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,

Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel

This book looks at the flaws in many of the arguments found in the books, articles, and lectures of the so-called New Atheists. Aczel is the author of a number of popular books on science. In this book he is not writing from any faith tradition, but is exposing what he sees as a misuse of science.

Posts: Does Science Disprove God?, Coevolution of Science and Religion?,

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?