Science & Religion

Theology after Darwin

edited by Michael S. Northcott and R. J. Berry
Milton Keynes (UK): Paternoster, 2009. 222 pages.

“This collection of essays by eleven authors, mostly representing the humanities, is a mainly British production embracing both Protestant and Catholic perspectives,” explains reviewer Daryl P. Domning. Among the authors are Denis Alexander, Francisco Ayala, Ellen Davis, Denis Edwards, David Fergusson, David Grumett, Amy Laura Hall, Neil Messer, and the two editors.

Creation and Evolution

by Lenn E. Goodman
London: Routledge, 2010; 222 pages

“Writing against both biblical fundamentalists and militant secularists, Goodman hopes to show that religion is no threat to evolution and that Darwinism doesn’t mean that God is dead,” explains reviewer Arthur McCalla.

The Prism and the Rainbow

by Joel W. Martin
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 170 pages.

Apparently taking students in high school or college as his primary audience, Martin is concerned to argue that there is no incompatibility in acceptance of evolution and belief in God. Reviewer Matt Young appreciates the defense of science, although he finds the discussion of science and faith inconsistent and the discussion of “theory” slightly muddled.

The Post-Darwinian Controversies

by James R. Moore
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. 528 pages.

Originally published in 1979, The Post-Darwinian Controversies contains three parts: a historiographical essay on the idea of the war between science and religion, a summary of the scientific debates over Darwin and evolution, and a novel analysis of the theological reactions to Darwin's ideas, centering on a detailed treatment of twenty-eight nineteenth-century theologians. Moore's book was described by Ronald L. Numbers in Isis as "one of the best [books] on the historical relations of science and religion and definitely the best on evolution and theology ...

The Darwin Legend

by James R. Moore
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 1994. 218 pages.

Did Darwin recant evolution on his deathbed, telling Lady Hope, "How I wish I had not expressed my theory of evolution as I have done"? No — yet the legend continues to circulate among creationists. In his monograph, Moore judiciously assessed the evidence for the story and pondered its significance, arguing that it is important to understand Darwin and his religious development on their own terms.

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. ...