Farrer's book should have propelled us down the path of mainstream relevance for both theology and science in the quest for comprehensive human understanding such that both would wrestle with the challenges raised by the other. Instead we are now entering the 21st century with the public face of theology in relation to science being identified with the farce of Creation Science and the equally farcical reduction of science to scientism, an overview of understanding that would limit all human comprehension to the outcomes of scientific methodology.
Yes, Farrer`s book speaks in the words and style of its time and this does make demands of the 21st. century reader. But a central element of those demands is the challenge to re-trace our steps from the cul-de-sac into which we are being led by the proponents of Creation Science and scientism and to re-engage in the authentic debate for comprehensive human understanding, informed by science and theology, that Farrer was endeavouring to facilitate. Farrer's A Science of God ? with its exploration of a science compatible with God and understood through the framework of human comprehension that is theology in parallel with science is a significant contribution, methodologically and theoretically, toward this path in the 21st. century world. A Science of God? is a must-read for those who would join the real science and religion debate of our time and not be consumed by the farce of the pseudo-theology of Creation Science and the pseudo science of scientism.
Graeme K. C. Kerr Chaplain Emeritus Haileybury College Melbourne and Foundation Lecturer in Philosophy of Science RMIT Melbourne A Science of God