Readings in Science and Creation

The broad issue of the relationship between science and faith, and the more particular issue of the debate over creation and evolution are of course monstrously large topics, which are quite complex, multi-layered and of course very controversial.

Many tens of thousands of books would have been penned on such topics, and they represent a wide range of views and perspectives. The volumes here are almost all written by Christians (a few volumes are not).

And the (mainly) Christian authors listed below likewise represent a wide variety of opinions. There are some who embrace progressive creationism (eg. Newman, Ramm, Ross, etc.), some who espouse theistic evolution (eg. Barbour, Peacocke, Van Till,), and so on. The two important camps (six day creationism and Intelligent Design) have their own separate sections.

This is not an exhaustive bibliography but it does list some of the more important works available on these difficult, complex and contentious issues. Indeed, the list mainly comprises some of the books I have read on the subject. Undoubtedly numerous other titles could be mentioned.

Those who want to dig deeper into these various subjects may find this list a helpful starting point. I will refrain from listing my favourite volumes here, although some authors I quite enjoy include Phillip Johnson and William Dembski.

Religion and Science

Alexander, Denis, Rebuilding the Matrix: Science and Faith in the 21st Century. Lion, 2001.
Alexander, Denis, ed., Can We Be Sure About Anything?: Science, Faith and Postmodernism. IVP, 2005.
Ashton, John, ed., The God Factor. Thorsons, 2001.
Barbour, I.G., Religion in an Age of Science. SCM, 1990.
Birkett, Kirsten, Unnatural Enemies: An Introduction to Science and Christianity. Matthias Media, 1997.
Blanchard, John, Has Science Got Rid of God? Evangelical Press, 2004.
Carlson, Richard, ed., Science and Christianity: Four Views. IVP, 2000.
Collins, C. John, Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? Crossway Books, 2003.
Davis, John Jefferson, The Frontiers of Science and Faith. IVP, 2002.
Forster, Roger and Paul Marston, Reason, Science and Faith. Monarch, 1999.
Hawthorne, J.N., Questions of Science and Faith. IVP, 1972.
Henry, Carl F.H., ed., Horizons of Science. Harper & Row, 1978.
Hooykaas, R., Religion and the Rise of Modern Science. Scottish Academic Press, 1972.
Holder, Rodney, Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? Monarch, 1993.
Hummel, Charles, The Galileo Connection. IVP, 1986.
Hunter, Cornelius, Science’s Blind Spot. Brazos, 2007.
Jaki, Stanley, Bible and Science. Christendom Press, 2004.
Jaki, Stanley, The Savior of Science. Eerdmans, 2000.
Jeeves, Malcolm and R.J. Berry, Science, Life, and Christian Belief. Baker, 1998.
Lennox, John, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Lion, 2007.
McGrath, Alister, Dawkin’s God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life. Blackwell, 2004.
McGrath, Alister, The Reenchantment of Nature: Science, Religion and Human Sense of Wonder. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002.
McGrath, Alister, Science and Religion: An Introduction. Blackwells, 1998.
McGrath, Alister, The Science Of God: An Introduction To Scientific Theology. Eerdmans, 2004.
McGrath, Alister, A Scientific Theology, 3 vols. Eerdmans, 2001-2003.
MacKay, Donald, Brains, Machines and Persons. Eerdmans, 1980.
MacKay, Donald, Science and the Quest for Meaning. Eerdmans, 1982.
Moreland, J.P., Christianity and the Nature of Science. Baker, 1989.
Nichols, Terence, The Sacred Cosmos: Christian Faith and the Challenge of Naturalism. Brazos, 2003.
Peacocke, Arthur, Paths From Science Towards God. Oxford: One World, 2001.
Pearcey, Nancy and Charles Thaxton, The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy. Crossway Books, 1994.
Polkinghorne, John, Beyond Science. Cambridge University Press, 1996, 1998.
Polkinghorne, John, One World: The Interaction of Science and Theology. Princeton University Press, 1987.
Polkinghorne, John, Quarks, Chaos and Christianity. Triangle, 1994.
Polkinghorne, John, Reason and Reality: The Relationship Between Science and Theology. SPCK, 1991.
Polkinghorne, John, Science and Theology: An Introduction. SPCK, 1998.
Poythress, Vern, Redeeming Science. Crossway, 2006.
Ramm, Bernard, The Christian View of Science and Scripture. Eerdmans, 1954.
Ratzsch, Del, Philosophy of Science. IVP, 1986.
Wilkinson, David and Bob Frost, Thinking Clearly About God and Science. Monarch, 1996.
Wright, John, Designer Universe. Monarch, 1994.

