You've seen the emblems on cars-the silver fish that tellsyou the driver is a Christian, the silver fish with feet and the nameDarwin inside that tells you she's not, and the great big silver fishthat says "Truth" gobbling up a smaller "Darwin" fish.

Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest whom Newsweek named as one of thecountry's leading preachers, says that no matterwhat those fish suggest, science and religion aren't irreconcilable.Scientists, she says, speak about mystery and enigma; they often draw onthe awe-filled language of the Psalms. And religious folk care-or oughtto, anyway-about new scientific findings.

In these essays Taylor explores theimplications of chaos theory, she muses about drawing an organizationalchart for a church that looks more like a zinnia than a pyramid, and,although there is very little to say about evolution that hasn't alreadybeen said several hundred times before, Taylor manages to write aboutDarwinism without putting readers to sleep.

Taylor's fans won't be disappointed. She offers her usual down-to-earthhonesty and eloquent wordsmithing even when her subject is quarks.

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