Integrating Science & Faith

Recommended reading from John Walton
and Keith Miller

Saturday, April 18 2015

Integrating Faith & Science: Recommended Reading from John Walton and Keith B. Miller

Science and faith. Many people feel that these subjects don’t blend well. Some public intellectuals loudly proclaim that modern scientific discoveries have disproven the God of the Bible. They are ready to sweep Christianity into the dust bin of history. Even some Christians wonder whether they can really trust the Bible. How can scriptures written thousands of years ago possibly be relevant in our modern scientific world?

 

Other Christians harbor deep suspicions of the scientific community. They know that God’s word is reliable and true. Yet people of faith sometimes feel that their way of life is under attack from the relentless advance of the scientific enterprise. They don’t feel that scientists can be trusted. Everyone makes mistakes, after all, don’t they? How can scientists really claim to know how old the earth is, or how our universe came to be? If you have ever asked yourself questions like these, then these lectures are for you.

Recommended Reading

We asked our speakers, as well as other science-minded Christian friends, for their recommendations of the best books on science and faith. We then divided the books into several categories, so you can choose according to your areas of interest.

 

Most of these books don’t fall neatly into any one category, however—they’re rich works that engage science, theology, and Biblical studies in significant ways. So, for instance, although the books in the “Science” category were written by scientists, they’re very strong on the “faith” side as well.

Books by Our Speakers

 

  • Keith B. Miller (editor), Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

  • John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology & the Origins Debate

  • John Walton, The Lost World of Adam & Eve: Genesis 2-3 & the Human Origins Debate

  • John Walton & D. Brent Sandy, The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture & Biblical Authority

Introductory Books

 

  • Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

  • Francis S. Collins (editor), Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

  • Deborah B. Haarsma & Loren D. Haarsma, Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, & Intelligent Design

  • N. T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

Scripture

 

  • C. John Collins, Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, & Theological Commentary

  • John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology & the Origins Debate

  • John Walton, The Lost World of Adam & Eve: Genesis 2-3 & the Human Origins Debate

  • John Walton & D. Brent Sandy, The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture & Biblical Authority

  • N. T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

Science

 

  • Denis Alexander, Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

  • Deborah B. Haarsma & Loren D. Haarsma, Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, & Intelligent Design

  • Keith B. Miller (editor), Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

  • Davis A. Young & Ralph F. Stearley, The Bible, Rocks, & Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth

History

 

  • Ronald L. Numbers, The Creationists

  • Ronald L. Numbers, Galileo Goes to Jail & Other Myths about Science & Religion

  • Davis A. Young & Ralph F. Stearley, The Bible, Rocks, & Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth

Theology

 

  • Francis S. Collins (editor), Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

  • Darrel R. Falk, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith & Biology

  • John F. Haught, Deeper than Darwin: The Prospect for Religion in the Age of Evolution

  • John F. Haught, Science & Faith: A New Introduction

  • Alister McGrath, Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, & How We Make Sense of Things

  • John Polkinghorne, Faith, Science, & Understanding

  • John Polkinghorne, Science & Providence: God’s Interaction with the World

  • John Polkinghorne (editor), The Work of Love: Creation as Kenosis

Other Useful Resources

 

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