Controlled Chaos - published 1 June 2020
Follow the Science? - published March 2021
Design Dissected - published May
Chitokoloki Mission Hospital is a remote but remarkable facility in the North-Western Province of Zambia. This book comes from a compilation of daily reports about life in a remote African mission hospital. It is written from a personal and clinical angle and with a surgical emphasis because that formed the bulk of the activity that has been recorded. The detailed experiences of many patients have been captured and convey the almost unbelievable reality that their experience reflects. Initially the reports formed a flowing clinical news blog and they have been assembled in book form to include the Christian context as well as insights into the reality of daily life in the local villages. Again and again these stories have been the focus of discussion and enquiry and it has been good to share the experiences to the point that others who become aware are ready to pray, support, give and even visit in order to contribute in some way to the work of the mission.
All proceeds will be donated to Chitokoloki Mission Hospital.
The theme of this book concerns the evidence for design in the complexity of life and it assembles an argument to challenge the conventional assumption that the source of the amazing systems in living things is entirely natural.
My purpose is to provide a clinician’s perspective on the evidence for real design in living things. While it is written at a popular level there are some technical details but these will be accessible to everyone. Those with a basic understanding of human biology or a background in healthcare will immediately connect with many of the examples. I have chosen some real clinical cases to illustrate particular points or to provide a backdrop to the argument as it develops. I have also tried to explore some of the amazing connected systems that exist in immunology, endocrinology, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience. Specific design scenarios such as the astonishing changes that have to take place in the human circulatory system when the placental oxygen delivery is switched off and the lungs suddenly have to come into operation at the time of birth. Had that system failed to operate for you – you would not be reading this sentence!
Follow the Science?
This book was a joint project with my friend, Alastair Noble. We recognise the huge advances made through various scientific disciplines and are amazed at the beneficial impact on society. However, we are also concerned that the essentially tentative nature of scientific conclusions is being replaced by a growing tendency to accord to science the last word on a range of subjects. While the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic of 2020 has shown some of the uncertainties associated with scientific research, this book demonstrates that these become more apparent in such fundamental areas as the origin of both life and the universe, as well as the abiding mystery of mind and consciousness. We argue persuasively that the limitations of science need to be kept in mind together with its unquestionable strength.