Index of Posts

Over the last several years we have discussed many books relevant to the issues of science and faith or faith with intellectual integrity. One of the overriding themes of this discussion is a conviction that God and his creation will make sense as we contemplate and consider the questions raised by modern science. It is difficult to find much of the material on the blog, however. This page provides links to the various books and topics and in an organized fashion. It should be noted that some of the material could be listed under multiple headings. For the most part I have avoided doing that and have linked each book or post only under the most appropriate heading. Most of these posts were written by RJS, some by Scot, a few by others. Currently all of the links are to the posts on Jesus Creed. I may add a page with links to these posts on this blog at a later date.

(Check back often – more is added to this page all the time)

Books on Science and Faith

The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl Giberson and Francis Collins.

This book addresses in narrative form the questions that Francis Collins received by letter and emails following the publication of his 2006 book  The Language of God.

Posts: The Language of Science and Faith, How Do We Relate Science and Religion?, Are the Laws of Nature Free?, Evolution, Entropy, and Human Beings 1, Evolution, Entropy, and Human Beings 2, Providential Evolution.

Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach by Vern Poythress

This book looks at approaches available to reconcile science and faith. The author is a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and takes a conservative and reformed approach to scripture. He describes how he finds it possible to reconcile science, including evolutionary biology, with faith and scripture.

Posts: Science, Faith, and Vern Poythress; Parts One, Two, Three

The Language of God by Francis Collins

This book, written by an eminent scientist and Christian, gives Dr. Collins’s story of faith,  looks at the evidence for evolutionary creation and explains his approach to the questions of science and faith.

Posts: The Language of God: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six.

Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology) by Daniel Harrell

This book is an engaging and conversational look at the issues that evolution raises for faith. An excellent introductory book.

Post: Evolution and Fundamentalism, I’ll Be a Monkey’s Cousin, The Tortuous and Torturous Path of Evolution, A Competent CreatorBeing Drawn Toward the Future.

Theology After Darwin edited by R.J. Berry and Michael Northcott

This book contains 11 scholarly essay on theology in the context of evolution.

Posts: Theology After Darwin 1, What About Intelligent Design?, Theology After Darwin 3, Evolution and Environmentalism, Being Human After Darwin 1, Being Human After Darwin 2, The Age to Come — New Creation After Darwin.

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity edited by J. B. Stump and Alan Padgett.

This book consists of scholarly essays covering a variety of topics relating to the discussion of science and the Christian faith. The contributors range from believers to skeptics and approach the topics from a variety of different angles. The book is designed and priced for libraries, not the casual reader, but many of the essays introduce topics worth some consideration.

Posts: Is Religion (Merely) a Natural Phenomenon?, How Would You Respond, Does the Universe Need God?

Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life by John Haught

This book presents an interesting point of view for looking at levels of meaning in creation. John Haught is a Senior Fellow in Science and Religion at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University and Professor of Theology Emeritus. His approach is rather too liberal for most evangelicals, but contains some interesting insights.

Posts: Evolution in the Key of D: Darwin, Design, and Diversity, Descent and Drama, Direction, Depth and Death, Duty and Devotion, Deity or Deism?

Coming to Peace With Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology by Darrel Falk

Darrel Falk is a professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego CA. This book is a description, arising from his own experience and his experience with college students at a Christian college, of the reconciliation of science, especially evolutionary biology, with Christian faith.

Post: At Peace With Science?

The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley

Davis Young is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Ralph Stearley is Professor of Geology and Chairman of the Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have put together a nice and readable presentation of the geological evidence for the age of the earth. This book is an excellent resource for any Pastor and any Christian struggling with the issue.

Post: The Bible, Rocks, and Time, The Age of Earth.

Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Deborah B. and Loren D. Haarsma

The Haarsma’s, both professors in the Physics Department at Calvin College, have  written a book designed for use in small groups or Sunday classes exploring the science and theology of origins – creation, evolution, and intelligent design. This book gives an even-handed presentation of the range of views, thoughtful observation, and excellent discussion questions.  The book also points the reader to online resources and contains a useful list of additional resources at the end of each chapter. The version I originally reviewed was aimed at the reformed church with some emphasis on the reformed confessions. The new version linked here is aimed at a broader Christian audience.

Post: Origins – A Resource, Should We Teach the Storehouse Theory?

Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist by Robert Asher

Robert Asher is not an atheist or agnostic; he does not rule out the existence of the supernatural or spiritual. He is, as he describes himself, a religious paleontologist. He is not evangelical, and like many he explicitly disavows the designation.  He sees the gospels as basically trustworthy with much of it (especially Paul’s letters and Mark’s gospel) written “well within the range of an oral tradition based on eyewitness accounts.” (p. 24 Evolution and Belief).

Posts: What About the Virgin Birth?.

Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything by Gerald Rau

In this book Rau lays out many of the issues involved in the controversy over origins in the church. He discusses the presuppositions and assumptions behind the various positions that Christians take on these issues. This book does not try to make a case for any given model of origins.

