Science & Religion

Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

edited by Paul Kurtz
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003. 368 pages.

A stimulating collection of essays on science-and-religion topics — including the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, "intelligent design" and creationism versus evolution, the nature of the soul, near-death experiences, communication with the dead, why people believe in God, and the relationship between religion and ethics — by a stellar panel of contributors, including Steven Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Arthur C. Clarke, Martin Gardner, Owen Gingerich, and NCSE's own Eugenie C. Scott.

The Ghost in the Universe

by Taner Edis
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002. 330 pages.

Edis argues that "[w]ith science, we have stumbled upon an excellent way of learning about the world, and the best of our scientific knowledge consistently undermines our hope that there is a God." The reviewer for Choice writes, "Well written and amply documented, Edis's book should be read by anyone who has even the remotest interest in science, religion, or both," and The Ghost in the Universe won the Morris D. Forkosch award for the outstanding secular humanist book of 2002 from the Council for Secular Humanism.

Science & Christianity: Four Views

edited by Richard F. Carlson
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 240 pages.

While many volumes of science and theology are series of isolated contributions, this book from a conservative Christian press actually includes dialogue among the contributors. The perspectives represented are creationism (Wayne Frair and Gary D. Patterson), intelligent design (Stephen C. Meyer), independence (Jean Pond), and partnership (Howard J. Van Till). Christians who are already firm in their commitment to evolution will benefit especially from the responses of Pond and Van Till to the other writers.

The Evolution Dialogues

by Catherine Baker
Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006. 208 pages.

Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Evolution Dialogues strives, in the words of its prologue, to correct a host of "deep misunderstandings about what biological evolution is, what science itself is, and what views people of faith, especially Christians, have applied to their interpretations of the science." Rodger Bybee of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study described it as "an excellent, positive contribution to a contemporary understanding of evolution and religion, and John F.

Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution

by John F. Haught
New York: Paulist Press, 2001. 160 pages.

From the author of God after Darwin and Deeper than Darwin comes Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution, which distills his insights in a convenient question-and-answer format.

Noah's Flood: The Genesis Story in Western Thought

by Norman Cohn
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999. 168 pages.

With the aid of 75 illustrations, including 20 color plates, the distinguished medieval historian Norman Cohn explores the origins, development, and variety of interpretations of the familiar tale of the Noachian deluge.

When the Great Abyss Opened

by J. David Pleins
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 242 pages.

In his lively, ambitious, and engaging study, Pleins — Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University — investigates the cultural significance of the story of Noah's flood, discussing the connections and conflicts among geology, archeology, myth, literature, the Bible, and popular culture. (A chapter is devoted to "Fundamentalist literalism and 'creation science'.") Michael Ruse writes, "This fascinating book opens up a completely new light on a topic about which we all think we know something and about which we learn we knew very little.

Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins

by Phillip E Johnson & Denis O Lamoureux
Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 1999. 180 pages.

Phillip Johnson, the law school professor who has written a series of anti-evolution books beginning with Darwin on Trial squares off against Denis Lamoureux, a University of Alberta theologian and biologist who studies dental development and evolution. In this book, Lamoureux brings his scientific knowledge to bear as he challenges Johnson's views on how Christians ought to respond to the theory of evolution.

Finding Darwin's God

by Kenneth R. Miller
New York: Harper Perennial, 1999. 338 pages.

Subtitled "A scientist's search for common ground between God and evolution," Finding Darwin's God is a perennial favorite. Francisco J. Ayala writes, "Finding Darwin's God is an artfully constructed argument against both those who deny evolution and those using science to justify a materialist worldview. Yet it is a book for all readers. I know of no other that would surpass it in being mindful of different views, while still forceful.