Tallmadge -- Retired Lutheran pastor Dr. George. L. Murphy, of Tallmadge, recently published his sixth book, "Models of Atonement: Speaking about Salvation in a Scientific World" in May 2013.
Murphy has a doctorate in physics from Ohio University and also graduated with a degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary.
Murphy became a Lutheran pastor in 1983 at St. Mark in Tallmadge. He worked there for 15 years and then went on to work for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron until his retirement in 2008.
Though retired, Murphy still tries to be active in the church. He continues to preach and teach about issues relating to the dialogue between science and religion.
Murphy has been writing on this topic for more than 30 years.
"The relationship between science and religion is being more and more greatly discussed these days," said Murphy.
Murphy has written and given talks about issues connected to creation, evolution, the Big Bang theory, and environmental issues.
"I have done a great deal in that area because those are the main issues people are interested in," said Murphy.
Recently, Murphy has begun to talk about the idea of salvation and how to understand the work of Christ in a scientific world.
Murphy is a faculty member at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. He teaches a course there on his ideas about religion and science every couple of years.
Murphy hopes preachers can use this book to talk about important issues such as sin, evolution changes, and how humanity began.
"Sin is a basic problem we need to get some understanding of," said Murphy. "We need to understand what exactly we are being saved from when it comes to our salvation."
The book can be purchased from publisher Leonard Flachman at publisher@lutheranUpress.org for $18. A paper back version can also be purchased on Amazon.com. The Learned Owl in Hudson is also carrying copies and can order more books for customers if necessary.
Other titles by Murphy include "The Trademark of God" (Morehouse-Barlow, 1985), "Cosmic Witness" (with Lavonne Althouse and Russell Willis (CSS, 1996), "Toward a Christian View of a Scientific World" (CSS, 2001), "The Cosmos in the Light of the Cross" (Trinity Press International, 2003) and "Pulpit Science Fiction" (CSS, 2006).
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