Secular Hermeneutics

The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science
by Peter Harrison
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998
(313 pages; $64.95, cloth)

reviewed by James Altena

As a whole, Peter Harrison’s The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science will likely attract only a few academic specialists among Touchstone readers. However, its central thesis and specific insights are of much more general interest because of their implications for current controversies involving science and religion, such as the critique of evolution by proponents of Intelligent Design featured in the July/August 1999 issue.

As Harrison emphasizes, his book is a study in the history of biblical . . .

James A. Altena is the associate editor of Fanfare magazine, a comprehensive bimonthly periodical for reviews of classical music recordings. He is a member of St. Mark's Reformed Episcopal Church in Rydal, Pennsylvania, and is working toward a Ph.D. in church history at Westminster Theological Seminary.


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