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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. Yet he concludes, “despite some weaknesses, this film is a valuable resource for initiating discussion of the place of evolutionary theory within an entirely orthodox Christian theology.”

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.”

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. Taking “a conciliatory approach to the creationism/evolution debate” and apparently overall sympathetic to “intelligent design,” the book “cover[s] some interesting ground that is lacking in most other treatments.”

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. Despite reservations about the book’s omission of details for the sake of brevity, Topp recommends it “for conservative Evangelicals who have no academic background in science and religion or for high school students and young college students from a similar Evangelical background.”

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.