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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.

Science and Non-Belief

by Taner Edis
Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 2007. 283 pages.

A comprehensive look at the interaction between science and religion from the standpoint of nonbelief, discussing philosophy, physics, biology, neuroscience, pseudoscience, religion as a social phenomenon, and morality and politics. "Overall, this is an excellent book for the layman and professional alike. Anyone interested in the subject would find this to be one of the few contemporary books that approaches these controversial issues with more light than heat," wrote the reviewer for Catholic Book World.

Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

by Denis Alexander
Oxford: Monarch Books, 2008. 384 pages.

Addressing primarily his fellow evangelicals, Denis Alexander argues, "Personal saving faith through Christ in the God who has brought all things into being and continues to sustain them by his powerful Word, is entirely compatible with the Darwinian theory of evolution, which, as a matter of fact, provides the paradigm within which all current biological research is carried out." Francis Collins writes, "Denis Alexander the scientist-believe argues convincingly and lovingly that a committed Christian need not fear evolution, but can embrace it as God's awesome means of creation." The autho

Evolutionary Creationism

by Denis O. Lamoureux
Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008. 493 pages.

From the publisher: "In this provocative book, evolutionist and evangelical Christian Denis O. Lamoureux proposes an approach to origins that moves beyond the 'evolution-versus-creation' debate. Arguing for an intimate relationship between the Book of God's Words and the Book of God's Works, he presents evolutionary creation — a position that asserts that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit created the universe and life through an ordained and sustained evolutionary process. ...

Saving Darwin

by Karl W. Giberson
New York: Harper One, 2009. 256 pages.

Saving Darwin offers, in the words of the Washington Post 's reviewer, "two gifts: a cultural history of the anti-Darwin movement that details how its tenets, far from being the traditional doctrine of any church, were developed by a few cranks and fueled by larger, populist fears of secular culture; and an empathetic, comprehensible account of how the world looks if you believe in scientific creationism, as he once did." A professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene University, Karl Giberson is also the coauthor (with Donald A.

Can You Believe in God and Evolution?

by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett
Nashville TN: Abingdon Press, 2008. 145 pages.

The authors of Evolution from Creation to New Creation — one a theologian and pastor; one a biologist and philosopher — have again collaborated, producing (in NCSE executive director Eugenie C. Scott's words) "a useful synopsis of their thoughtful reflections on evolution and Christian theology that will be of considerable value to pastors, priests, and other religious professionals who have to wrestle with this contentious issue.

When Science and Christianity Meet

edited by David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 368 pages.

A collection of historical case studies on conflict and cooperation between Christianity and science, edited by two leading historians of science, When Science and Christianity Meet includes a number of important articles relevant to the creationism/evolution controversy, such as David N. Livingstone's "Re-placing Darwinism and Christianity," Edward J Larson's "The Scopes trial in history," and Ronald L. Numbers's "Science without God: Natural laws and Christian beliefs." Reviewing the book for Isis, Peter J.

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

by Thomas Dixon
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 144 pages.

At a scant 144 pages, Science and Religion certainly fits in the Very Short Introduction series. Yet Thomas Dixon, a historian of science and religion at Queen Mary, University of London, manages to cram a lot of information and analysis in the scope of his brief book, including discussions of the controversies surrounding evolution, from Darwin through Scopes to Kitzmiller."“It is no part of my aim ... to persuade people to stop disagreeing with each other about science and religion — far from it," Dixon explains.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

edited by Philip Clayton
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 1040 pages.

A hefty companion to a burgeoning academic field, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science includes sections on Religion and Science Across the World's Traditions, Conceiving Religion in Light of the Contemporary Sciences, The Major Fields of Religion/Science, Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Science, Central Theoretical Debates in Religion and Science (including a section on Evolution, Creation, and Belief in God, with contributions by William B. Provine, Alister E. McGrath, and John F. Haught, and a section on Intelligent Design, with contributions by William A. Dembski and Robert T. Pennock), and Values Issues in Religion and Science.

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