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Endorsements and Reviews:  What People are Saying About “The Prism and the Rainbow” 

Dr. Andrew Lustig, Davidson College
Dr. Ken Miller, Brown University
Dr. Kevin Padian, Univ. California Berkeley
Dr. David C. Steinmetz, Duke University Divinity School
Dr. Michael Ruse, Florida State University
Dr. John F. Haught, Georgetown University
Dr. Linda Silver, Great Lakes Science Center
Rob Seitz, CEO, Applied Genomics, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama
Dr. Jarvis Streeter, California Lutheran University
Dr. Dallas Willard, University of Southern California

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"In this balanced and accessible discussion of evolutionary theory and Christianity, Joel Martin offers his readers a thoughtful way beyond the usual rhetoric of “conflict” between Darwinism and religious belief.  Martin’s critique of creationism and Intelligent Design is sharply focused without being strident, while his own constructive synthesis is imaginative and insightful. This brief book provides a splendid example of how a respectful dialogue between science and spirituality can enrich both perspectives."
-Dr. Andrew Lustig, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

Andrew Lustig is the Holmes Rolston III Professor of Religion and Science at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina.  He received his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Virginia and holds advanced degrees in the History of Science from Princeton University and in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has published eight books in medical and public policy ethics, is the author of more than 130 other articles and book chapters, and writes the regular "Ethics Watch" column for Commonweal magazine. Dr. Lustig is a founding co-editor of the journal Christian Bioethics and was the editor of the multi-volume Bioethics Yearbook series for Kluwer Academic Publishers. He has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards, and is currently a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

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"Joel Martin's marvelous book echoes the sentiments of Charles Darwin himself, who reminded readers of The Origin that one cannot be too learned "in the book of God's word, or in the book of God's work."  It is a powerful testament to the compatibility of faith and reason, and demonstrates with remarkable clarity that the conflict between religion and evolution is a false and contrived choice that does justice to neither science nor religion."
-Dr. Ken Miller, Brown University

- Kenneth R. Miller did his undergraduate work at Brown, and earned a Ph.D. in 1974 at the University of Colorado. He spent six years at Assistant Professor at Harvard University before returning to Brown University in 1980. His research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 50 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL, Nature, and Scientific American. Miller is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of three different high school and college biology textbooks that are used by millions of students nationwide. He has received 5 major teaching awards and currently is Professor of Biology at Brown. He is also the author of Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, published by HarperCollins in November of 1999, and Only A Theory:  Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul  (Viking, New York, 2008). 

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"Teenagers need a place where they can get straight talk and reputable answers about evolution, all the more so if they come from religious backgrounds that prepare them to mistrust what they might be told.  Jody Martin provides a safe place for them.  He is a first-class, accomplished scientist and a dedicated Christian, and his is a perspective well worth listening to."
-Dr. Kevin Padian, Department of Integrative Biology, Univ. California Berkeley

- Kevin Padian, renowned teacher, speaker, and evolutionary biologist at the University of California Berkeley, is author of Natural Selection and Evolutionary Change; Are there transitional forms in the fossil record?; The Evolution-Creation Controversy II: Perspectives on science, religion, and geological education; and other works. 

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"Dr. Martin has written an accessible and interesting introduction to evolution for teenagers, who are afraid that the basic theories of modern biological science are incompatible with their Christian faith.  Martin shows why this is not so and why their commitment to the belief that God is creator should stimulate rather than discourage their study of natural science.  The book meets a real need in Christian education."  
-Dr. David C. Steinmetz, Duke University Divinity School

David C. Steinmetz is the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity and general editor of the Oxford Studies in Historical Theology.  He is also a former president of the American Society of Church History.

