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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.

Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements

by William E. Evenson and Duane E. Jeffery
Draper (UT): Greg Kofford Books, 2006

From the publisher: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has generally been viewed by the public as anti-evolutionary in its doctrine and teachings. But official statements on the subject by the Church's highest governing quorum and/or President have been considerably more open and diverse than is popularly believed. This book compiles in full all known authoritative statements (either authored or formally approved for publication) by the Church's highest leaders on the topics of evolution and the origin of human beings.

How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science

by Michael Shermer
New York: W.H. Freeman & Company, 2000. 302 pages.

How We Believe explores how and why people maintain religious beliefs, examining psychological and social aspects of the question, and the relationship between religious belief and scientific thought.

God After Darwin

by John Haught
Boulder, CO: Basic Books, 1999. 240 pages.

To those who follow the players in science–religion dialogues, Georgetown University's Haught needs no introduction. The central theme of his God After Darwin — "the God of vulnerable, self-giving love" revealed through evolutionary processes — is similar to Denis Edwards's The God of Evolution. Chapter titles like "Beyond design" and "Evolution, tragedy and cosmic purpose" remind us that Haught is nobody to shrink from the big questions. You know the scientific arguments against intelligent design. Now learn the theological ones.

Can a Darwinian be a Christian?

by Michael Ruse
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 254 pages.

In the epilogue to Can a Darwinian be a Christian?, Michael Ruse summarizes: "Can a Darwinian be a Christian? Absolutely! Is it always easy for a Darwinian to be a Christian? No, but whoever said that the worthwhile things in life are easy? Is the Darwinian obligated to be a Christian? No, but try to be understanding of those who are. Is the Christian obligated to be a Darwinian?

The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology

by Denis Edwards
New York: Paulist Press, 1999. 96 pages.

Edwards, a Roman Catholic theologian, has written a number of titles in the science–religion vein, including work on Christian environmental ethics. In this small, well-written volume, he brings insights from evolution into dialogue with trinitarian theology — the creating, self-limiting, and life-giving God — and also discusses the wisdom of God and the sinfulness of human beings. A good primer in how evolution informs contemporary Christian theology. Edwards is a Lecturer in the School of Theology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Toward a Christian View of a Scientific World

by George L. Murphy
Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Company, 2001. 151 pages.

Murphy, who earned a PhD in physics before becoming a Lutheran pastor and seminary professor, offers an introductory course on science, theology, and ethics for the congregation, complete with thoughtful ideas for discussion and suggestions for further reading. Origins, evolution, and the church's role in promoting scientific literacy are among the issues he takes up in short focused chapters.

Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues, revised edition

by Ian Barbour
San Francisco: HarperOne, 1997. 384 pages.

In Religion and Science, Barbour actually provides more than just a little history. In fact, he presents a thorough historical theological treatment of major themes in science. This volume is not for the faint of heart or the casual reader, but it may be the definitive text for basic courses in science and religion. "For a generation to come, anyone setting out to explore the subtle relationships between science, religion, ethics, and technology will begin with Barbour as the guide," writes the reviewer for Religious Studies Review.

Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

by Edward J. Larson
New York: Basic Books, 2002. 336 pages.

According to the reviewer for Publishers Weekly, "Larson's first-rate history not only will entertain and engage lay readers but also is required reading for those seriously interested in Darwin, evolution, or these remarkable islands." But since Larson mixes his history of science with the history of religion as well, Evolution's Workshop is a good choice to recommend to those, including many members of the clergy, who have little background in the evolutionary sciences but a keen interest in the history and cultural dynamics involved in the interplay of science and

When Science Meets Religion

by Ian Barbour
San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000. 224 pages.

In When Science Meets Religion, Barbour addresses a sampling of issues in the science-religion dialogue — the Big Bang, quantum physics, Darwin and Genesis, the question of genetic determinism, and the relationship between a free God and a law-bound universe — while modeling how further thinking and research might be approached. Like Haught in his Science and Religion, he offers four ways of considering each: conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration. It is in his discussion of the latter two that Barbour is most interesting and stimulating.


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