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Coming to Peace With Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology

by Darrel R. Falk
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. 235 pages.

Dismayed by the prospect of a chasm opening between evangelical Christianity and the deliverances of modern science, Falk wrote Coming to Peace with Science "to explore what science, especially biology, has to tell us about God's mechanism of creation." Loren Haarsma writes, "Theologically sound, scientifically accurate, understandable at the high school and early college science level, this is a superb book for evangelicals and other Christians who want to learn about the history of life that God is revealing to us in the book of his creation." The author is Professor of Biology

Evolution from Creation to New Creation

by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett
Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2004. 160 pages.

In Evolution from Creation to New Creation, theologian Peters and molecular biologist Hewlett team up to provide a detailed and astute examination of the continuum of positions on religious faith and biological evolution, as well as their own theological contribution to the debate. NCSE Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott writes, "There is much to ponder in this informed, informative, and thought-provoking book by a scientist and a theologian.

Has Science Found God?

by Victor J. Stenger
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002. 373 pages.

From the publisher: "Stenger critically reviews the attempts of many contemporary theologians and some scientists to resurrect failed natural theologies in new guises. Whether these involve updated arguments from design, 'anthropic' coincidences, or modern forms of deism, Stenger clearly shows that nothing in modern science requires supernatural explanation.

Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

edited by Paul Kurtz
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003. 368 pages.

A stimulating collection of essays on science-and-religion topics — including the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, "intelligent design" and creationism versus evolution, the nature of the soul, near-death experiences, communication with the dead, why people believe in God, and the relationship between religion and ethics — by a stellar panel of contributors, including Steven Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Arthur C. Clarke, Martin Gardner, Owen Gingerich, and NCSE's own Eugenie C. Scott.

The Ghost in the Universe

by Taner Edis
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002. 330 pages.

Edis argues that "[w]ith science, we have stumbled upon an excellent way of learning about the world, and the best of our scientific knowledge consistently undermines our hope that there is a God." The reviewer for Choice writes, "Well written and amply documented, Edis's book should be read by anyone who has even the remotest interest in science, religion, or both," and The Ghost in the Universe won the Morris D. Forkosch award for the outstanding secular humanist book of 2002 from the Council for Secular Humanism.

Science & Christianity: Four Views

edited by Richard F. Carlson
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 240 pages.

While many volumes of science and theology are series of isolated contributions, this book from a conservative Christian press actually includes dialogue among the contributors. The perspectives represented are creationism (Wayne Frair and Gary D. Patterson), intelligent design (Stephen C. Meyer), independence (Jean Pond), and partnership (Howard J. Van Till). Christians who are already firm in their commitment to evolution will benefit especially from the responses of Pond and Van Till to the other writers.

The Evolution Dialogues

by Catherine Baker
Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006. 208 pages.

Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Evolution Dialogues strives, in the words of its prologue, to correct a host of "deep misunderstandings about what biological evolution is, what science itself is, and what views people of faith, especially Christians, have applied to their interpretations of the science." Rodger Bybee of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study described it as "an excellent, positive contribution to a contemporary understanding of evolution and religion, and John F.

Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution

by John F. Haught
New York: Paulist Press, 2001. 160 pages.

From the author of God after Darwin and Deeper than Darwin comes Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution, which distills his insights in a convenient question-and-answer format.

Noah's Flood: The Genesis Story in Western Thought

by Norman Cohn
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999. 168 pages.

With the aid of 75 illustrations, including 20 color plates, the distinguished medieval historian Norman Cohn explores the origins, development, and variety of interpretations of the familiar tale of the Noachian deluge.

When the Great Abyss Opened

by J. David Pleins
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 242 pages.

In his lively, ambitious, and engaging study, Pleins — Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University — investigates the cultural significance of the story of Noah's flood, discussing the connections and conflicts among geology, archeology, myth, literature, the Bible, and popular culture. (A chapter is devoted to "Fundamentalist literalism and 'creation science'.") Michael Ruse writes, "This fascinating book opens up a completely new light on a topic about which we all think we know something and about which we learn we knew very little.


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