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Recommended Resources on Science and the Bible (Compiled by Pastor David P. Craig)

images.jpegThe Relationship Between the Bible and Science

Barret, Eric C., and David Fisher. Scientists Who Believe.

Berlinski, David. The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions.

Cabal, Theodore and Peter Rasor II. Controversy of the Ages: Why Christians Should Not Divide Over The Age Of The Earth.

Carlson, Richard F., editor. Science & Christianity: Four Views.

Collins, C. John. Science & Faith: Friends Or Foes?

Flew, Anthony with Roy Abraham Varghese. There is a God: How The World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.

Guillen, Michael. Amazing Truths: How Science And The Bible Agree

Guillen, Michael. Can A Smart Person Believe in God?

Helm, David R. and Jon M. Dennis. The Genesis Factor: Probing Life’s Big Questions.

Hunter, Cornelius G. Science’s Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism.

Kethley, Kenneth D., and Mark F. Rooker. 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution.

Lennox, John. Can Science Explain Everything?

Lennox, John. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

Lennox, John. Seven Days That Divide The World: The Beginning According To Genesis and Science. 

Moreland, J.P. Christianity and the Nature of Science.

Moreland, J.P. Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology.

Morris, Henry. Men of Science, Men of God.

Plantinga, Alvin. Where The Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, & Naturalism.

Ratzsch, Del. Science and Its Limits.

Ratzsch, Del. The Battle of Beginnings: Why Neither Side Is Winning the Creation- Evolution Debate.

Rau, Gerald. Mapping The Origins Debate: Six Models of The Beginning of Everything.

Stokes, Mitch. How To Be An Atheist: Why Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough.

Strobel, Lee. The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God.

Wallace, J. Warner. God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines The Evidence For A Divinely Created Universe.

Williams, Richard N. and Daniel N. Robinson, eds. Scientism: The New Orthodoxy.

Intelligent Design

Axe, Douglas. Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed.

Behe, Michael J. Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. 

Behe, Michael J. The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism.

Behe, Michael J. Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution.

Behe, Michael, William A. Dembski, and Stephen C. Meyer. Science And Evidence For Design In The Universe.

Dembski, William. Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology.

Dembski, William. The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities.

Dembski, William. The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design.

Dembski, William and Jonathan Witt. The Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to- Understand Guide to the Controversy.

Denton, Michael. Children of Light: The Astonishing Properties of Sunlight that Make Us Possible.

Denton, Michael J. Destiny: How The Laws Of Biology Reveal Purpose In The Universe.

Denton, Michael. Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet.

Denton, Michael. The Wonder of Water.

Eberlin, Marcos. Fore Sight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose.

Gonzalez, Guillermo, and Jay W. Richards. The Privileged Planet: How Are Place In The Cosmos Is designed For Discovery.

Johnson, Phillip E. Darwin on Trial.

Johnson, Phillip E. The Wedge of Truth: Splitting The Foundations of Naturalism.

Keas, Michael Newton. Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion.

Leila, Matti & Jonathan Witt. Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey From Darwin To Design.

Meyer, Stephen C. Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.

Meyer, Stephen C. Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin Of Animal Life And The Case For Intelligent Design.

Meyer, Stephen C. “Intelligent Design” in Four Views On Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design edited by J.B. Stump.

Travis, Melissa Cain. Science and The Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God.

Wells, Jonathan. Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We teach About Evolution Is Wrong.

Wells, Jonathan. The Myth of Junk DNA.

Wells, Jonathan. Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution.

West, John G. editor. The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.

Websites Promoting Intelligent Design: intelligentdesign.org ; discovery.org ; intelligentdesignnetwork.org ; ideacenter.org ; biologicinstitute.org ; arn.org 

Six-Day Creationism (Young Earth)

Ashton, John F., editor. In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation.

Barrick, William D. by William D. “Young Earth View of Adam” in Four Views on the Historical Adam.

Duncan III, J. Ligon and David W. Hall “The 24-Hour View” in The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation.

Ham, Ken. “Young Earth Position” in Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.

 Hoffmeier, James K. “Genesis as History”in Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters

MacArthur, John. The Battle of Beginnings: Creation, Evolution, and The Bible.

Morris, Henry and John Whitcomb. The Genesis Flood.

Morris, Henry M. Scientific Creationism.

Morris, John D. The Global Flood: Unlocking Earth’s Geologic History.