Posts: Origins and Models, Mapping the Debate, What is Science?, Models, Models, Models, The Origin of the Universe – Three Views, The Origin of Life, Humans … Qualitatively or Only Quantitatively Different?, One Endless Debate …

Videos and Movies on Science and Christian Faith

Test of FAITH

This web site from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion was put together to provide introductory resources for those who are interested in or troubled by the interaction between science and faith. There is a DVD: Test of Faith, Instructor’s Bundle: Includes Book, Leader’ S Guide, Study Guide, and DVD, a book: Test of Faith: Spiritual Journeys with Scientists, resources for group discussions with a leaders guide and study guides Test of Faith: Science and Christianity Unpacked, a version for youth 11-14 and 14-18 (here) and a version for kids planned, a YouTube Channel and more.

Posts: Test of Faith – Does Science Threaten Belief in God?, Test of Faith – Is Evolution a Random Process?, Are We Just the Sum of Our Neurons?

From The Dust

A new documentary film out June 2012. This film, by Ryan Pettey at Satellite Pictures, is designed to be a positive contribution to the discussion of science and faith, especially science and evangelical Christian faith.

Posts: A Leap of Truth: Evolutionary Creation and Genesis, Conversations in Creation … We Can Make a Difference!, A Conversation About Paul’s Adam, A Conversation About Genesis.

Natural Theology

God’s Universe by Owen Gingerich

An excellent small book contesting the idea that science and our understanding of the Universe eliminates purpose or design. Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science Emeritus at Harvard University.

Posts: No posts directly on the book – but several refer to the book: Knowing, Can Darwin be Saved 3, and The Heavens Declare, revised and updated: The Heavens Declare, Are We Being Fooled?.

A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology by Alister McGrath

This book is an enlarged version of his 2009 Gifford Lectures in which McGrath examines the evidence for and interpretation of fine-tuning in the universe.

Posts: A Fine Tuned Universe? Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten.

Quarks, Chaos & Christianity and Belief in God in an Age of Science.

The Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne was a very successful scientist, Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, before he resigned to study for the priesthood. He has since been a parish priest, Dean of the Chapel at Trinity Hall Cambridge and President of Queen’s College, Cambridge. After retirement he continues to write, think, and lecture about the interface between science and faith. No posts specifically on his books – but they are referred to in a number of posts.

Posts: Polkinghorne on Natural Theology and Moral Law, An Afternoon With John Polkinghorne, An Interview with John Polkinghorne, Polkinghorne on A Destiny Beyond Death, Your Favorite Joke, The Nature of Miracles.

Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science and Religion by Dean Nelson and Karl Giberson.

A biographical interaction with the life of John Polkinghorne, his move from a Professorship to the Anglican priesthood and then to his current place as one who thinks and writes about the intersection between science and the Christian faith.

Posts: Quantum Leap

Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe by Simon Conway Morris.

This book is an exploration of the evidence for evolutionary convergence – the idea that there are islands of stability and that evolution will identify these islands. Conway Morris is  Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology at Cambridge University. He is also a Christian and puts some effort into integrating his science with a Christian world view.

Posts: Evolution’s Place Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six. (Posts one and four are related to this book – but are not directly on the book.)

Theology in the Context of Science by John C. Polkinghorne.

The question asked in Theology in the Context of Science is straightforward: Can science and the study of science and religion provide a context for theology? We’ve entered an age where greater awareness of the world, understanding of history, and sensitivity to power structures and cultural influences has led to contextual theologies. Dr. Polkinghorne suggests that science is another context for theology that can enhance and inform our Christian faith.

Posts: Science and Theology – Science as Context, What Has Science Taught Us?, A Matter of Time, Are Science and Theology Complementary?, Motivated Belief.

The Wonder of the Universe: Hints of God in Our Fine-Tuned World by Karl Giberson

This book is a description of the wonder of our universe and of the process of discovery that led to our modern understanding of the universe.  It is an excellent book for a general audience – college educated perhaps (although high school students may like it as well), but with little understanding of science required. This book has none of the problem with “tone” found in some of Dr. Giberson’s other books. It is a book that can be recommended to any Christian interested in science and the Christian faith.

Posts: The Wonder of the Universe, Is Science Ever-Changing and Thus Untrustworthy?, Can We Find God Through Nature?

God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History by Harry Lee Poe and Jimmy H. Davis

Science and scientists are finding a natural explanation for all manner of phenomena formerly attributed to the work of God. This appears to squeeze God into an increasingly small corner of the universe – and many argue it removes God from the picture all together. As Laplace famously replied to Napoleon … we have “no need of that hypothesis.”  Poe and Davis are addressing these latter kinds of questions in their book. Can a transcendent and personal God really act in the universe? and Can science help us answer this question? The answers are not what one might expect.

Posts: God and the Cosmos … Intelligent Design?, The Death of Poetry?, Beyond the God of the Gaps, Uncertainty, Openness, and the Action of God, Evolution and the Creativity of God, Is it all Imagination?.

Books and Posts on Evolution, Darwinism, and Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design Uncensored by Willim Dembski and Jonathan Witt

A discussion of the concepts in intelligent design emphasizing the need to combat philosophical materialism. The scientific discussion is unsatisfactory and the book emphasizes the culture war aspects of the discussion.

