Posts by David Booth (Page 2)

GEOGRAPHY: Why we live on this planet

Why we live on this planet Geographer and climate modeller, Professor Mike Hulme writes in his recent book, “Why we disagree …” that the “idea of climate change should be used to rethink and renegotiate our wider social goals about how and why we live on this planet.” Reviewing the book in the Times Higher…

HISTORY: Christian conscience and slavery

The issue of ‘Cambridge Papers: towards a biblical mind’ for June 2006 is by Dr John Coffey (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Leicester) with the title, “The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action.” John Coffey concludes that “God can use conscientious Christians who think globally and act locally to…

LAW: The war within

James T. Crouse writes of his conflicted emotions as a liberal southerner on a visit to Gettysberg with his family, between the bloody defeat suffered by the Confederacy and the beginning of an end to slavery in the USA.  He concludes, “… to be human is … to forgive and to begrudge … to love…

PHYSICS: Fundamental Constants

Is this universe just right for carbon-based life because God makes it so or because it is one of many universes with diverse combinations of the fundamental constants of physics? Revd Dr Rodney Holder is a maths graduate with a DPhil in astrophysics. After 14 years in OR consulting, he gained a first in theology…

PSYCHOLOGY: Evidence on smacking

Effects of smacking on a child’s behaviour A quantitative evaluation (“meta-analysis”) of all the published research on the disciplining of children by use of physical punishment was published in March 2005 by Robert E. Larzelere and Brett R. Kuhn in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review (volume 8, pages 1-37). The authors’ conclusions indicate that…

PSYCHOLOGY: Judeo-Christian perspectives (book)

William R. Miller & Harold D. Delaney (2004).  Judeo-Christian perspectives on Psychology.  Human nature, motivation, and change.  American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.  336 pages.  ISBN 1-59147-161-3 The USA publisher’s/editors’ ‘blurb’ for this new book by Miller and Delaney is reproduced below in order to provide a general perspective on relationships between basic and applied psychological science…

Scripture and the Authority of God

Tom Wright (2005) Scripture and the Authority of GodSPCK Publishing ISBN 0281057222   Synopsis (Amazon web site)Lively & topical overview of the issues involved when the authority of scripture is cited or called into question An account of how the church does, and should, understand the authority of scripture – how do we read the…