Theoecology Journal
Charlie Darwin vs Dr. George

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The Theoecologyjournal is open access, peer reviewed web-journal that seeks to bridge the gap between the sciences and theology by promoting dialogue and charitable interaction amongst researchers, students, and professors. Please visit The Journal’s Core Values to better understand the unique framework to which this journal ascribes. The Theoecologyjournal is copyrighted and may be used in digital and print format as long as proper methods of citation are utilized. Please see the letter on copyright and manuscripts for guidelines pertaining to the submission of papers. If you would like to submit an article please visit HERE. Additionally, you will want to review theEditorial White Paper before submitting an article.

Editorial Board

Dr. Robert George,
Theoecology Journal Director
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Bruce Little,
Center for Faith and Culture,
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Craig Bartholomew,
Redeemer University,
Ontario, Canada

Dr. Dwayne Milioni,
Open Door Baptist Church
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger,
Hope College,
Holland, Michigan

Mr. Tom Rowley,
Director, A Rocha USA,
Frederickburg, TX

Dr. Bruce Ashford,
Provost, SEBTS

Dr. Dyron Daughrity,
Pepperdine University,
Malibu, CA

Dr. Mike Bazemore,
William Peace College,
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Reggie Harrell,
Environmental Science,
University of Maryland

Dr. Rusty Pritchard,
“Flourish”, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Benjamin Quinn,
Southern Baptist Theology Seminary,
Wake Forest, NC.

Theoecology Journal December, 2014 Vol III

Opening Appeal
Provost Bruce R. Ashford, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary...read more | View PDF

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Provost Bruce R. Ashford (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in his opening appeal. given as the first piece in the current issue of ‘Theoecology Journal’ brings in the wisdom of a great Scholar Dr. David K. Clark, author of the 2003 book “To know God and Love.” This book thereby “provides a venue for scientists, philosophers (theists and atheists alike) and theologians partnering together asking questions that seek ‘reality’.” Provost Ashford offers intellectually a challenge, defining “reality” that is no different from ‘truth’ that we three (scientist-believer, atheists and theologian) address in this joint article with a goal of erecting a platform to save life on earth. … View PDF

Did Man Evolve
The book “0n the Beauty of Earth: Christian Vision for Creation Care”

(Bouma-Prediger, 2001) appeared at the dawn of this century with such profound questions like (1) “What do sand hill cranes and Chinook salmon have to do with God?” (2) How can Berry assert that polluting a stream is worse than killing another human being or cursing God?” (Berry, 1992), (3) What connection is there between Christian faith and ecological practices? And what is theologically at stake in the debates and discussions surrounding caring for the earth? In my view, all these questions make sense when we read in Genesis Chapter 1: 27-28. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over everything living thing that moveth upon the earth”. Therefore, it is very important to understand that humankind was created by God for stewardship of the earth and to be more precisely “Care-Takers” of all living and nonliving entities. This conclusion was reached in a 2-days symposium on Christian Creation Stewardship on May 6-7, 2012 in North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. This symposium goal was to bridge the widening gap between science and ecology, as emphasized in a dialogue between a scientist-believer and a theologian-philosopher  (George and Little, 2013). …read more | View PDF

Rowley
Heretical though the title of this essay sounds, there’s no need to warm up the tar or pluck the chickens. The heresy lies not here, but rather in a truncated Gospel, which has effectively dis-placed the good news of Jesus Christ.  It’s time to re-place it. …read more | View PDF

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“Turtles have no worries, have no cares — yet has not the great world existed for them as much as for you” Henry David Thoreau, 1856.  View PDF

Augustine Preface
Christ’s apostles were punished and persecuted mercilessly for telling the truth and they paid the price by shedding their blood for obeying God for preaching the gospel and carrying the message of the Messiah to all of the world as the risen Christ commanded through the ‘Great Commission (Mathew 28: 19-20). In the Mediterranean world, the upheaval against Christianity was at its peak even at the fifth century. The Goths, a Germanic tribe, invaded Rome and virtually sacked the Roman Empire in 410 AD. Christianity was established in 380 AD as the official faith of the Roman Empire. The Bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine (354 – 430 AD)  wrote his monumenatal opus to respond to the Pagan’s complaints and titled his book as “The City of God.” He lived then in the Roman Empire in what is now Algeria. Next to St. Paul, St. Augustine must be recognized, in my opinion, as one of the early founders of Christianity He essentially merged Greek philosophy of Plato and Aristotle with Christian theology. ...read more | View PDF

Augustine for Environmental Ethics
At the heart of every ethical system rests a summum bonum––the thing that is reckoned the ultimate good with supreme value. This means that the question of value rests near the center of any ethical system. Some logical questions arise from a consideration of the summum bonum: What is of the greatest value? How are lesser values determined and evaluated? This essay will assume the answer to the first question while arguing for a conceptual framework for the second, particularly in light of Augustine’s cosmology and the contemporary question of environmental ethics.…read more | View PDF

