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Living Large in Nature: A Writer’s Idea of Creationism

by Reg Saner
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 136 pages.

Reviewer Lisa H. Sideris explains, “Reg Saner’s book Living Large in Nature ... explores the concept of creation from a writer and nature lover’s perspective.

Intelligent Faith: A Celebration of 150 Years of Darwinian Evolution

by John Quenby and John MacDonald Smith
Ropley (UK): O Books, 2009. 330 pages.

Containing “lectures and essays by eighteen British scholars working in various areas of religion and science,” and motivated in part by recent creationist inroads in British education, Intelligent Faith seeks to “offer an ‘intelligent faith’ from a Christian perspective that is built upon a sound, contemporary theology in dialogue with the modern scientific paradigm of cosmic and biotic evolution,” according to reviewer Robert J. Schneider.

Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life

by John F. Haught
Louisville (KY): Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. 163 pages.

“Plenty of books claim to make sense of evolution,” writes reviewer George L. Murphy.

Theology after Darwin

edited by Michael S. Northcott and R. J. Berry
Milton Keynes (UK): Paternoster, 2009. 222 pages.

“This collection of essays by eleven authors, mostly representing the humanities, is a mainly British production embracing both Protestant and Catholic perspectives,” explains reviewer Daryl P. Domning. Among the authors are Denis Alexander, Francisco Ayala, Ellen Davis, Denis Edwards, David Fergusson, David Grumett, Amy Laura Hall, Neil Messer, and the two editors.

Creation and Evolution

by Lenn E. Goodman
London: Routledge, 2010; 222 pages

“Writing against both biblical fundamentalists and militant secularists, Goodman hopes to show that religion is no threat to evolution and that Darwinism doesn’t mean that God is dead,” explains reviewer Arthur McCalla.

The Prism and the Rainbow

by Joel W. Martin
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 170 pages.

Apparently taking students in high school or college as his primary audience, Martin is concerned to argue that there is no incompatibility in acceptance of evolution and belief in God. Reviewer Matt Young appreciates the defense of science, although he finds the discussion of science and faith inconsistent and the discussion of “theory” slightly muddled.

The Post-Darwinian Controversies

by James R. Moore
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. 528 pages.

Originally published in 1979, The Post-Darwinian Controversies contains three parts: a historiographical essay on the idea of the war between science and religion, a summary of the scientific debates over Darwin and evolution, and a novel analysis of the theological reactions to Darwin's ideas, centering on a detailed treatment of twenty-eight nineteenth-century theologians. Moore's book was described by Ronald L. Numbers in Isis as "one of the best [books] on the historical relations of science and religion and definitely the best on evolution and theology ...

The Darwin Legend

by James R. Moore
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 1994. 218 pages.

Did Darwin recant evolution on his deathbed, telling Lady Hope, "How I wish I had not expressed my theory of evolution as I have done"? No — yet the legend continues to circulate among creationists. In his monograph, Moore judiciously assessed the evidence for the story and pondered its significance, arguing that it is important to understand Darwin and his religious development on their own terms.

Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion

by Francisco J. Ayala
Washington DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2007. 256 pages.

"Darwin's theory of evolution is a gift to science," Francisco Ayala argues, "and to religion as well." He explains why in Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, hailed by John F.

Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science

by Robert L. Park
Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press. 240 pages.

From the publisher: "Park sides with the forces of reason in a world of continuing and, he fears, increasing superstition. Chapter by chapter, he explains how people too easily mistake pseudoscience for science. He discusses parapsychology, homeopathy, and acupuncture; he questions the existence of souls, the foundations of intelligent design, and the power of prayer; he asks for evidence of reincarnation and astral projections; and he challenges the idea of heaven.

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