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Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950

by Marwa Elshakry

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 448 pages.

For the relatively few academics who study the history of biology in the modern Middle East, Marwa Elshakry’s long-awaited debut monograph Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860–1950 (2013) is cause for celebration," writes reviewer Elise K. Burton. "Her book will also draw a great deal of interest from the general public, not least due to the increasing awareness of and attention given to expressions of creationism in the Middle East and the “Muslim world” in English-language media."

Science and Religion: 5 Questions

edited by Gregg D. Caruso

Copenhagen, Denmark: Automatic Press, 2014. 278 pages.

The same five questions about science and religion were posed to thirty-three scholars, and Science and Religion consists of their answers. Reviewer David A Rintoul was overall unimpressed with the questions and with the answers, remarking, “The basic problem with the format of the book is that it allows individual respondents to say things that go unrebutted by the other respondents. … The lack of dialogue that is a necessity of this format makes reading many of these chapters quite frustrating.”

Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation

edited by Martin A Nowak and Sarah Coakley

Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 2013. 400 pages.

Nowak and Coakley’s book should have been entitled Economics, Games, and Christianity: Perspectives on Altruism, reviewer Douglas Allchin suggests, as the contributions “explore the human and theological meaning of … models of cooperation” researched by Nowak with little reference to evolution.

The Evolving God

by J David Pleins

New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 171 pages.

“This is a marvelous book on Darwin and religion,” writes reviewer Keith Stewart Thomson. “It repeats much that is already familiar, including the progressive loss of faith that is laid out in the Autobiography and letters. And it contains much that readers will find new because, if it is true that few people read On the Origin of Species seriously for content, even fewer delve deeply into The Descent of Man.” Thomson praises the “wonderful details” of Pleins’s account.

Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins

by Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III

Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press Academic, 2010; 144 pages

Carlson and Longman’s book is “a short introduction aimed at reconciling Christian and scientific theories of origins that deals specifically with the Bible and its interpretation,” by a physicist and a biblical scholar, reviewer Justin D. Topp writes.

From the Dust: Conversations in Creation

directed by Ryan Pettey

Mountain View (CA): Highway Media, 2012. 66 minutes.

“This 66-minute film is directed at a specifically Christian audience, and seeks to address the major concerns voiced by those Christians who reject evolution,” explains reviewer Keith B. Miller. “Although the film has a very worthy objective and includes some very excellent content, it suffers from trying to do too much,” with too many voices, storylines, and topics.

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

by Peter Enns

Grand Rapids (MI): Brazos, 2012. 192 pages.

“Enns sees four options available for those seeking to relate science and Scripture: (1) accept evolution and reject Christianity, (2) accept Paul’s view of Adam as binding and reject evolution, (3) reconcile the two by positing a first human pair in the evolutionary process, or (4) rethink Genesis and Paul … the book is written not only to make the case for [the fourth] option, but also to explore how to go about it in detail,” writes reviewer James F. McGrath.

Lens to the Natural World: Reflections on Dinosaurs, Galaxies, and God

by Kenneth H. Olson

Eugene (OR): Wipf & Stock, 2011. 220 pages.

Reviewer Joel W. Martin writes that Olson’s book draws “on his personal experiences as a dinosaur hunter in the Badlands of the western United States and on his experience as a pastor.” Martin praises Olson’s “genuine sense of wonder and love of nature” and his writing (though he finds it sometimes convoluted and too crammed with quotations); he regrets Olson’s failure to discuss “other books and efforts along the same lines” and to stay up to date on the creationism/evolution controversy."

Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything

by Gerald Rau

Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2012. 236 pages.

“Most books on origins are designed to defend a particular perspective, but occasionally a book comes out that offers a semi-fair analysis of different viewpoints. This book falls into that category. The focus is a comparison between six models of origins, each representing a distinctive theological and scientific worldview,” writes reviewer Timothy H. Heaton.

Hindu Perspectives on Evolution: Darwin, Dharma, and Design

by C. Mackenzie Brown

New York: Routledge, 2012. 276 pages.

Reviewer David L. Gosling complains that Brown “tries too much to ‘cover the ground’ and resorts to ‘cherry picking’ with respect to certain modern ideas, which include both evolution and design, which he ‘discovers’ in the past,” and he also faults “Brown’s reliance on English-language sources and consequent omission of the voice of ordinary people expressed in local vernaculars,” concluding, “Brown might have done better to consider how Hindu scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries viewed and sometimes practiced science in the light of their religious beliefs.”


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