Science & Religion

Saving Darwin

by Karl W. Giberson
New York: Harper One, 2009. 256 pages.

Saving Darwin offers, in the words of the Washington Post 's reviewer, "two gifts: a cultural history of the anti-Darwin movement that details how its tenets, far from being the traditional doctrine of any church, were developed by a few cranks and fueled by larger, populist fears of secular culture; and an empathetic, comprehensible account of how the world looks if you believe in scientific creationism, as he once did." A professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene University, Karl Giberson is also the coauthor (with Donald A.

Can You Believe in God and Evolution?

by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett
Nashville TN: Abingdon Press, 2008. 145 pages.

The authors of Evolution from Creation to New Creation — one a theologian and pastor; one a biologist and philosopher — have again collaborated, producing (in NCSE executive director Eugenie C. Scott's words) "a useful synopsis of their thoughtful reflections on evolution and Christian theology that will be of considerable value to pastors, priests, and other religious professionals who have to wrestle with this contentious issue.

When Science and Christianity Meet

edited by David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 368 pages.

A collection of historical case studies on conflict and cooperation between Christianity and science, edited by two leading historians of science, When Science and Christianity Meet includes a number of important articles relevant to the creationism/evolution controversy, such as David N. Livingstone's "Re-placing Darwinism and Christianity," Edward J Larson's "The Scopes trial in history," and Ronald L. Numbers's "Science without God: Natural laws and Christian beliefs." Reviewing the book for Isis, Peter J.

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

by Thomas Dixon
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 144 pages.

At a scant 144 pages, Science and Religion certainly fits in the Very Short Introduction series. Yet Thomas Dixon, a historian of science and religion at Queen Mary, University of London, manages to cram a lot of information and analysis in the scope of his brief book, including discussions of the controversies surrounding evolution, from Darwin through Scopes to Kitzmiller."“It is no part of my aim ... to persuade people to stop disagreeing with each other about science and religion — far from it," Dixon explains.

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.