Science & Religion

Toward a Christian View of a Scientific World

by George L. Murphy
Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Company, 2001. 151 pages.

Murphy, who earned a PhD in physics before becoming a Lutheran pastor and seminary professor, offers an introductory course on science, theology, and ethics for the congregation, complete with thoughtful ideas for discussion and suggestions for further reading. Origins, evolution, and the church's role in promoting scientific literacy are among the issues he takes up in short focused chapters.

Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues, revised edition

by Ian Barbour
San Francisco: HarperOne, 1997. 384 pages.

In Religion and Science, Barbour actually provides more than just a little history. In fact, he presents a thorough historical theological treatment of major themes in science. This volume is not for the faint of heart or the casual reader, but it may be the definitive text for basic courses in science and religion. "For a generation to come, anyone setting out to explore the subtle relationships between science, religion, ethics, and technology will begin with Barbour as the guide," writes the reviewer for Religious Studies Review.

Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

by Edward J. Larson
New York: Basic Books, 2002. 336 pages.

According to the reviewer for Publishers Weekly, "Larson's first-rate history not only will entertain and engage lay readers but also is required reading for those seriously interested in Darwin, evolution, or these remarkable islands." But since Larson mixes his history of science with the history of religion as well, Evolution's Workshop is a good choice to recommend to those, including many members of the clergy, who have little background in the evolutionary sciences but a keen interest in the history and cultural dynamics involved in the interplay of science and

When Science Meets Religion

by Ian Barbour
San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000. 224 pages.

In When Science Meets Religion, Barbour addresses a sampling of issues in the science-religion dialogue — the Big Bang, quantum physics, Darwin and Genesis, the question of genetic determinism, and the relationship between a free God and a law-bound universe — while modeling how further thinking and research might be approached. Like Haught in his Science and Religion, he offers four ways of considering each: conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration. It is in his discussion of the latter two that Barbour is most interesting and stimulating.

Scholarly World, Private Worlds

by Karl Fezer
Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Corporation, 2001. 464 pages.

Basically a textbook for a student audience considering how we know what we know, Fezer's book summarizes decades of his experience in teaching biology and advocating for evolution. He lays out the "principles that underlie all scholarly disciplines" and presents with clarity the limits of science as a way of knowing. There's a richness of resources here, thoughtful discussion questions, and helpful frameworks, such as "Twelve ways that people handle conflicts between science and their religious beliefs".

Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation

by John Haught
New York: Paulist Press, 1995. 225 pages.

Here Haught offers a way of considering key questions that arise when science and theology meet. Origins, reductionism, the meaning of human life, teleology, ecology, and other topics are addressed in a four-stage approach: conflict, contrast, contact, confirmation. The discussion of each is stimulating, and the model lends itself to application to other questions. Langdon Gilkey describes Science and Religion as "Not only readable and easily understandable ...

Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

edited by Keith B. Miller
Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003. 528 pages.

From the publisher: "According to the authors of this book, who explore evolutionary theory from a clear Christian perspective, the common view of conflict between evolutionary theory and Christian faith is mistaken. Written by contributors representing the natural sciences, philosophy, theology, and the history of science, this thought-provoking work is informed by both solid scientific knowledge and keen theological insight.

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.