Creation and Evolution

Ankerberg, John and John Weldon, Darwin’s Leap of Faith. Harvest House, 1998.
Ankerberg, John and John Weldon, The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution. Harvest House, 1993.
Birkett, Kirsten, The Essence of Darwinism. Matthias Media, 2001.
Blocher, Henri, In the Beginning: The Opening Chapters of Genesis. IVP, 1984.
Broom, Neil, How Blind is the Watchmaker? IVP, 2001.
Cameron, Nigel M. de S., Evolution and the Authority of the Bible. Paternoster, 1983.
Copan, Paul and William Lane Craig, Creation Out of Nothing: Its Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration. Baker, 2004.
Custance, Arthur, Evolution or Creation? The Doorway Papers, vol. 4. Zondervan, 1976.
Dembski, William, ed., Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing. ISI Books, 2004.
Denton, Michael, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Adler and Adler, 1983.
Denton, Michael, Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe. The Free Press, 1998.
Fowler, Thomas and Daniel Kuebler, The Evolution Controversy: A Survey of Competing Theories. Baker, 2007.
Geisler, Norman and J. Kerby Anderson, Origin Science. Baker, 1987.
Hagopian, David, ed., The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation. Crux Press, 2000.
Hanegraaff, Hank, The Face That Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution. Word, 1998.
Holloway, Carson, The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy. Spence Publishing, 2006.
Houston, James, I Believe in the Creator. Eerdmans, 1980.
Hunter, Cornelius, Darwin’s God. Brazos Press, 2001.
Hunter, Cornelius, Darwin’s Proof. Brazos Press, 2003.
Huse, Scott, The Collapse of Evolution. Baker, 1983, 1997.
Johnson, Phillip, Darwin on Trial. Regnery Gateway, 1991.
Johnson, Phillip, Defeating Darwinism. IVP, 1997.
Johnson, Phillip, Objections Sustained. IVP, 1998.
Johnson, Phillip, Reason in the Balance. IVP, 1995.
Johnson, Phillip and Nancy Pearcey, The Right Questions: Truth, Meaning & Public Debate. IVP, 2002.
Kelly, Douglas, Creation and Change. Mentor, 1997.
McGrath, Alister, Glimpsing the Face of God. Eerdmans, 2002.
Moreland, J.P., ed., The Creation Hypothesis. IVP, 1994.
Moreland, J.P and John Mark Reynolds, eds., Three Views on Creation and Evolution. Zondervan, 1999.
Newman, Robert and Herman Eckelmann, Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth. IVP, 1977.
Olasky, Marvin and John Perry, Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial. Broadman & Holman, 2005.
Poppe, Kenneth, Reclaiming Science from Darwinism. Harvest House, 2006.
Rana, Fazale and Hugh Ross, Origins of Life. Navpress, 2004.
Rana, Fazale and Hugh Ross, Who Was Adam? Navpress, 2005.
Rhodes, Ron, The Ten Things You Should Know About the Creation vs Evolution Debate. Harvest House, 2004.
Ross, Hugh, Beyond the Cosmos, 2nd ed. Navpress, 1999.
Ross, Hugh, Creation and Time. Navpress. 1994.
Ross, Hugh, Creation as Science. Navpress, 2006.
Ross, Hugh, The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Latest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God. Navpress, 2001.
Ross, Hugh, The Fingerprint of God. Whitaker House, 2000.
Ross, Hugh, The Genesis Question. Navpress, 1998.
Ross, Hugh, A Matter of Days. Navpress, 2004.
Simmons, Geoffrey, Billions of Missing Links. Harvest House, 2007.
Snoke, David, A Biblical Case for an Old Earth. Baker, 2006.
Sproul, R.C., Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology. Baker, 1994.
Strobel, Lee, The Case for a Creator. Zondervan, 2004.
Stove, David, Darwinian Fairytales. Encounter Books, 1995, 2006.
Sunderland, Luther, Darwin’s Enigma. Master Books, 1988.
Van Till, Howard, The Fourth Day. Eerdmans, 1986.
Wells, Jonathan, Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Regnery, 2000.
Whorton, Mark, Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth. Authentic Media, 2005.
Young, Davis, Christianity and the Age of the Earth. Zondervan, 1982.
Youngblood, Ronald, ed., The Genesis Debate. Nelson, 1986.