Morris, John D. The Young Earth: The Real History of the the Earth – Past, Present, and Future.

Morris, John D and Frank J. Sherwin. The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life.

Mortenson Terry and Thane H. Ury. Coming to Grips With Genesis.

Nelson, Paul and Mark Reynolds. “Young Earth Creationism” in Three Views on Creation and Evolution.

Vail, Tom. Grand Canyon: A Different View.

Young Earth/ Six-Day Creationism Websites: – Ken Ham’s Ministry: answersingenesis.org ; Institute for Creation Research (Founded by Henry M. Morris) – icr.org ; Creation Ministries Internationalcreation.com.

The Day Age Theory or Progressive Creationism (Old Earth)

Gribbin, John. Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique.

Hill, Carol, Gregg Davidson, Tim Helble, and Wayne Ranney, editors. The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon?

Rana, Fazale. Creating Life In The Lab.

Rana, Fazale. The Cell’s Design.

Rana, Fazale & Hugh Ross. Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off.

Rana, Fazale & Hugh Ross. Who Was Adam? A Creation Model Approach To The Origin of Humanity.

Rana, Fazale R. & Kenneth R. Samples. Humans 2.0: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Transhumanism.

Ross, Hugh. A Matter of Days.

Ross, Hugh. Beyond The Cosmos.

Ross, Hugh. Creator and The Cosmos.

Ross, Hugh. Improbable Planet.

Ross, Hugh. More Than A Theory.

Ross, Hugh. Navigating Genesis.

Ross, Hugh. The Fingerprint of God.

Ross, Hugh. Why The Universes Is The Way It Is.

Snoke, David. A Biblical Case for an Old Earth.

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

Websites Promoting The Day Age Theory: reasons.org ; oldearth.org 

The Gap Theory

Barnhouse, Donald Grey. Genesis.

Chalmers, Thomas. The Works of Thomas Chalmers: Complete In One Volume.

Custance, Arthur C.. Without Form and Void.

DeHaan, M.R. Genesis.

Pember, G.H. Earth’s Earliest Ages.

Pink, A.W. Gleanings in Genesis.

Rimmer, Harry. Modern Science and the Genesis Record.

Schaeffer, Francis. Genesis in Space and Time.

Scofield C.I. Scofield Reference Bible (Notes).

Evolutionary Creationism or Theistic Evolution

A Defense of Theistic Evolution:

Applegate, Kathryn & J.B. Stump. How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science.

Bishop, Robert C. and Larry L. Funck. Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian (BioLogos Books on Science and Christianity).

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

Keathley, Kenneth, J.B. Stump, and Joe Aguirre. Old-Earth Or Evolutionary Creation? Discussing Origins with Reasons To Believe and Biologos.

Haarsma, Deborah B. “Evolutionary Creationism”  in Four Views On Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.

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

Lamoureux, Denis O. I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution 

Lamoureux, Denis O. Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution

Lamoureux, Denis O. “No Historical Adam: Evolutionary Creation View” in Four Views On The Historical Adam.

McGrath, Alister. The Science of God.

Van Till, Howard J. “The Fully Gifted Creation” in Three Views on Creation and Evolution.

Wood, Todd Charles, and Darrel R. Falk. The Fool And The Heretic: How Two Scientists Moved Beyond Labels To A Christian Dialogue About Creation and Evolution.

Websites Promoting Theistic Evolution: biologos.org ; oldearth.org ; faithandevolution.org ; www.theistic-evolution.com

Evolution Critiqued

Berlinski, David. The Deniable Darwin.

Bethell, Tom. Darwin’s House Of Cards: A Journalists Odyssey Through The Darwin Debates.

Carlson, Ron and Ed Decker. “Evolution The Incredible Theory” in Fast Facts on False Teaching.

Denton, Michael. Evolution: A Theory In Crises.

Denton, Michael. Evolution: Still A Theory In Crises.

Gale,  Barry G. Evolution Without Evidence: Charles Darwin and The Origin of the Species.

Gillespie, Neil. Charles Darwin and The Problems of Creation.

Hanegraaf, Hank. The FARCE of Evolution.

Johnson, Phillip E. Darwin on Trial.

Johnson, Phillip E. Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

Moreland, J.P., Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem, eds. Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique.

