Book Review: Dictionary of Christianity and Science

By Shannon Eugene Byrd

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July 28, 2017

Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss have put together a monstrous dictionary that seeks to investigate the interaction between science and the Christian faith.

Methodology

The scope of the dictionary is very wide-ranging and accessible to interested laypeople and experts alike. Over 140 leading scholars have contributed essays. The dictionary has three types of entries: Introductions outline the central facts about a given topic; Essays explore the implications of a topic under discussion; and finally, multiple-view discussions endeavor to represent a significant viewpoint which has stimulated disagreement in scientific and Christian thought. These entries are passionate, yet charitable and the scholars did not read opposing entries prior to the being published.

Assessment

The articles in this well bound hardcover are very well written and cover a wide range of topics relating to the intersection of Christianity and science. Multiple-view discussions are included, but not limited to, Adam and Eve, Age of the Universe, Creationism, Climate Change, Days of Creation, Problem of Evil, and Human Evolution. Each entry contains references and recommended reading on the topic, which is valuable for one to further investigate the material as these entries are not intended to be exhaustive. Though the book covers a great deal of material, some entries seem unbalanced. For instance, there is an entry for Open Theism, but not one for other major views such as Molinism or Arminianism, which are still hotbed issues with wide ranging implications. I am also surprised that the dictionary did not include an index.

Despite these minor shortcomings, I highly recommend this resource for anyone interested in the intersection of Christianity and science. This will be a valuable resource for many years to come!

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About the Author

By Shannon Eugene Byrd

Shannon Eugene Byrd grew up in Liberty South Carolina. At the age of 19 he joined the Air Force and entered basic military training one week after the September 11th attacks on the Twin towers. Since graduating tech school, he has worked as an Aircraft technician. In 2012 he graduated Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science in Technical Management. Around his last year at Embry-Riddle Shannon began feel called to study the Bible and Theology in depth. He enrolled at SouthWestern Assembly of God University (SAGU) and graduated in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Upon graduating Shannon began studying more rigorously than before. He often quibbles “if there is one thing I learned in universities, it’s how to do research.” Shannon enjoys teaching theology at his local church and defending his faith from internet atheists using precise reasoning. His main vocation with FreeThinking Ministries is research and either writing or contributing to articles.