Christ's teaching and his baptism as an adult. It is a thought provoking intelligent book and provides a welcome corrective to the assumption that faith and science are at war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and relevant 20 July 2009
This is a book I have wanted to read since before I knew it existed - a book that shows that science and faith do not have to be at odds, and that you do not have to commit intellectual suicide to have a belief in Christianity.

These essays are readable and illuminating, and written by scientists with very impressive credentials. I am not a scientist and had to skim over a few passages, but largely found it a helpful and encouraging book. I think it will help non-believers to see that they do not need to have a simplistic "either/or" view of the world (science OR religion) and also that it will help believers to be less nervous of science and scientists, and also more confident that their faith can withstand the glare of the scientific spotlight.

This book also showed me the danger of ignorance on both sides of the debate: if science and religion appear to be in conflict, there must be bad science or bad theology involved, and we must be open-minded in determining which it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be widely read 1 Dec 2009
Real Scientists - Real Faith

Eighteen scientists have contributed autobiographical essays to this book. These scientists are well-qualified and leading figures in their respective fields. They are all Christians - they all believe in a transcendent and immanent creator God. They believe that there is no inherent conflict between scientific and religious accounts of the world. They all seem to have no difficulty integrating their scientific knowledge and Christian beliefs.

These are the common themes in their essays which are otherwise so varied that there can be no simple summary of their content in a short review.

This book should be widely read. It will encourage any Christians who are anxious about a supposed conflict between science and Christianity. It should certainly be read by those who argue that science and religion are incompatible or that a scientist cannot be a Christian. It should be read by (even though it may give offence to) those who argue: against evolution, for a `young Earth', or in favour of the `Intelligent Design' movement.
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By trini
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Review of Real Scientists Real Faith, ed. Berry. Revised 21st July 2009.

The point of the author of each of the 17 tightly-packed autobiographies (about 15 pages each) in this book is first of all a simple and explicit declaration that in his or her life there is no clash whatever between the author's religious faith (Christianity, in every case here) and career in science (high-level research and professorships, in medicine, genetics, psychiatry, environmental studies, geology, nanotechnology, biochemistry, ... (There is only one woman contributor, Joan Centrella, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Centre, where she is head of the Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory; so hereafter, for simplicity, I shall use only `he' and `his' - my apologies to Joan)

Secondly, each author describes either how he maintained his childhood and adolescent Christian faith in the (usually) overtly or covertly hostile atmosphere of university and professional scientific life, or else, as is quite often the case, came fresh to adult Christian faith during his studies or career in science, after a lapse from early Christianity or else from a totally agnostic or atheistic background.

There is no single route, in the detail, from unbelief to belief. It is nonetheless true that in every case the `convert' came eventually to see that faith in a Creator God (and in a suffering and resurrected divine Redeemer), and knowing and living the Revealed Word of God, is wholly compatible with the other revealed word of God which mankind comes to know through the scientific investigation of the material world around us. Not only is there no clash, but `natural' science and religious belief complement, complete each other.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone. 18 Jan 2010
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This book is a collection of essays written by academics and scientists who have a Christian faith. The style of writing and content vary by each author. There a few well thought out and useful insights throughout the book, but to be honest, you do have to work through a lot of people's personal career and life achievements which can be rather dull. Sorry! This book is generally suited for those who believe in the theory of evolution eg. man descended from other species. It doesn't contain strong detailed arguments either for or against evolution but some of the authors are quick to dismiss 'intelligent design' e.g. creation. The book did have some interesting insights and obviously the authors are well read in their own fields. Personally for me, a disappointing purchase, but this is probably due to the high expectations set from the other reviews.
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