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Author: Greg Cootsona
Genre/category: Non-fiction/Christian faith/science
Where can I buy it?Here
Release date: 13 March 2018
It would take up half of this review to name Greg Cootsona’s qualifications. But to name a few, he directs Science and Technology For Emerging Adult Ministries at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaches humanities and religious studies, and was an associate pastor for adult discipleship for eighteen years. In short, he is a knowledgeable man with a pastors’ heart.
He has a passion for science. It comes across in the first few pages. He beautifully expresses how curiosity and wonder for how the world works can lead to a worshipful awe of God.
He also has a heart for emerging adults (eighteen to thirty year olds). Specifically, he is concerned with why they are rejecting the church in large numbers. Cootsona believes the way we as Christians approach science and technology is one of the key reasons for this.
The aim of the book is to explore faith and science, and to explore ways of healing the divide between the two. He is unafraid of calling out the way some churches approach science (as something to fear or something to ignore completely) and how it is actively turning young people away from God. And yet, he writes gently, but with a clear passion for the subject.
The book covers a lot of topics, including:
- Understanding new atheism
- The Big Bang theory
- Adam, Eve, and history
- Intelligent design
- The good in technology
- Climate change and sexuality
In fact, the book covers so much that there were times that I felt frustrated. I wanted to know more about the appropriate Christian response to climate change, or more theories about Adam and Eve, for instance. But that isn’t really the function of this book (and Cootsona gives you a good list of other books and resources to check out). The idea is to demystify some of the topics and to emphasise how important it is that we, as a church, do not stick our heads in the sand when it comes to scientific advancement.
One of the more poignant parts of the book were the interviews, scattered throughout, with emerging adults, and their thoughts about the church and science. Some of the quotes were almost painful to read, but it felt so important to hear the reasons behind the science/Christian divide.
The book is well written, easy to understand, and clearly passionate about its subject. If you are a Christian wondering where to begin with the subject of science and faith, I’d recommend reading this as a good starting point.