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"The Prism and the Rainbow is a wonderful introduction to the evolution-creation debate by someone who is a practicing scientist but who is also deeply understanding of and sympathetic to those for whom their Christian faith is all important.  It is written for young people and I believe would find eager response from them.  I think it would be a wonderful book to use in discussions both at school and at church.  I could see it having a wide readership and doing much good in the direction of reconciling those who want to run with the hare of science and hunt with the hounds of religion." 
-Dr. Michael Ruse, Florida State University

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. He is the author of Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship Between Science and Religion (2000); Darwin and Design: Does Evolution have a Purpose? (2003); The Evolution-Creation Struggle (2005); and many other books on the topic.

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"Professor Martin has a very good understanding of the relationship of science to religion.  He applies that understanding effectively in this sensitive and sensible discussion of evolution and Christian faith."
-Dr. John F. Haught, Georgetown University

John F. Haught is Senior Fellow, Science and Religion, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University.  His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, ecology, and religion.  He is the author of Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (Paulist Press, 2001); God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (Perseus Books/Westview Press, 2000); Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation (Paulist Press, 1995); The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1993); Mystery and Promise: A Theology of Revelation (Liturgical Press, 1993); What Is Religion? (Paulist Press, 1990); The Revelation of God in History (Michael Glazier Press, 1988); What Is God? (Paulist Press, 1986); The Cosmic Adventure (Paulist Press, 1984); Nature and Purpose (University Press of America, 1980); Religion and Self-Acceptance (Paulist Press, 1976); and editor of Science and Religion in Search of Cosmic Purpose (Georgetown University Press, 2000) as well as numerous articles and reviews. He lectures often on topics related to science, theology and ecology. He recently established the Woodstock Theological Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Georgetown.

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"Dr. Martin explains why Christians should have confidence in their faith while accepting the science of evolutionary biology.  There is no conflict between Christianity and evolution, and Dr. Martin explains why with extraordinary clarity.  This book should be required reading for all Christian teens."
-Dr. Linda Silver, President and Director, Great Lakes Science Center

Linda Silver, a nationally-respected museum executive and educator, is President and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, one of America's largest interactive science museums. Dr. Abraham is the author of the soon-to-be-published A Comparative Study of American, Australian, British and Canadian Museum Visitors’ Understanding of the Nature of Evolutionary Theory, a study that formed part of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern California.

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"A concise and clear explanation of how science and faith are not at war with each other but instead can complement our understanding of the world that God created."
-Rob Seitz, CEO, Applied Genomics, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama

Rob Seitz is cofounder of the biotechnology firm Applied Genomics and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA. 

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"Professor Martin has produced a concise yet comprehensive exposition of the fundamental issues in the debates between (and among) Christians and evolutionary biologists on creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution.  It addresses all the key issues, both biological and theological, in a form and language easily accessible for Christian laity, including teens, and evaluates them fairly and with erudition.  I would recommend this book without hesitation for use in both parish and university settings."
-Dr. Jarvis Streeter, California Lutheran University

Jarvis Streeter is Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University.  A specialist in historical, systematic and philosophical theology, and the interaction of science and theology, Dr. Streeter has particular interests in the Christian doctrines of Christology, soteriology, human nature and sin as well as historical Jesus studies and the relationship between science and technology. He has served as a parish pastor, taught high school in an East African village and worked on an archaeological dig in Israel. Dr. Streeter has also studied as a Research Fellow at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.  He is the author of Human Nature, Human Evil and Religion:  Ernest Becker and Christian Theology.

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The Prism and the Rainbow provides a very effective introduction to arguments—some good, some bad—swirling around evolution and its critics in contemporary churches and their social context. A careful, critical reading of it could help young people get off to a good start in dealing with issues that trouble many people today.
-Dr. Dallas Willard, University of Southern California

Dallas Willard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.  A well known writer and speaker in the areas of phenomenology, epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and religion, he is the author of The Spirit of the Disciplines (1988), The Divine Conspiracy (1998), Hearing God (1999), Renovation of the Heart (2002), Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge (2009), and other books.  Dr. Willard has also served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and of Biola University.  

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