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Bibliography for Theology and Evolution

There is a vast body of literature concerning the relationship between religion and evolution. Many books have been written to discuss the relationship in general between theology and the sciences, or to interpret religious belief in light of the contemporary scientific world view, or to explore particular questions of doctrine and practice in so far as these are affected by a view of the universe as ancient, dynamic, and evolving. Below is a list of some books NCSE members have found to be enriching and useful.




Evolutionary Biology and Religion


Bennett, Gaymon, Hewlett, Martinez J., Peters, Ted and Russell, Robert John, eds. The Evolution of Evil. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008.

Clayton, Philip C., Roddam Narasimha, B. V. Sreekantan and Sangeetha Menon, eds. Science and Beyond: Cosmology, Consciousness and Technology in the Indic Traditions. NIAS Publications, 2004.

Collins, Francis S. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Free Press, 2006.

Conway Morris, Simon. Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Deane-Drummond, Celia. Theology And Biotechnology: Implications For A New Science. Geoffrey Chapman, 1997.

_________. Creation Through Wisdom: Theology And The New Biology. T & T Clark, 2000.

_________. Biology and Theology Today. SCM Press, 2001.

Deane-Drummond, Celia and Clough, David. Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans And Other Animals. SCM Press, 2009.

Delio, Ilia. Christ in Evolution. Orbis Books, 2008.

Dowd, Michael. Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World. Council Oak Books, 2007.

Falk, Darrel R. Coming to Peace With Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology. Intervarsity Press, 2004.

McMullin, Ernan, ed. Evolution and Creation. University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.

Miller, Keith B. Perspectives on an Evolving Creation. W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Miller, Kenneth R. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution. HarperCollins, 1999.

Peters, Ted, and Martinez Hewlett. Evolution from Creation to New Creation. Abingdon, 2003.

Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. Island Press, 2006.

Ruse, Michael. Darwin and Design: Does Evolution have a Purpose? Harvard University Press, 2003.

_________. Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship between Science and Religion. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

_________. The Evolution-Creation Struggle. Harvard University Press, 2005.

_________. Darwinism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Russell, Robert John, William Stoeger, S.J., and Francisco Ayala, eds. Evolution and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action. Vatican Observatory and CTNS, 1998.


Historical and Methodological Treatments of Science and Religion


Barbour, Ian G. Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues. Revised edition. HarperCollins, 1997.

Brooke, John Hedley. Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Brooke, John H, and Cantor, Geoffrey. Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion. T & T Clark, 1998.

Ferngren, Gary B., ed. The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition. Garland Publishing, 2000.

Gilkey, Langdon. Creationism on Trial. Winston Press, 1986.

Hess, Peter M. J., and Paul L. Allen. Catholicism and Science: a Greenwood Guide. Greenwood Press, 2008.

Howell, Kenneth. God’s Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science. University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.

Larson, Edward. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. Basic Books, 1997, 2006 (with new afterword).

_________. Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands. Basic Books and Penguin, 2001.

_________. The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives. Univ. of Georgia Press, 2007.

Lindberg, David C. and Ronald L. Numbers, eds. God and Nature: Historical Essay on the Encounter between Christianity and Science. U.C. Berkeley Press, 1986.

_________. When Science and Christianity Meet. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Livingstone, David. Darwin's Forgotten Defenders: The Encounter Between Evangelical Theology and Evolutionary Thought.Regent College Publishing, 1984.

Marty, Martin E. and R. Scott Appleby, eds. Fundamentalisms and Society: Reclaiming the Sciences, the Family, and Education. Volume 2 in The Fundamentalism Project. University of Chicago, 1993.

Noll, Mark A. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. W.B. Eerdmans, 1994.

Numbers, Ronald L. The Creationists. A. A. Knopf, 1992.

_________. Darwinism Comes to America. Harvard University Press, 1998.

Numbers, Ronald L. and John Stenhouse, eds. Disseminating Darwinism: the Role of Place, Race, Religion, and Gender. Cambridge University Press, 1999.


Genetics and Religion


Deane-Drummond, Celia. Brave New World: Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome. T & T Clark, 2003.

Peters, Ted. Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom. Routledge, 1997.


Cosmology and Religion


Primack, Joel R., and Abrams, Nancy Ellen. The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos. Riverhead, 2006.

Murphy, Nancey, and Ellis, George F. R. On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology, and Ethics. Augsburg Fortress, 1996.