Nagel, Thomas. Mind And Cosmos: Why The Materialist Noe-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

Rhodes, Ron. The 10 Things You Should Know About the Creation vs. Evolution Debate.

Richards, Jay, editor. God And Evolution. 

Simmons, M.D. Geoffrey. What Darwin Didn’t Know: A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution.

Woodward, Thomas. Doubts About Darwin.

YouTube Videos On Science, the Bible, and Evolution

“Nothing Left to Chance” (48:15) {R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries}.

“An Interview with Michael J. Denton” (32:47).

“Blind Watchmaker? A Skeptical Look at Darwinism” (1:12:55) {Phillip E. Johnson}.

“God, Science & the Big Questions: Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism” (1:45:15) {Held at Biola University – with William Lane Craig, John Lennox, J.P. Moreland, and Hugh Hewitt}.

“Hugh Ross and Walter Kaiser vs. Ken Ham and Jason Lisle – Genesis Debate” (3:45:06).

“Hugh Ross and John Ankerberg – Genesis and Science” (2:49:36).

“God and Evolution: The Problem with Theistic Evolution” – Stephen C. Meyer (1:02:36).

“The Origin of Life: Evolution vs. Design” [Full Debate between evolutionist, Michael Ruse and Reason to Believe’s – Fazale Rana, (2:28:35)].

“God & Evolution: A Critique of Theistic Evolution” (2:23:44) [with Stephen Meyer].

“Mathematical Challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution with Berlinski, Meyer, and Gelerenter” (57:14).

“For the City: J.P. Moreland on “A Christian View of Science” (1:08:36).

“Hugh Ross talks Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design” (Part 1, 33:21).

“Creation – Evolution Debates – Dawkins vs. Lennox at Cambridge” (1:21:53).

“Intelligent Design Vs. Evolution 2.0 – Perry Marshall debates Stephen Meyer” (1:21:53).

“John Lennox: The Question of Science and God – Part 1 (47:34) {Socrates in the City Interview with Eric Metaxas}; Part 2 (58:28).

“John Lennox: Seven Days That Divide the World” (1:30:07) {Socrates in the City Lecture Introduction and MC’d by Eric Metaxas}.

“Eric Metaxas Interviews Stephen Meyer on Science and Faith” (1:11:42).

“Can Science Explain Everything? An Interview with John Lennox (1:30:09).

“Eric Metaxas: The Miracle of the Universe” (45:06).

“Dr. David Berlinski: The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions” (1:14:57) {Socrates in the City – Introduction by Eric Mataxas}.

“Michael Behe – Lee Strobel – Molecular Machines Disprove Evolution” (8:41).

“Michael Behe: Darwin Devolves” (1:01:24) {Socrates in the City Interview with Eric Metaxas}.

“Irreducible Complexity” (1:42:48) {Michael Behe on the Access Research Network}.

“From the Big Bang to Irreducible Complexity – Michael Behe, PhD” (58:18).

“What Are The Limits of Drwinism? A Presentation by Dr. Micahel Behe at the University of Toronto” (1:25:34).

“Stephen Meyer & Eric Metaxas Discuss Darwin’s Doubt at Socrates in the City” ((1:25:48) {Socrates in the City Interview with Eric Metaxas}.

“Stephen Meyer: The Return of the God Hypothesis” (1:11:55) {Socrates in the City Interview with Eric Metaxas}.

“Ard Louis: Science and Faith” (1:18:45) {Socrates in the City Interview with Eric Metaxas}.

“Has Science Buried God? Oxford Professor, John Lennox, at SMU (1:11:25).

“James Tour: The Mystery of the Origin of Life” (58:02).

“Does Science Make Faith Obsolete? James Tour at Mississippi State University” (1:57:11).

“Dr. Tour On The Origin of Life at Syracuse University Cru” (1:30:29).

“Science Refutes Evolution – Dr. James Tour” (59:29).

“Dr. James Tour speaking about Evolution” (34:05).

“James Tour: The Origin of Life Has Not Been Explained” (22:57).

“The Scientific Case For Intelligent Design – William Dembski, PhD” (45:34).

“Information and the End of Materialism – William Dembski, PhD” (44:09).

“Molecular Machines and the Death of Darwinism – Dembski, Wells, Nelson, Macosko” (43:15).

“Detecting Design in Biology” (1:51:31) {Access Research Network}.

“Hugh Ross – Origin of Life” (1:13:01).