Post: Questions – What about Intelligent Design?

Is Evolution a Random Process?

Tiktaalik roseae and Friends

Missing Links?

Tiktaalik roseae revisited

What’s for Dinner?

Is Intelligent design Dead?

Evolution is a Lousy Story

What’s With the Junk? (DNA that is)

No Crocoducks, But Just as Good

Evolution – A MOOC … (Well Not Quite)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Meteors, Dinosaur Droppings, and More

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer

In this book Stephen Meyer, one of the leading proponents for Intelligent Design, puts forth his case. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the origin of life is a puzzle, and the information content in DNA cannot be explained by natural means. We interacted with and critiqued some of the ideas in the book in a long series of posts.

Posts: Signature in the Cell: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine

Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl Giberson

This book covers the history of the interaction of ideas that led us to the present state of conflict between science and Christian faith.  Gilberson’s book is not a science book, it is a history book, an attempt to provide context and a sense of perspective.

Posts: Can Darwin Be Saved? Part One, Two, Three

Back to Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolutionedited by John Cobb

John B. Cobb Jr. Professor Emeritus of the Claremont School of Theology organized a conference on evolution and religion. This conference eventually gave rise to  this book of essays exploring various scientific and philosophical questions. The contributors vary dramatically in outlook and position. Cobb supplemented and organized the book with an aim to highlight ideas of emergence and process theology. This book is not for the average pastor or church member – but may prove useful for one working in a graduate school environment. It provides valuable background information.

Post: Back to Darwin?

Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation edited by Richard H. Robbins and Mark Nathan Cohen.

This book contains a series of chapters by authors ranging from Steven Jay Gould to Phillip E. Johnson and aims to structure discussion around the historical, theological,  social, and political aspects of the confrontation between science and religion. It is designed for a college classroom setting containing a range of views. It is not a Christian apologetic or perspective although it includes Christian perspectives.

Posts: Darwin and the Bible: One, Two, Three.

The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes by Denis Noble

The reductionist approach to biology described on a popular level by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene considers the purpose of any organism simply to provide a casing ensuring the survival of the genes. Information flows from the gene which is the ultimate conductor controlling the whole. Biology however, is far more complex than the reductionist emphasis on the selfish gene allows. Noble’s book explores systems biology on a lay level and helps to clarify the issues. Noble is not a Christian, but his discussion is a welcome addition.

Posts: The Music of Life,

Books on Scripture

It Starts With Genesis  a post that summarizes many of the resources listed here.

Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns

A short and very readable book(no footnotes!) that presents a useful approach to understanding the Scripture that we have as the Word of God. Dr. Enns suggests the use of an incarnational model or parallel. As Christ is fully human and fully divine – so also scripture is fully human and fully divine. Enns invites his reader to consider an important question: How does scripture’s full humanity and full divinity affect what we should expect from Scripture?

Posts: The Bible and Knowledge 5: Inspiration and Incarnation

God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship by Kenton Sparks

This book describes some of the problems identified in scripture and suggests an approach to interpretation and understanding that relies heavily on the idea of accommodation, God’s accommodation to limited human perspective. The book is written with an edge that makes it controversial, but contains many interesting ideas and useful insights. It contains more detail than the book by Peter Enns (longer and including footnotes).

Posts: Enns, Sparks, Arnold, Chapman on the OT:  One, Two, Three; The Bible and Knowledge: One, Two, Three, Four

The Last Word: Scripture and the Authority of God–Getting Beyond the Bible Wars by N. T. Wright and his revised and expanded book Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today.

Wright’s book deals specifically with purpose of Scripture and the nature of Scripture as authority by asking the following questions (among others): In what sense is the Bible authoritative?  How can the Bible be appropriately understood and interpreted?

Post: The Bible and Authority

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John Walton

In this book OT scholar and Wheaton professor John Walton offers new insight into the creation narrative in Genesis 1:1-2:3

Posts: Genesis One: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen; God, Science, and Evolution.

Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution by Denis O. Lamoureux

Dr. Lamoureux has a Ph.D. in Biology (Oral Biology–Dental Development and Evolution) and a Ph.D. in Theology. He has put a great deal of effort into thinking through the debates over science and origins in the church.  This is a book that describes a way to move beyond the creation and evolutions debates. The book takes modern science seriously but concentrates on the approach to interpretation of scripture.

Posts: Evolutionary Creation Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten.

Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins by Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III.

This book provides another angle on the question of creation and the intent of the creation narratives in Genesis combining expertise in science and Biblical Studies. Richard Carlson is a research physicist at the University of Redlands in Redlands California. Tremper Longman III is an old testament scholar, the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. The book is short and readable. The overview of creation passages in scripture, including Psalms, Isaiah, Job, and the New Testament is particularly useful.

Posts: Creation and Worldview Parts One, Two.

