The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold As Science

Paperback | June 3, 2014

bySteve Jones

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A unique contribution to the God/religion debate: a scientific take on the Bible that doesn't take sides.
     Many of the subjects studied by physicists or by biologists are found in the texts of the world's religions: the origins of the universe, of life and of mankind; fate, sex, age and death; and the prospects of eternal life or of fiery doom. The Bible is a handbook for understanding Nature and, in its own way, it succeeds. As a factual account, of course, it is out of date, but many of its statements can be rephrased in modern terms. Distinguished geneticist Steve Jones has done that: written a rivetingly accessible work on recent advances in our understanding of ourselves, using the Bible as a framework. His narrative is structured around the Good Book's grand themes, from Genesis to Revelations, and weaves a series of unexpected facts into a coherent whole.
     The struggle of rationalism with its opposite has, after decades of torpor, returned to centre stage. Polemics against and in favour of religion and atheism fill the shelves. Instead of adding to that pile, Steve Jones stands back and take a fresh look at that issue in a volume that is not an attack or a defence but which explores scriptural motifs--Creation, the Garden of Eden, original sin, the Exodus, virgin birth, the Resurrection, and the Last Judgment--using the methods and results of the latest scientific research. It is a remarkably quick jump, shows Professor Jones, from Adam to astrophysics.
    Although some of the questions raised are beyond the capabilities of science, at least a scientist can ask them in a new way. Steve Jones shows there is a better route to understanding the universe than through doctrine.

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A unique contribution to the God/religion debate: a scientific take on the Bible that doesn't take sides.      Many of the subjects studied by physicists or by biologists are found in the texts of the world's religions: the origins of the universe, of life and of mankind; fate, sex, age and death; and the prospects of eternal life or o...

STEVE JONES is the former Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution. In 1996, his writing won him the Royal Societ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.01 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780385670654

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“Steve Jones's new book The Serpent's Promise: The Bible As Science convincingly and entertainingly demolishes many [Biblical stories].” —The Express“The Serpent’s Promise is the book you’ve been waiting for. . . . a calmer and more patiently informative update of the Good Book. . . . Jones doesn’t disappoint.” —The Guardian (UK)“In this reinterpretation of both Old and New Testament, we are treated to some superbly presented genetics, coupled with pungent excursions into the territories occupied by the likes of astronomers, bookmakers, doctors and lawyers. . . . [an] important book.” —The Times “Steve Jones's scientific retelling of the Bible in The Serpent's Promise is lively and amusing. . . . paragraph by paragraph, Jones is always lively and often wickedly funny.” —New Scientist “Here, Jones is on home territory and he writes with the fluency and wit that make him one of our best science popularisers. . . . [a] largely entertaining and informative book.” —The New Statesman“Steve Jones . . . has produced an engaging and an intriguingly peculiar book.” —The Times Higher Education (UK)“Brief, eccentric and usually wrong biblical claims about the natural world are juxtaposed with elegant expositions of their scientific replacements… [The Serpent’s Promise] does not disappoint. Each of its 10 chapters contains a lively, informed and remarkably wide-ranging essay on an important and timeless topic.” —The Washington Post