In a conversation with another biblioblogger who perpetuated some very popular and widespread misconceptions and falsehoods about evolution, I thought it best to recommend a book, since all too many people think that matters of science can be settled by what they remember from high school and “common sense.” Of course, it should go without saying that the latter doesn’t provide a useful guide, since so much that science has told us about the nature of the universe and its history has run counter to our “common sense” assumptions. And I never cease to be shocked by how many schools around the United States actually skip evolution so as to avoid controversy.
A very helpful book, in my experience, is Kenneth Miller’s Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution. Approaching the subject as a Christian as well as a prominent and respected expert in biology, Miller doesn’t merely present the evidence for evolution in a general way, but specifically addresses arguments put forward by proponents of young-earth creationism and intelligent design – and does so not only scientifically but also theologically.
Having made the recommendation to this fellow biblioblogger, I looked on Amazon and was surprised to find that it is currently on sale new for only $6! So if you’ve never read it, or if you could use some extra inexpensive copies to pass on to people who offer misinformed opposition to one of the best established theories in the natural sciences, this seems like a wonderful opportunity!