Science & Religion

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.

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.

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.”

Darwinism and the Divine

by Alister E. McGrath
Chichester (UK): Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 298 pages.

McGrath’s Darwinism and the Divine, according to reviewer Bruce H. Weber, is “a highly readable introduction to the history of natural theology and its relationship to the sciences, particularly contemporary Darwinism, expanding upon the 2009 Hulsean Lectures he gave at Cambridge University.

I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution

by Denis O. Lamoureux
Eugenie (OR): Wipf and Stock, 2009. 184 pages.

A condensed version of Lamoureux’s Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution, I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution is “a book that calls for evangelicals who view their theology as robust to accept no less in their science, and to recognize the theological resources within their own tradition that allow them to do so,” writes reviewer Dennis R. Venema.

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.