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John C. Polkinghorne

The Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne opens Testing Scripture with a bit of a biographical note: Scripture has been very important to me in my Christian life. For more than sixty years I have read the Bible every day. In this short book Dr. Polkinghorne describes his approach to scripture through eyes of faith, with a mind turned toward God, and with a practical realism for the nature of the text and how it is to be read and understood.

Posts: One, Two, Creation and Fall, Is There Ambiguity in the Bible?, Why Would a Scientist Believe the Virgin Birth?, What About the Virgin Birth?, Why would a Scientist Believe a Virgin Gave Birth?,

Genesis for Normal People by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

This short book is written in an informal voice for Christians who have little if any formal training in biblical studies. It will rock the world for some because it presents the purpose and form of the OT in general and Genesis in particular from a point of view that is distinctly different from the approach the average Christian is familiar with. A running theme from Enns and Byas is that we have to learn to read the OT through ancient eyes … this is how we can best understand the message.

Posts: Genesis for Normal People, Abraham and Israel for Normal People, Finally in Print! (and a question about Moses).

The Seven Pillars of Creation by William P. Brown

In this book Dr. Brown, professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur GA  looks at  the creation narratives – seven of them – found within the pages of the Old Testament. The question that drives the study: “What is it like to read the Bible in one hand and the journal Science in the other? … What is it like to be both a sage and a psalmist, a steward of creation’s mysteries and a servant of Christ?” According to Brown we need both an empirical appreciation for the world God created, a sense of wonder, and an appreciation for the revelation of God’s story in scripture.

Posts: Seven Pillars of Creation, Creation, Cosmology, and Context, Creation According to God … As Told to Job, Creation By God … According to Wisdom.

The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically & Religiously by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, and Daniel J. Harrington

Three Old Testament scholars, one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant, explore the question of how a believer can reconcile the results of biblical scholarship, including historical criticism with religious faith. They accept the clear results of scholarship but reject the extremes to which it is taken in some of the academy. This book consists of a short introduction on the historical/critical reading of the Old Testament, and then follows through with an essay by each of these scholars, and a response by each of other two.

Posts: The Bible and the Believer, The Roles of Biblical Criticism, My Bible – A Jew’s Perspective, Indispensable but Insufficient!, Promise and Fulfillment?, The Bible Is Not the Center.

In the Beginning … We Misunderstood by Johnny V. Miller and John M. Soden

This book explores the meaning of Genesis, starting with the question: What did Genesis mean to the original authors and readers? Johnny Miller (ThM, ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) and John Soden (ThM, PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) have a rather conservative take on the interpretation of scripture. They assume the basic truthfulness of the text, including Genesis, but ask questions about the meaning of Genesis 1 in its original context. They argue against a concordist view of the relationship between science and scripture. Modern science (or in fact any science beyond that of the original ANE culture) should not be read into or out of the biblical text.

Posts: With Modern Eyes We Misunderstand.

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary)

A commentary providing background context for the various books of the Bible. The background commentary on Genesis was written by John Walton.

Posts: The Garden in Ancient Context, Babel in Ancient Context,

Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation

Views on Genesis 1-2 and responses by a number of primarily Old Testament scholars. Contributors include John Walton, Tremper Longman III, C. John Collins, Kenneth Turner, Tod Beall, Jud Davis, and more.

Posts: Christian Education and the Question of Origins,

Books of the Bible and Bible Commentaries

Job

The book of Job is a profound and often overlooked or misunderstood book. While it is not directly related to the science-faith discussion a close look at this book can help to undercut some non-biblical assumptions at work in 21st century evangelicalism. The book is also of great value on its own merits. Two commentaries – Job (The NIV Application Commentary) by John Walton and Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) by Tremper Longman III form the basis of a series of posts on the book of Job.

Posts: Wow, JobJustice or Wisdom?, The Accuser is not Satan, Job is Innocent… And He Proves Faithful, Job’s Lament (And What’s in it For Me?), God’s Role in the Cosmos, Is God Just?, I Know That My Redeemer Lives, Oh Where Wisdom? (Hint – Not in Science), Let My Arm Fall From the Shoulder!, Remember, God Doesn’t Need You, And Then God Speaks … About Creation, And Then God Instructs (or Rebukes?)… Job and Us God’s Creation … Chaos Creatures and What is “Good”?, Job and the Question of Suffering, God Blesses Job … New Children to Replace Those Lost?.

Other Posts on the Nature of Scripture

The Problem of Joshua

Start With Isaiah

The Mighty Mysterious Camel

Reading the Old Testament

Should Reading the Bible Make One an Atheist?

A Literal Reading of Scripture

Reflections on Reading Genesis 1-3

Is It (Or “OT”) All About Land?

Wait! No Sea?

Chew It Through Afresh

No Scientific Revelation in the Bible!

Reading Genesis for All it is Worth!

The Primacy of Scripture, Adam, and the Fall

It is a Defiling Skin Disease … Say What?

Creation Groans; But Why?

Wither the Fig Tree, Whither the Wandering Saints

Context is Key

The Whole Sweep of Scripture

Absolute Perfection? … Oh My

Throwing the Bible Under the Bus?

Can the Bible be read both critically and religiously?

