The ecological crises and the advances made by modern science offer serious challenges to the human community as we face the third millennium. How do we understand ourselves as part of an expanding cosmos and the evolutionary history of life on Earth? This book attempts to answer this, and other, fundamental questions. By listening to what the scriptures have to say about creation, and reflecting on the findings of contemporary science in the light of these biblical insights, this book develops a view of human beings in relation to other creatures. It is a view that seeks to be faithful to both the Christian tradition and to science, and holds together a commitment to both social justice and ecology.