Dr. Michael L. Peterson Releases “Biology, Religion, and Philosophy: An Introduction”
Dr. Michael Peterson, Professor of Philosophy of Religion, released Biology, Religion, and Philosophy: An Introduction. In this Cambridge University Press book, Dr. Peterson helps us understand the intersection of biology and religion that raises issues surrounding our own understanding of humanity and the living world. This book explores a large number of topics that interface between biology and religion, interacts with the major voices and positions in contemporary debates and is designed for the interested general reader.
“I wrote the book, along with my molecular biologist friend Dennis Venema because evolutionary biology intersects religion in important ways,” Dr. Peterson said. “Since Christian orthodoxy is intellectually rich and potent, it can be a valuable dialogue partner with contemporary biological theories, which tend to reduce religion, mind, morality, and humanity itself to the purely natural. On the other hand, Christian theology and philosophy cannot be relevant without understanding information from science and biology.”
Dr. Peterson also wrote Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism with philosopher of science Michael Ruse of Florida State University, which is a wide-ranging treatment of all the important issues in the science-religion discussion.
Dr. Peterson co-authored this book with Dr. Dennis R. Venema, Professor of Biology at Trinity Western University, where he specializes in molecular biology and genetics. He is co-author, with Scott McKnight, of Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science.
In this comprehensive and accessible survey, Dr. Peterson and Dr. Venema explain the engagement between biology and religion on issues related to origins, evolution, design, suffering and evil, progress and purpose, love, humanity, morality, ecology, and the nature of religion itself. Throughout the book, Peterson and Venema develop a philosophical discussion around controversial questions and situate each topic in its historical, scientific, and theological context, making it the perfect introduction for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, and the interested general reader.
This book is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.