A Conspiracy of Silence?

The Bible and Authority Revisited

The Bible and Authority Revisited 2

Constitution or Conversation?

Science, Scripture, and Worldview

Collected Stories?

The Primacy of Scripture and the Fall

Romans 8: Creation Groans

Satire or History? (A post on the book of Jonah)

Intellectual Integrity: Science, Scripture, Faith and the Academy

Religious People are Less Intelligent?

Faith and Vocation – As a Scientist

Skepticism and (Not Needing) the Last Word

Do Faith Claims Have a Place?

A Search for Acceptance?

Wright, Hays, and History as Apologetic

Christian Worldview – Is There a Place?

Evangelical … With Intellectual Integrity

Christianity and Higher Education

Are You There God? It’s Us, Scientists

Evolution Isn’t the Problem

Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

Francis Collins, in the brief stretch between stints as head of the Human Genome Project at NIH and, now, Director of NIH, put together an anthology of readings he finds helpful in discussing rational reasons for belief in God. The essays and excerpts in this book will not provide a proof for the existence of God – no such proof is possible. But they do provide arguments and reasons for belief.

Posts: belief, the modern case, story or history, what is the point, the meaning of life, the problem of evil and suffering, the problem of evil and forgiveness.

Christian letters to a post-Christian world (also available under the title The Whimsical Christian: 18 Essays),  a selection of essays by Dorothy Sayers

Unfortunately out of print now.  Sayers deserves a far broader readership than she receives. She was much more than just a writer of detective stories. Her insights (not to mention her incredible power with the pen) still speak today. Many of these essays speak today as powerfully as they did when originally written more than half a century ago. Sayers spoke into a academic and intellectual culture that struggles today as it did then with the depth of Christian faith.

Posts: We Must Believe in Age, The Greatest Drama Ever Staged, We Must Believe in Age Redux, Story and History, The Greatest Drama Ever Staged (repost),

The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms edited by Michael Welker.

This book contains a series of articles by both Western and Orthodox Christian thinkers exploring the role of the Spirit. In the upcoming weeks I will post on a number of the articles in this book.

Posts: Spirit or Scripture?, The Spirit in Creation, The Spirit of God in Evolutionary History, The Benefit of a Spirit-Breathed Perspective, The Spirit of Life,

Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund

This book draws on an extensive survey of nearly 1700 professors at twenty one “elite” universities, in seven core disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, sociology, economics, political science, and psychology), augmented by detailed interviews with 275 of them. The book uses 10 representative anecdotal stories to flesh out and personalize the findings. This book is well written, easy to read, and (speaking as a lab rat) she hits the target. I find nothing surprising, but much that provokes thought.

Posts: What do Scientists Really Think?: One, Two, Does Ph. D. –> Atheism?, God on the Quad?, Myths We Believe …

For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom by Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post.

This book provides a historical description of the development of the ideals of academic freedom in the US, including the forces that have push for and against academic freedom.

Posts: For the Common Good One, Two.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn.

While Kuhn’s premise – that scientific revolutions represent changes in an accepted conceptual framework more than progress toward an objective truth – is rightly criticized by many, his insight and insistence that the conceptual frameworks of science are always influenced by historical and social factors remains an important, even revolutionary, contribution. Many Christians use Kuhn’s ideas about the nature of scientific revolutions to dismiss modern scientific views and stick with a more traditional view of creation.

Post: (Paradigm) Shift Happens.

Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities by Warren Nord

Warren Nord (1946-2010) was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities and Human Values at UNC–Chapel Hill a position he held for 25 years.  With a Ph.D. in philosophy his area of interest was in religion, morality, and education. In this book, published in 2010 he addresses the role of religion in a liberal education. He is not looking to indoctrinate students in any religious tradition, rather he thinks it important that we acknowledge the role that religion plays in human society.

The Scandal of Secular Indoctrination, Religion in Science Courses?, Religion in Economics Courses?

Books on Doubt

Doubting by Alister McGrath

An excellent, short book on doubt, deals with this issue in a useful and pastoral way. Especially good suggestions for students and scholars confronted with challenges. It concentrates on approaches to questions more than answers for questions.

Post: Doubt, Those Who Doubt, Off to College … Into?.

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans.

This book is the memoir of a young Christian wrestling with the meaning and implications of Christian faith. It is well written and easy to read, with a thread of encouragement for the future. The issues that trouble Rachel include science and evolution, but the more important issues deal with hell and judgment.

Posts: Facing the Future in Community, Book Review by Justin Topp, Evolving Faith 1, Evolving Faith 2.

Doubt, An Essay by Pete Enns

How Can You Be A Christian?

… Or Eruptions of Conflict

Doubt, The Reformation, and Sola Fide

Young Earth, Old Earth, and Questions for Faith

Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Ronald Osborn

Ronald Osborn was raised to believe in a young earth, with creation in six 24 hour days. In the original creation there was no mortality and no predation. The attraction the lions have for a young Cape buffalo is a consequence of human rebellion in the sin of Adam and Eve. This sin produced not just death, but also a myriad of anatomical changes in the animals populating the garden and the world. Today this seems an unlikely interpretation of scripture – yet the problem of animal suffering remains to be answered. This book looks at both the problems with a young earth interpretation and animal suffering in creation.