Six-Day (or Young Earth) Creationism

Ashton, John, In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation. New Holland, 1999.
Batten, Don, ed., The Answers Book. Answers in Genesis, 1999.
Batten, Don, ed., The Creation Answers Book. Creation Book Publishers, 2007.
DeYoung, Donald, Thousands, Not Billions. Master Books, 2005.
Gish, Duane, Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record. Master Books, 1985.
Ham, Ken, The Lie: Evolution. Master Books, 1987.
Ham, Ken, The New Answers Book. Master Books, 2007.
Jordan, James, Creation in Six Days. Canon Press, 1999.
Lubenow, Martin, Bones of Contention. Baker, 1992.
Morris, Henry, Biblical Cosmology and Modern Science. Baker, 1970.
Morris, Henry, Biblical Creationism. Master Books, 1993, 2000.
Morris, Henry, Scientific Creationism. Master Books, 1985.
Morris, Henry, The Twilight of Evolution. Presbyterian and Reformed, 1963.
Morris, Henry and Gary Parker, What is Creation Science? Creation-Life Publishers, 1982.
Morris, John, Is the Big Bang Biblical: And 99 Other Questions With John Morris. Master Books, 2003.
Morris, John, The Young Earth. Master Books, 2007.
Parker, Gary, Dry Bones . . . And Other Fossils. Creation-Life Publishers, 1985.
Parker, Gary, From Evolution to Creation. Creation-Life Publishers, 1977.
Sarfati, Jonathan, Refuting Compromise. Answers in Genesis, 2004.
Sarfati, Jonathan, Refuting Evolution. Answers in Genesis, 1999.
Sarfati, Jonathan, Refuting Evolution 2. Answers in Genesis, 2002.
Spetner, Lee, Not By Chance. Judaica Press, 1993.
Van Bebber, Mark and Paul Taylor, Creation and Time. Eden Communications, 1994. (A response to Ross.)
Whitcomb John and Henry Morris, The Genesis Flood. Baker, 1961.
Whitcomb John, The Early Earth. Baker, 1972.
Whitcomb John, The World That Perished. Baker, 1973.
Wieland, Carl, The Genesis Files. Master Books, 2004.
Wilder-Smith, A.E., Man’s Origin, Man’s Destiny. Harold Shaw, 1968.
Williams, Alex and John Hartnett, Dismantling the Big Bang. Master Books, 2005.

Intelligent Design

Behe, Michael, Darwin’s Black Box. The Free Press, 1996.
Behe, Michael, The Edge of Evolution. Free Press, 2007.
Behe, Michael, William Dembski and Stephen Meyer, Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe. Ignatius Press, 2000.
Cagan, C.L. and Robert Hymers, From Darwin to Design. Whitaker House, 2006.
Dembski, William, The Design Inference. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Dembski, William, The Design Revolution. IVP, 2004.
Dembski, William, Intelligent Design. IVP, 1999.
Dembski, William, No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased Without Intelligence. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
Dembski, William, ed., Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson And the Intelligent Design Movement. IVP, 2006.
Dembski, William, ed., Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design. IVP, 1998.
Dembski, William and James Kushiner, eds., Signs of Intelligence. Brazos Press, 2001.
Gonzalez, Guillermo, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. Regnery, 2004.
Muncaster, Ralph, Dismantling Evolution: Building the Case for Intelligent Design. Harvest house, 2003.
Pullen, Stuart, Intelligent Design or Evolution? Why the Origin of Life and the Evolution of Molecular Knowledge Imply Design. Intelligent Design Books, 2005.
Simmons, Geoffrey, What Darwin Didn’t Know. Harvest House, 2004.
Wells, Jonathan, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Regnery, 2006.
Witham, Larry, By Design: Science and the Search for God. Encounter, 2003.
Woodward, Thomas, Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design. Baker, 2006.
Woodward, Thomas, Doubts About Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design. Baker, 2003.

Pro and Con

William Dembski and Michael Ruse, eds., Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Intelligent Design videos

Unlocking the Mystery of Life: The Case for Intelligent Design. 60 minutes. Focus on the Family, 2002.
Icons of Evolution: Dismantling the Myths. 60 minutes. Focus on the Family, 2002.
The Privileged Planet. 60 minutes. Focus on the Family, 2004.

Important Commentaries on Genesis

Atkinson, David, The Message of Genesis 1-11 (BST). IVP, 1990.
Brueggemann, Walter, Genesis (IBC). John Knox, 1982.
Collins, C. John, Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary. Presbyterian and Reformed, 2006.
Hamilton, Victor, The Book of Genesis Chapters 1-17 (NICOT). Eerdmans, 1990.
Kidner, Derek, Genesis (TOTC). IVP, 1967.
Mathews, Kenneth, Genesis 1-11:26 (NAC). Broadman, 1996.
Ross, Allen, Creation and Blessing. Baker, 1988.
Sailhamer, John, Genesis (EBC, v. 2). Zondervan, 1990.
Sarna, Nahum, Understanding Genesis. Schocken Books, 1976, 1966.
Waltke, Bruce, Genesis. Zondervan, 2001.
Walton, John, Genesis (NIVAC). Zondervan, 2001.
Wenham, Gordon, Genesis 1-15 (WBC). Word, 1987.
Westermann, Claus, Genesis 1-11. SPCK, 1984, 1944.

For a six-day creationism commentary on Genesis, see:
Morris, Henry, The Genesis Record. Baker, 1981.

Other helpful works on Genesis

Arnold, Bill, Encountering the Book of Genesis. Baker, 1998.
Custance, Arthur, Genesis and Early Man. The Doorway Papers, vol. 4. Zondervan, 1975.
Longman, Tremper, How to Read Genesis. IVP, 2005.
Sailhamer, John, Genesis Unbound. Multnomah, 1996.
Young, E.J., Studies in Genesis One. Baker, 1964.

I here do not lay out my own favourites, except to say that I find much of interest in the new Intelligent Design movement. Readers might like to send in comments, mentioning the books they quite like, and why.

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