Pember Theory X
We live in a world today with so many races, ethnic conflicts, sectarian clashes, and ideological confrontations, many cultures with too many languages and a multitude of world views. However, we are united with God, the Creator spiritually since this spirituality is in essence the cementing glue to unite all people with God as it is bound to happen, as narrated in Revelation. …read more | View PDF

Second Symp Abstracts
Prof. Bob George. President, GIBS.
Sorry about the long delay in responding to you. There were several reasons for the delay. First is I have been waiting for a I used to work with to firm up his visit dates to NC to see me and his old major professor Rich Noble. The guy I’m hosting has us up to his cabin in MN for a couple weeks of fishing and fellowship each year in September. I still don’t have any dates, his brother died and things are all up in the air…. View PDF

Lamoureaux
Denis Lamoureux is Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. Lamoureux wrote this book as a more accessible version of his earlier 500-page Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution. His spiritual journey plays a significant role in the current work. He grew up in a Christian home believing in a literal six-day creation. A college biology class convinced him that Darwinian evolution was true and he became an atheist. A few years after college he experienced a powerful conversion while reading the Gospel of John. He returned to school to earn a doctorate in biology for the express purpose of refuting evolution. While in graduate school he was once again convinced that evolution is a historical fact, but instead of reverting back to atheism he instead embraced theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism). Today Lamoureux is an active member of a Charismatic church and affirms evangelical distinctives such as the historicity of the virgin birth and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, he rejects the historicity of Adam and Eve, and this puts him at odds with most evangelicals. Lamoureux contends that an abandonment of a literal original couple and a concomitant redefinition of the inspiration of Scripture do no damage to the Gospel or biblical authority. …Read More | View PDF

Denis Alexander Revised
Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director and a Fellow of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, England.  Dr. Alexander is an internationally respected molecular immunologist and biochemist.  He is a prolific writer on science and religion, a former journal editor, and is a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. In addition to this book, Dr. Alexander has written, edited, or co-authored/edited nine other books.  Dr. Alexander is also an evangelical Christian. While not uniquely situated to write on the subject of this book, Dr. Alexander, as a professed molecular evolutionary biologist and neoDarwinian, as well as an evangelical Christian who has a strong belief in the inerrancy of God’s Holy Word, he is more than qualified.   … Read more | View PDF

Pollution and the Death of Man
Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of his life with his family in Huemoz, Switzerland until shortly before his death. The move to Europe in 1948 was to establish a Presbyterian children’s work in war-torn Europe. However, in 1955 he and his wife Edith established a Christian ministry which they named L’Abri (Fr. Shelter). Here his initial children’s ministry took a different path as Schaeffer started to reach out to university students with the Christian message. In May 1960 Time magazine carried an article on Schaeffer referring to him as missionary to the European intellectual. ... Read more | View PDF

Wilson Review
E.O. Wilson’s The Creation is a cri de coeur on behalf of a wounded planet, a planet he argues can only be healed if religious believers and scientists join forces to save it.  He presents his call in the form of a letter to a Baptist pastor, with whom Wilson shares the common experiences of having been called to the altar as a boy, and undergoing baptism into the Baptist church.  Of course Wilson, famous to lay (so to speak) audiences not as a religious thinker, but as a scientist and communicator of science, has long since left the fold, and attempts to engage with his imagined interlocutor as a secular humanist, an American, and a Southerner.  … Read more | View PDF

Language of God Rev
E.O. Wilson’s The Creation is a cri de coeur on behalf of a wounded planet, a planet he argues can only be healed if religious believers and scientists join forces to save it.  He presents his call in the form of a letter to a Baptist pastor, with whom Wilson shares the common experiences of having been called to the altar as a boy, and undergoing baptism into the Baptist church.  Of course Wilson, famous to lay (so to speak) audiences not as a religious thinker, but as a scientist and communicator of science, has long since left the fold, and attempts to engage with his imagined interlocutor as a secular humanist, an American, and a Southerner.  … Read more | View PDF

Spencer Book Review
What is sustainability? How can religious ideas and language be engaged for promoting sustainability? Given the popularity of the word sustainability in common environmental dialogues and the growing religious tinge of many ecological discussions, these questions are significant. In his recent book, Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment, Lucas F. Johnston seeks to define and describe the history of the concept of sustainability and to demonstrate how religious organizations have positively impacted sustainability movements, in pursuit of an answer for these two key questions.   … Read more | View PDF

Sleeth’s Book Review
Book Review by Professor Robert Y. George Ph.D., President, George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, and Science-Advisor and Honorary Fellow, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. View PDF

Francis Schaeffer Medal/Cross
The Nomination Committee for Francis Schaffer Medal/Cross (Dr. Robert Y. George , Chair; Dr. Bruce A. Little, Dr. Bouma-Prediger and Dr. Rusty Pritchard) is pleased to announce that the following two individuals are now selected as the first chosen recipients of the prestigious Francis/Schaffer Medal/Cross in recognition of their contributions to promote Christian Creation Stewardship. View PDF

Whitepaper
A PERIODICAL TO PROMOTE DIALOGUES BETWEEN SECULAR AND CHRISTIAN (LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE) SCIENTISTS AND THEOLOGIANS “TO SERVE GOD AND SAVE THE PLANET Read more |  View PDF