Posts: Death Before the Fall, No Interpretation Needed!?, Unwholesome Complexity, Are Stage Props Necessary?, Sola Scriptura Renewed and Renewing, From Tower Building to Tent Mending, And it Was Good … But Red in Tooth and Claw?,

A Gracious Response

The Great Debate? Nye vs. Ham

Houston, We’ve Had a Problem

Houston, We Still Have a Problem

Houston, Here’s the Situation

The Credibility of our Christian Faith (by T)

Sin, Suffering, and the Fall

A Reply to an Open Letter

Why Would God Use 4.6 Billion Years?

Why is the Universe Unfathomably Large?

The Beginning of the Gospel

Immortality is a Divine Gift

Immortality is Still a Divine Gift

Evolution and the Sting of Death

Is Evolution a Must Win Issue?

It Goes Deeper

A Question About Evolution – Answers Anyone?

Was it Wasted Time?

Once Again: Immortality is a Divine Gift!

American Culture and Evangelicalism

The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens and Karl Giberson.

Quoting Dr. Giberson: In our new book, “The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age,” historian Randall Stephens and I look at the widespread and disturbing inability of American evangelicals to distinguish between real knowledge claims, rooted in serious research and endorsed by credible knowledge communities, and pseudo-claims made by unqualified groups and leaders that offer “faith-friendly” alternatives.

Posts: How Can We Know?, Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven.

Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line by Jason Rosenhouse.

Scot opened his series on this book: What happens to a mathematician or science-type who decides out of curiosity to spend gobs of time — weekends, conferences, reading time — with the creationists? What happens when you spend time with creationists? Jason Rosenhouse, a professional mathematician, did just that and wrote up a book about it.  It’s a good read; it’s an alarming read at times; it’s an attempt at comprehending creationists; it’s by an atheist, an evolutionist, and someone who has a hobby of wondering what makes creationists tick. He’s deeply bothered by the approach.

Posts: Among Creationists, Experiencing a Creation Conference, Creationist Struggles, Intelligent Design is Creationism 2.0.

Books on Christian Faith

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller

For the last two decades Tim Keller has ministered in Manhattan to reach an educated and largely unchurched urban population. In this book he draws on his experience to discuss seven common questions posed to deconstruct Christian belief, demonstrating that none of these need be “deal breakers.” He then spends the second half of the book reconstructing “The Reason for God” and of course, the orthodox Christian faith.

Posts: Our Reasonable Faith: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen

The book is revisited in more detail in a second series of posts.

Posts: In an Age of Skepticism, All Religion is Culturally Conditioned Truth, How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?, Absolute Truth is the Enemy of Freedom, (In)Justice in Jesus’s Name, Revisiting Hell, I Believe in Genesis, You Can’t Take the Bible Literally – Right?, The Historic Christian Faith, Echoes of a Voice, Keller and THE PROBLEM, Cosmic Consequences?, Gospel or Religion, The (True?) Story of the Cross, The Reality of the Resurrection, The Divine Dance, Now What?

The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox

Cox is the Hollis Professor of Divinity emeritus at Harvard and is best known for his 1965 book The Secular City. He also wrote When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today, a very thoughtful and thought provoking book. The Future of Faith explores the trends that Cox sees in the history of the church and his thoughts on the future of faith, including Christian faith. From his very liberal perspective – the future “Age of the Spirit” is both a good thing (away from the legalism of conservative Chrisitanity) and a bad thing (too many non western Christians actually take the Bible and the supernatural seriously).

Posts: Faith and the Future: Parts One, Two, Three, Four.

Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service by Mary Poplin.

From the Publishers description: Lifelong educator Mary Poplin, after experiencing a newfound awakening to faith, sent a letter to Calcutta asking if she could visit Mother Teresa and volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity. She received a response saying, “You are welcome to share in our works of love for the poorest of the poor.” This book describes her experiences and her realization that she could “find her Calcutta” in her home surroundings at the University.

Posts: Finding Calcutta Parts One, Two, Three.

God is Red by Liao Yiwu.

Liao Yiwu is a Chinese dissident, critical of the communist regime. In his travels around China he interviewed a number of Chinese Christians, many of whom were persecuted quite severely for their faith. He is not a Christian, but their stories interested him. He starts with a doctor who left the halls of academe to serve the poor, but from here he moves to relate the accounts of many who suffered after the communist victory and in the cultural revolution, including several who were executed. This is an interesting portrait of Christian faith through the eyes of an outsider.

Posts: Listening to Chinese Christians, Take Up Your Cross And Follow Me.

The Question of Adam

Adam, Adam, Adam …Wright

Evolution, Death, Adam, Wright

The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns

Peter Enns is an Old Testament scholar (Ph. D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard). In this book he concentrates on the interpretation of the creation stories in Genesis and the use Paul makes of these stories in Romans and 1 Corinthians. His approach is from a position of faith, but he argues that we need to rethink the way we interpret these passages in the context of their intent in scripture.

