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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue 

By Preston Sprinkle

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This is an extraordinary book about the wonders of our human bodies!

“A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent.”
—Hilary Mantel

Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum
Gavin Francis

Hardback: Basic Books, 2015
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This delightful TEDx talk will give you a tiny taste of the magic of this book…
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Who were Adam and Eve?

A Review of

The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate
John Walton

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015
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Reviewed by Craig Cottongim
 
It will take some time for the ideas presented in this bravely written book to trickle down into our mainstream thinking, but I hope not too long — our future might depend on it.  Will this book be controversial?  For some, more than likely.  Why will some people wrestle with this book?  It turns many of our commonly accepted concepts about Adam and Eve on their head.  By blasting you with a healthy dose of disequilibrium in nearly every chapter, all the while adhering to the authority and infallibility of the Scriptures, this book challenges many Evangelical beliefs about the Genesis account of Adam and Eve.
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The Miracle of Word Made Flesh
 
A Feature Review of 

What Your Body Knows About God: How We Are Designed to Connect, Serve and Thrive
Rob Moll

Paperback: IVPress, 2014
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Reviewed by Kristin Williams
 
As a mother and a runner, some of my most intensely personal experiences of God have happened during time when I have also been in the midst of the most intense physical experiences of my life.  I felt God’s presence when I was in labor with both of my children, and especially toward the end of the long and difficult birth of my daughter.  God meets me in personally significant ways when I am out running, especially when I feel like I am reaching my physical limits.  This physical/spiritual connection has helped me understand why we encourage our children to fold their hands and bow their heads to pray or why we lift our hands in worship.  Our bodies are made to connect with God.

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Free Ebooks

Looking for something to read?

Here are hundreds of classics that are available as FREE ebooks for your Kindle, iPad or other e-reader…

Mix up your reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books…

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books…

Stay tuned as as we will be adding
more categories to this list!

 
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Science Classics

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Most recent post: [ Early Christian History ]
1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on Science. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.


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An excellent book that arrived in bookstores last week…

Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez
Aaron Hirsh

Hardback: FSG, 2013.
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“Hirsh delivers an important work about the power of place and the power of stories—scientific, historical, and personal—to shape our understanding of our world.”
– Publishers Weekly [ Read the full, starred review ]






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Robert Asher - Evolution and BeliefTacking Religious Beliefs on to Darwin.

A Feature Review of

Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist.

Robert Asher.

Hardback: Cambridge UP, 2012.
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Reviewed by Todd Edmondson

As hot button issues go, ongoing debates about evolution, creationism, and Intelligent Design, situated at the point where religion, science, and politics collide, are among the most contentious. Thankfully, a number of Christian scholars and leaders of the church like Rowan Williams, Alister McGrath, and Peter Enns have stepped into the fray, endeavoring to work toward some measure of reconciliation between the tenets of orthodox Christianity and the findings of modern science. There is still, however, much work to be done. If Christians are ever going to be at peace with the findings of modern biology – in a way that involves neither stubborn resistance nor passive silence – a weighty theological task lies ahead. Fruitful conversation between what are often perceived to be competing orthodoxies will require humility, prayer, and rigorous scholarship. At the close of his excellent work The Evolution of Adam, Enns presents this concluding thesis: “A true rapprochement between evolution and Christianity requires a synthesis, not simply adding evolution to existing theories.” To put it another way, one cannot merely take a scientific theory and tack a religious belief onto it, without committing an injustice against both.

As one who agrees with Enns on this point, I picked up Robert Asher’s recent work Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist hopeful that Asher would take another step toward integrating faith and science, this time from the scientific side of the perceived rift. However, as if to confirm the old adage about judging a book by its cover, the promise of this book’s title goes largely unfulfilled. I should state up front that there is much that this book does well. Asher is not only a respected paleontologist; he is also a very good writer. The prose here is excellent and highly readable, so that even the passages that tend more toward hard science are not lost on a layperson like myself. Throughout the book, Asher guides readers through a number of debates and questions surrounding the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution. As someone thoroughly unenlightened on many significant aspects of natural selection–common descent, the fossil record, the development of animals both familiar (the platypus and elephant) and obscure (the tenrec), and molecular biology – I appreciated Asher’s exposition and analysis of these points.

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Are the Bible and Evolution compatible?

A Review of

The Evolution of Adam:

What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins

Peter Enns.

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2011.
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Reviewed by Jasmine Wilson

Are the Bible and Evolution compatible? That is a question so many people have endeavored to answer, and Peter Enns offers a useful account in his book, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. First, he answers questions about how to read the origin texts in Scripture, especially in light of other primordial stories of the time, but the differences about Scriptures texts and what those differences say about Israel. The crux of the book is Enns dealing with Paul’s understanding of Adam, however, since that is one of the biggest concerns. If someone were to argue that I should read Genesis figuratively, I can just point to Paul and say, “Well he obviously read it literally. Why shouldn’t I?” Enns scholarship on this is extremely helpful to the dialogue, and I will return to his specific arguments in a moment.

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The Predicament of Belief - Clayton - KnappA Defense of What Faith?

The Predicament of Belief:

Science, Philosophy, and Faith

Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2012
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A Review by Jordan Daniel Wood

According to Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp those who claim to believe in Christianity in the modern context find themselves in a very serious predicament. The predicament is twofold. On the one hand, it is extremely difficult to believe in traditional Christian claims about ultimate reality (UR) in the face of serious “reasons for doubt.” On the other hand, it is problematic to ignore the “axiological and theoretical power” of religious accounts of the ultimate reality, especially Christianity (viii).

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