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5.0 out of 5 stars The Religion versus Science debate: the End?
Steve Jones is a non-believer, and has made clear in other books where he stands in the religion versus science debate. But not for him the no-holds-barred, all-out assault on religion favoured by Richard Dawkins and others. Jones' approach is calmer, sometimes ironic, but just as effective, and often even more devastating. In this book he revisits the Bible and...
Published 19 months ago by Brian R. Martin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rambling and not really what it says on the tin
There are broadly two ways to write a popular science book. One is to pick a specific aspect of science and really dig into it. The other is to use a theme that allows you to explore a whole range of different scientific topics. But there has to be a reason for choosing the framework - and I find Steve Jones' hook in this particular book - the Bible - a little odd...
Published 18 months ago by Brian Clegg


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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of facts, 11 Aug 2013
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If you are a person uncertain of how your religion balances with scientific opinions you may still not be able to plump for one against the other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a struggle, 28 May 2013
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This review is from: The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold as Science (Kindle Edition)
Heavy going first 3 chapters hope it improves else may have to give up. Not really my kind of book sorry to say
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2.0 out of 5 stars 3rd hand biblical cliches, 7 Jun 2014
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I have just finished the prologue, having been excited to read this book as I love God and Science. But sadly I have to report the Stephen has not read the bible to understand it, but just relies on third-hand cliches. The Fall and sex is a good example: Stephen simply asserts that sex and sin are entwined from the beginning. But the only reference to sex in Genesis 1-3 is indirect: 'go and multiply'. Only when the bible is distorted through Greek dualistic culture does the body (along with all other 'material') become profane. Tell me: who made the clitoris Stephen? Who designed and 'installed' orgasms? Who got the entry angles perfect? Who made feminine curves and male angles? Silly boy Stephen.
Oh well, I'll do my best to read the book and come back with any further useful comments, but it's a poor start for what could be a great subject. Perhaps it's one of those books where you have to take the best and leave the rest?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts Badly and Gets Worse, 27 July 2013
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A. J. Bradbury "Andy B." (England) - See all my reviews
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Mr Jones' book crashes in flames on the front cover, though since I doubt he painted the illustration, or even designed it, we probably shouldn't hold it against him.

However it is a pretty dumb illustration on a book that allegedly explains the Bible in scientific terms.
Why?
Because the Genesis account has God laying a curse on the "serpent" that it should henceforth crawl in the dust on its belly (Genesis 3:14). But what kind of curse is that if the serpent was in fact a snake and already crawled on it's belly?

The second major error is all Mr Jones' own work, his attempt to demonstrate that modern science can answer important questions that 'religion' - that's "New" atheist code for Christianity - can't.

In this context it might seem very clever to review the Bible as though it was "the first science textbook". In fact, however, this is a truly delusional notion given that the Bible is quite clearly NOT a textbook on anything. Especially in the face of the numerous objections by genuine scientists over misguided attempts by believers to justify their beliefs by co-opting scientific ideas.

According to Christian teaching, the Old Testament is nothing more or less than a lengthy narrative about the relationship between the creator God and mankind, and God and the early Hebrew nation in particular. The New Testament completes the narrative by opening up the relationship with the Hebrews to the entirety of mankind.
To characterise this narrative as a scientific or even a potentially scientific discourse is quite simply nonsense. And therefore so is this book.

(I refer to "Mr" Jones in this context because the author's field of excpertise is genetics, not history or theology. Thus referring to him as a professor irrationally extends his genuine qualification into an areas where he has no apparent claim to be anything other than a simple layman.)
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