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 …

Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould

A topic that comes up often in the discussion of science and religion is Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of non-overlapping magisteria or NOMA. Many papers, articles, and books refer to this principle – sometimes agreeing, more often  disagreeing significantly from both sides. In this book Gould introduces and explains the concept as he intended it.

Posts: NOMA and Rocks of Ages, No Miracles Allowed?, Gould, Bryan, and the Importance of NOMA, Not Benevolent, Warm, and Fuzzy.

5 Questions Science & Religion edited by Gregg D. Caruso

This book uses interviews with a range of scholars from various perspectives to present answers to five question questions concerning science and religion. Are science and religion compatible? Does Gould’s proposal of NOMA describe the relationship between science and religion? What are the most important questions?

Posts: 5 Questions … and Some Answers, What Is Religion Anyway?, Materialism Isn’t Enough,