Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New book—should I or shouldn’t I?

I am thinking about writing another book—this time non-fiction. In fact, I have already written a couple chapters.

I want to write on the science-faith interface, but I don’t want to jump into what is already a crowded field. The world does not need another book on fine-tuning. There are at least twenty of them out there.

It seems to me that what may generate interest and provide some value is a book that is a bit heavier on the theology than most of the fine-tuning works, but yet written by someone who knows science. This would necessarily limit the audience to believers—and that, I think, is exactly what I want.

I want to argue my case to believers who are antagonistic toward science—or who believe that the Ken Ham/Russell Humphreys young-earth view is the only way to reconcile science with the Bible.

I want to argue my case to believers who think that there is a scientific conspiracy to undermine Christianity.

I want to argue that in many cases we have met the enemy, and he is us.

Given that I am by most measures a “conservative” Christian, that is I affirm biblical inerrancy—well I think there would be some value hearing it from me rather than from a scientist who may be a liberal Christian.

A scientist who is a liberal Christian would have the perspective that the Bible is not authoritative or even reliable when it does (in rare cases) speak to science. They would reconcile the Bible and science by emphasizing their orthogonality.

I would take a completely different approach—superficially similar to that of the folks at Answers In Genesis (AiG), that the Bible is authoritative and reliable even when (in rare cases) it speaks of science. The difference would be that I think mainstream physics (old earth) is perfectly harmonious with scripture—while the AiG crowd does not.

There are other themes I can imagine including, many of which I blogged about. Perhaps most importantly is the disturbing elevation of blind faith to a pious virtue—in spite the absence of any scriptural support—and the consequential holier-than-thou mistrust of those who look for God not just in His word, but also in His creation.

Anyway, just thinking out loud.

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