Nazarenes Exploring Evolution Book Available
The provocative book, Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, is now published! For the first time, a large number of leaders in the Church of the Nazarene weigh in on whether it makes sense to believe God creates through evolution.
The Nazarenes Exploring Evolution book is co-edited by Sherri Walker and me. It presents more than 60 essays on scripture, science, theology, evolution, and pastoral reflection. The table of contents – showing essay titles and contributor names — should itself excite potential readers!
Here’s the amazon link to the book.
Jesse C. Middendorf, General Superintendent Emeritus of the Church of the Nazarene, says this about the book:
“What a timely conversation! And what a crucial investigation into the various perspectives good Nazarenes bring to the discussion about Creation and Evolution. The passion for integrity reoccurs throughout the essays, and I am happy to see the desire to find common ground in speaking to the current generation about the origin of all things. This should provide us good space for meaningful and grace-filled conversations into the future.”
Darrel Falk, professor of biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, says:
“This is likely the finest collection of short essays on pastoral, scientific, theological, biblical, and denominational considerations for the evolutionary creation process that I have ever read. It explains why the issue is so important to many Nazarene scholars, summarizes why they have come to believe that evolution strengthens a Wesleyan/Holiness perspective on the gospel, and emphasizes why it is so important to approach the issue with an ongoing respect and persevering love for those who see it differently.”
This book is part of the larger Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project, which began earlier this year. And January 23-25, 2014, I am co-directing with Mark Mann a companion conference called “Exploring Origins: Nazarenes in Dialogue.” The conference is at Point Loma Nazarene University and many contributors to this newly released book will participate.
Here’s the conference website link.
Please consider buying a copy of the Nazarenes Exploring Evolution book and attending the upcoming conference!