Posts: Adam in Genesis and Paul, Once More With Feeling, When was Genesis Written … and Why?, What is the Purpose of the Old Testament?, What About Enuma Elish and Other ANE Myths?, Adam and Atrahasis, YHWH is Redeemer, But is Adam Israel?, Out of Egypt? … Say What?, Is the Adam of Genesis Not Paul’s Adam?, Paul’s (First Century) Use of Scripture, Paul’s Adam and the Gospel, So How Then Should We Think About Adam?.

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care by C. John Collins

Dr. Collins is a professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis MO. His goal in writing this book is to show why he believes we should retain a version of the traditional view of Adam. He argues that the traditional position on Adam and Eve, or some variation of it, does the best job of accounting not only for the Biblical material and for our everyday experience as human beings.

Posts: The Search For the Historical Adam One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.

The Search for the Historical Adam 2. A discussion of the article and editorial in the June 2011 issue of Christianity Today.

Adam, Sin, and Death … Oh My Part 1, Part 2.

CS Lewis: Outside the Pale?

Historical Adam?

Jesus on Adam and Eve

Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins by David Livingstone

This is a readable, but thorough and academic, book looking at the history of the idea of pre-adamic or non-adamic humans in western Christian thinking from the early church (Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine) through the middle ages, the explorations of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, the debates on racial supremacy, and on to the present day. The book presents an interesting survey and puts many factors into perspective.

Posts: The Challenge of Adam: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (v. 62 no. 3 2010) Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics, and Evolutionary Science

Posts: The Fall And Sin After Darwin One, Two, Three, Four, How Much History in Gen 1-3?, Did God Create us Sinful?, What is Sin?

Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives by Peter Bouteneff

This book explores the use of the creation narratives in Second Temple Judaism (ca. 200 BCE to 100 CE), in the New Testament, and in the writings of the early church fathers through the first four centuries of the church. This is a fascinating book – a bit academic, but not too strenuous a read.

Posts: One, Two, Three, Four , Creation-Fall-Redemption is a Recent Reading?, Adam, Original Sinner not Origin of Sin, A Second Century View of Adam, Origen on Origins, Adam, and Eve, Basil Again, With a Little Athanasius on Top, Allegory or History … The Focus is on Christ, These Are the Generations of Adam.

Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Henri Blocher

A theologian looks at the question of Original Sin in the context of Romans 5.

Posts: Original Sin Returns: One, Two, Three, Four

Science, Faith, and Being Human

More Than Just Genes and Neurons

The Measures of Success

Stop Playing the Game!

The Evolution of (Im)morality

Science and Sin 1

Science and Sin 2

Science, Worship, and Fasting

Science and Christian Virtue 1

Science and Christian Virtue 2

Ambition … Virtue or Vice?

In the Image of God

Stress and the Jesus Creed

Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul by Kevin Corcoran

Dr. Corcoran s a philosopher teaching at Calvin College and specializing in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He is a philosopher who connects philosophy with bible, theology, faith, and science. This book is a development of a view of persons as fully embodied beings.

Posts: Science, Body, and Soul part 1, part 2, part 3, The Stem Cell Challenge, Science, Body, Soul and Resurrection.

Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible by Joel B. Green

Dr. Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament interpretation and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before that he served on the faculty and administration of Asbury Theological Seminary. When Joel Green became interested in the questions of body and soul he responded by pursuing the topic from biblical, theological, philosophical, and scientific directions. Although trained in New Testament, he began graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky. While he didn’t finish a degree he has a more complete perspective on the topic than many theologians or philosophers. Borrowing from the product description, in this book he explores “what Scripture and theology teach about issues such as being in the divine image, the importance of community, sin, free will, salvation, and the afterlife.”

Posts: Being Human One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.

Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a psychiatrist in private practice, and this book comes from his study and experience in this context. The book explores the relationship between brain and mind and looks at the impact a better understanding of this relationship might have on both spiritual practices and relationships. As a Christian, Dr. Thompson looks at the impact new findings in neuroscience have on our understanding of Christian practice and transformation.

Post: Anatomy of the Soul

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Half the Sky is a powerful book that explores the oppression of women worldwide, from rape, sex-trafficking, and maternal mortality to domestic violence, “cutting” and infanticide. Half the Church takes this and looks at biblical portraits of women and at the need for action.

Post: Half the Sky and the Power of Story.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by by Tim Keller with Katherine Leary Alsdorf

If you happen to, oh say, teach at a seminary or pastor in a church it is relatively easy to see how your work connects to Gods work. If, on the other hand, you happen to run a business, work as a secretary, repair cars, or be on the faculty of a major secular University it can be somewhat harder. This book grows out of the experience Keller has had with younger adults (and older adults I expect) as they wrestle with what it means to be Christian in all aspects of life, including work. Every Good Endeavor is an interesting book, exhibiting some of the best of Keller as he focuses on a “merely Christian” approach to work. He draws on insights from Scripture (Both Genesis and Ecclesiastes plays a significant role) and from a broad range of scholars and thinkers, including Christian thinkers such as Dorothy Sayers, Andy Crouch, JRR Tolkien, Mark Noll, and many more.

