Faith, Reason, and Earth History presents Leonard Brand's argument for constructive thinking about origins and earth history in the context of Scripture, showing readers how to analyze available scientific data and approach unsolved problems. Faith does not need to fear the data, but can contribute to progress in understanding earth history within the context of God's Word while still being honest about unanswered questions.
In this patient explanation of the mission of science, the author models his conviction that "above all, it is essential that we treat each other with respect, even if we disagree on fundamental issues."
The original edition of this work (1997) was one of the first books on this topic written from the point of view of an experienced research scientist. A career biologist, paleontologist, and teacher, Brand brings to this well-illustrated book a rich assortment of practical scientific examples.
This thoughtful and rigorous presentation makes Brand's landmark work highly useful both as a college-level text and as an easily accessible treatment for the educated lay person.
Leonard Brand (Ph.D., Cornell) is professor of biology and paleontology at Loma Linda University, and has been teaching at the university level for four decades. An active researcher, he is well published in professional scientific journals in the fields of paleontology, animal behavior, and ecology.
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CHAPTER 1: Scientific Investigation
CHAPTER 2: Limitations of Science
CHAPTER 3: Highlights of the History of Science
CHAPTER 4: Understanding Science
CHAPTER 5: Naturalism and an Alternative
CHAPTER 6: The Relationship of Faith and Science
CHAPTER 7: The Origin of Life
CHAPTER 8: Microevolution and Speciation
CHAPTER 9: Interventionist Theory and Biological Change
CHAPTER 10: Sociobiology and Altruistic Behavior
CHAPTER 11: The Case for Megaevolution
CHAPTER 12: The Case for Informed Intervention
CHAPTER 13: Is Megaevolution Possible?
CHAPTER 14: The Geologic Record
CHAPTER 15: Geologic Time
CHAPTER 16: Short-age Geology Theory
CHAPTER 17: Two Versions of Short-age Geology
CHAPTER 18: Faith, Reason, and Earth History