Monday, July 01, 2013

Worshiping with Charles Darwin -- Is Now Available!


My newest book (by a few weeks) is out.  The book has gone to the printer and orders will be filled shortly.  You can also get Worshiping with Charles Darwin in Kindle form for only $4.99 (other epub versions to come).  Why should you pick up a copy?  Well, this is what some readers have to say:

 By combining sermons, blog posts and newspaper pieces, Bob Cornwall makes an accessible and compelling case for the compatibility of religion and science. He succeeds in accomplishing his goal of demonstrating that there is an intellectually and spiritually satisfying middle-ground between the extreme positions espoused by fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist atheists. Contrary to what many creationists seem to believe, Cornwall argues convincingly that adopting bad science does not make for good theology. His is a powerful and persuasive voice for the goals of The Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend. If you ever had any doubt that religion and science could coexist, Cornwall will set your mind at ease.--Michael Zimmerman, Founder and Executive Director, The Clergy Letter Project 


Bob Cornwall’s sermons read like a great conversation with an articulate and well-read friend. The prose is lively! And the perspectives he offers on creation, science, Scripture, and God are greatly needed in an age of confusion over issues in science and theology. This book is an outstanding contribution to a better way!--Thomas Jay Oord, Northwest Nazarene University 


At the National Center for Science Education we frequently receive inquiries from members of the clergy seeking information about evolution and climate change. Often they seek a perspective on particular issues at the interface between religious belief and the world of science, or a recommendation of resources that can be used in a homiletical or liturgical setting. Robert Cornwall’s Worshiping with Charles Darwin is precisely the sort of book to which I can now happily direct pastors looking for such perspectives. This excellent collection of sermons and essays addresses the question of why Christians (and people of other faiths) should embrace the evolutionary perspectives. Rejecting both atheistic scientism and the god-of-the-gaps theology of the “intelligent design” movement, Cornwall cogently defends the theological perspective of a God who acts in, with, and under the cosmic and biological evolutionary processes we observe. The author also makes a powerful case for it being of crucial importance for religious communities to come to understand the human responsibility for climate change, resource depletion, and habitat destruction. I highly recommend this collection for pastors in any denomination who would like to draw their congregations into a vigorous engagement between the realms of scientific discovery of religious belief.--Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D., Director of Outreach to Religious Communities, National Center for Science Education 

 Bob Cornwall's book, Worshiping With Charles Darwin, offers a compelling account of one Christian and clergymember's attempt to not let go of either science or faith. Explaining why he thinks Darwin could have sat quite happily alongside him in church (however much he may have had doubts or changed his mind about many point of Christian doctrine), and why he finds pseudoscience like young-earth creationism an unsatisfactory approach, and the voices from opposite poles of atheism and young-earth creationism claiming that they are the only options to offer a false antithesis, the rest of the book consists largely of sermons, some of which were delivered on past Evolution Sundays/Weekends connected with the Clergy Letter Project. There are also "essays" which might sound likely to be a less enthralling section of the book, but these include op-ed pieces, blog posts, and other such offerings, and so, while they are not "sermons," neither are they inaccessible pieces of highly technical writing. 
 -- James McGrath Clarence L. Goodwin Chair of New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University.


1 comment:

Steve Kindle said...

Congratulations on yet another fine and relevant book.