Posts: Every Good Endeavor, When Work Goes Wrong, Connecting Gospel and Work.

Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature by Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown

Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience by Malcolm Jeeves

Malcolm Jeeves is a Christian, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of St. Andrews. Of late he has been thinking and writing about the intersection of mind and brain and the relationship of the psychology and neuroscience with Christian faith and religious belief.  The first book provides an overview of the relationship between neuroscience, psychology, and religion. In this book Jeeves and Brown survey the history and current state of neuroscience with emphasis on the interface with religion. The second book covers much of the same material but does so in a conversational, question and answer style. This being the 21st century the format of the conversation is not an exchange of long letters, but an exchange of e-mails, short and long, over a course of undergraduate studies. Although the presentation is a fictional conversation, the questions posed by “Ben” represent the cumulative experience of  more than half a century interacting with students taking psychology.

Posts: Ask Jeeves!, Beware Neuromaniacs and Darwinitis!, How Free Am I?, The Power of Ideas, Both Body and Soul, Are Only Humans Moral?,

Skeptics of Religion

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer.

Posts: Is it All a Trick of the Mind?

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist by Christof Koch

Christof Koch is a Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at CalTech. He was raised in a Roman Catholic family, son of a German diplomat, traveled a great deal in his childhood and youth: Missouri, Amsterdam, Bonn, Ottawa, and Rabat. He writes, among other things “about the wellsprings of [his] inner conflict between religion and reason” and “why [he] grew up wanting to be a scientist.” In the last chapter he comes back and muses about the relationship between science and religion and the existence of God. He wanders through the experience of some 32 years  studying consciousness, neuroscience, and will; 26 of them as a professor at CalTech. He introduces the science and reflects on it.

Posts: Even the MacBook Air Is Not Sentient,The Wellsprings of Conflict, Qualia, Consciousness, and Zombies.

Neither Gods Nor Beasts by Elof Axel Carlson

Carlson is a geneticist who taught biology for decades at UCLA and at Stony Brook. He calls himself a non-theist, and has little appreciation for religious faith. He is not, however, a militant atheist. The premise of his book is that humans are distinct from other animals in possessing reason and his argument is one for science, science education, and the use of reason.

Posts: Reason, Revelation, and Relationship, Neither Gods Nor Beasts.

Miracles

The Miracles of Creation

Did Jesus Really Walk on Water?

Science and Christianity … Why Resurrection?

Why Cross and Resurrection?

A Miraculous Creation

Wait, No Miracles? … Wright On!

Naturalism and Christian Faith

Is Free Will Anti-Science

What Role Naturalism? 1

What Role Naturalism? 2 – Insights from Thomas

Investigating the Unnatural – Is Science the Religion of the 21st Century?

Investigating the Unnatural – Why Believe in God?

Is Naturalism Christian?

Science as Religion Revisited

Free Will is an Illusion?

Approaches to Conversation on Science, Faith, and Evolution

Is Faith a Threat to Science?

Communication Fail!

Can We Dialogue?

Science and Faith – A Pastoral Approach

Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story – The Story of Genesis

Telling Our Story – The Story of Jesus

A Statement on Science, Faith, and Human Origins

Science and the Evangelical Mission

Who Can We Trust?

Science as Critical Thinking

Conflict or Not?

A Slippery Slope … or A Two Way Street?

Communicating Science

Pastors Unconvinced … Now What?

Is Science Merely Wisdom of This World?

How Should We Respond?

What Do We Have to Offer?

Evangelical Evolutionists … and an Opportunity

Theology … The Queen of the Sciences?

We Need More of This!

Evolutionary Creation in the News

A Pastor’s Approach to Science

Creation, Evolution, and US Pastors

Scot gave a talk at a BioLogos posted on Jesus Creed in three parts.

Posts: With a tear in his eye, Theologians Thinking with Scientists, Where do we go from here?

Comments, Trolls, and Teaching

Most Americans are Fine With Evolution (most white evangelicals are not)

Miscellaneous Posts

The Bible and That “Women” Question

That “Women” Question

It is a Conundrum Pt. 1

It is a Conundrum Pt. 2

12 Reasons

Bias or Just Natural?

Congratulations Graduates

Just Like Me?

Soon and Very Soon

Ignorance: Does it Drive Both Science and Theology?

The Things People Do To Nature

Where Do You Start?

Evangelicals on Evolution, Women, and the Future

The World’s Oceans – Should We Worry?

How Not to Succeed in …

Scientific Progress or A Step Too Far?

Doodle Now … Learn More

Following Aslan

Is Marriage Overblown?

If Everyone Else is on Steroids …

Is Science Failing Us?

Reflections on Sticky Faith and the King Jesus Gospel

Do We Have an Extrovert Ideal?

No, it is Not a “God Particle”

Dark Matter, String Theory, and Heaven

Theology, Science, and Global Warming

Love Is the Name of the Game.