Russell, Robert John. Cosmology, Evolution, and Resurrection Hope: Theology and Science in Creative Mutual Interaction. Proceedings of the fifth annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science, edited by Carl S. Helrich. Pandora Press, 2006.

Southgate, Christopher . The groaning of creation: God, evolution, and the problem of evil. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

Tilby, Angela. Soul: God, Self, and the New Cosmology. Doubleday, 1992.


Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion


D’Aquili, Eugene and A. B. Newberg. The Mystical Mind: Biology of Religious Experience. Augsburg Fortress, 1999.

Ashbrook, James B. and Carol R. Albright. The Humanizing Brain: Where Religion and Neuroscience Meet. Pilgrim, 1997.

Brown, Warren and Nancey Murphy, eds. Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature. Augsburg Fortress, 1998.

Jeeves, Malcolm. Human Nature at the Millennium: Integration of Psychology and Christianity. Baker, 1997.

Murphy, Nancey, and Carl S. Helrich, eds. Religion and Science: God, Evolution, and the Soul. Pandora Press, 2002.


Theology Reflective of Evolution


Clayton, Philip. God and Contemporary Science. Edinburgh University and Eerdmans, 1997.

Edwards, Denis. The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology. Paulist Press, 1999.

Haught, John F. God after Darwin: A Theology of Evolution. Westview Press, 2000.

_________. Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution, Paulist Press, 2001.

_________. Deeper than Darwin: The Prospect for Religion in the Age of Evolution. Westview Press, 2003.

_________. Purpose, Evolution and the Meaning of Life. Pandora Press, 2004.

Hefner, Philip. The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, and Religion. Augsburg Fortress, 1993.

Peacocke, Arthur. All that is: a Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty-first Century. ed. Philip Clayton. Augsburg Fortress, 2007.

Peacocke, Arthur. Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming-Natural, Divine and Human. Augsburg Fortress, 1993.

Peters, Ted and Nathan Hallanger. God's Action in Nature's World. Ashgate Pub., 2006.

Peters, Ted. Anticipating Omega: Science, Faith, and Our Ultimate Future. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2006.

Peters, Ted. God - the World's Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era. Augsburg Fortress, 1992.

Shults, LeRon, ed. Festschrift: The Evolution of Rationality: Interdisciplinary Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen. Eerdmans, 2006.

Welker, Michael, and John Polkinghorne, eds. The end of the world and the ends of God: science and theology on eschatology. Trinity Press International, 2000.

Welker, Michael, et al., eds. Resurrection: Theological and Scientific Assessments. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002.


General Discussions of Science and Religion


Barbour, Ian G. When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners? HarperOne, 2000.

Davies, Paul. The Mind of God: the Scientific Basis for a Rational World. Touchstone, 1993.

Dawkins, Richard. The God Delusion. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006.

Deane-Drummond, Celia. Wonder and Wisdom: Conversations in Science, Spirituality, and Theology. Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2006.

Edis, Taner. The Ghost in the Universe. Prometheus Books, 2002.

_________. Science and Non-Belief. Prometheus Books, 2007.

Kurtz, Paul, ed. Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003.

McFague, Sallie. The Body of God. Augsburg Fortress, 1993.

Murphy, Nancey, and William R. Stoeger, eds. Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organism, Persons. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Park, Robert L. Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science. Princeton University Press, 2008.

Peters, Karl E. Dancing with the Sacred: Evolution, Ecology, and God. Trinity Press International, 2002.

Peters, Ted. Anticipating Omega: Science, Faith, and our Ultimate Future. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2006.

_________, ed. Bridging Science and Religion. Augsburg Fortress, 2003.

_________, ed. Cosmos as Creation: Theology and Science in Consonance. Abingdon, 1989.

Polkinghorne, John. Belief in God in an Age of Science. Yale University Press, 1998.

Polkinghorne, John. Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion. Yale University Press, 2007.

Ruse, Michael. Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? Harvard University Press, 2003.

Southgate, Christopher, ed. God, Humanity and the Cosmos. Trinity Press International, 1999.

Stenger, Victor J. Has Science Found God? Prometheus Books, 2002.

_________. God: The Failed Hypothesis. Prometheus Books, 2003.

Templeton, John M., ed. How Large is God? The Voices of Scientists and Theologians. Templeton Foundation Press, 1997.