Can Christianity be reconciled with Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection? What relevance do the biological sciences have to religious thought? Does Christian theology have anything to offer when it comes to formulating scientific hypotheses? These questions are among those explored in this collection of essays arising from a meeting of the UK Science and Religion Forum held in Cambridge to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. The volume brings together contributions from a distinguished group of scholars at the forefront of the field of science-and-religion including Denis Alexander, R. J. Berry, John Hedley Brooke, Sarah Coakley, Celia Deane-Drummond, David Fergusson, David Knight, Christopher Southgate, Neil Spurway and Kenneth Wilson. The essays are organized around the theme of 'natural theology' - the attempt to draw theological conclusions from reflection on the natural world. The essays cover historical, philosophical and theological perspectives, and explore some contemporary approaches to natural theology in the context of Darwinism.
Andrew Robinson is a general medical practitioner in Newton Abbot, Devon, and Honorary University Fellow in Theology at the University of Exeter. He holds degrees in physiology and medicine from the University of Bristol and a doctorate in theology from Exeter. He is author of God and the World of Signs: Trinity, Evolution and the Metaphysical Semiotics of C. S. Peirce (Brill, 2010). He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners and in 2011 was elected to membership of the International Society for Science and Religion.