“Hugh Ross – Beyond the Cosmos: How Science Reveals God’s Trans-Dimensional Power” (1:13:11).

“Hugh Ross vs. Ken Ham – TBN Debate” (1:14:18).

“Hugh Ross vs. Kent Hovind How Old Is The Earth” (2:35:43).

“Does Science Prove God’s Glory? Dr. Hugh Ross Regent University (29:27).

“Hugh Ross – The Flood of Noah” (1:09:14).

“Hugh Ross – Hubble Confirms Universe Expanding Faster Than Expected” (1:47:11).

“Inner Life of the Cell (Full Version)” (7:59).

“The Failure of Darwin’s Theory” (28:31) {Stephen Meyer on John Ankerberg}.

“Harmony Between Christianity and Science Michael Guillen” (8:02).

“Francis Collins: How I Became a Christian” (27:53).

“10 Top Christian Scientists on Science and Faith” (6:28).

“Stephen C. Meyer The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special Episode 43” (59:38).

“How Darwinists Think Lecture and Q&A Phillip E. Johnson” (1:39:51).

“Phillip E. Johnson on Darwinism” (57:58).

“Darwinism on Trial” (1:40:59) {Phillip E. Johnson}.

“Focus on Darwinism – An Interview with Phillip E. Johnson” (54:08).

“One Nation Under Darwin” (1:32:09) {Phillip E. Johnson}.

“Debate: Darwinism: Science or Naturalistic Philosophy? Phillip Johnson vs William Provine” (1:46:33).

“Darwinism: Science or Philosophy – Phillip E. Johnson” (58:06).

 
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Book Review on Cabal’s and Rasor’s “Controversy Of The Ages”

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A Good Example of Civil Discussion on A Controversial Topic

Book Review by Dr. David P. Craig

As a pastor who tries to keep current with the latest discoveries and teachings in science and how they mesh with the Bible I found this book immensely helpful from a Christian perspective. The author’s do several things really well in this book:

(1) They give a good overview of the history of the interplay between science and biblical interpretation with a very interesting analysis of The Copernican Conflict; The Advent of Darwinian Evolution;  The Scopes Trial and its results; and the more recent controversy over the age of the earth.

(2) They present a consistent hermeneutic learned from Galileo that assumes biblical inerrancy, not inerrant interpretation and the objective truth that nature and and biblical revelation cannot be in conflict/disagree. There must be a striving for both theologians and scientists to pursue truth in special (biblical revelation) and nature (general revelation).

(3) They give a very interesting discussion of evolution and how it was received by both scientists and theologians within a short time following his completing his Origin of the Species. They discuss some of the main issues of conflict brought on by the acceptance of Darwin’s theory from its inauguration until modern times between theologians and scientists of note.

(4) They demonstrate that the resulting world view of Darwinian Evolution has resulted in many liberal theologians and scientists buying into “metaphysical naturalism, that everything interesting about the world reveals there is no God;” as well as how, “human experience rather than the Bible has become the ground of Christian knowledge.”

(5) Throughout the book the author’s give a helpful analysis of the three main views among Theologians and Scientists today as exemplified by Young Earth Creationists (as propounded by Henry Morris, Ken Ham, and Andrew Snelling) and their largest organization: Answers In Genesis; by Old Earth Creationists (as propounded in particular by Hugh Ross and those in his ilk), and its primary organization; Reasons To Believe; and lastly, the most recent organization that sings the praises of Evolution: BioLogos – with its influential proponents like C. Francis Collins.

(6) There is a fascinating discussion of flood theories, fossils, and dating mechanisms in dating the earth – pro and con for both old and young.

(7) One of the most helpful aspects of this book is its discussion of first, second, and third level doctrines that are essential to Christianity. The author’s refer to Albert Mohler’s “Theological Triage of three levels to ascertain theological urgencies.” For example, first level or essential doctrines to Christianity would include “doctrines such as the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, justification by faith, and the authority of Scripture.” Second order or level doctrines would include issues that often separate congregations and denominations like the mode and method of baptism and whether women can serve as pastors. Third level doctrines would include the eschatological unfolding of the plan of God (e.g. pre-millennialism, post-millennialism, a-millennialism) and issues like the one the authors are addressing. The authors apply the principle of theological triage to the three main views today with reference to science and theology. It is a very interesting and enlightening discussion of the relative unimportance of “age” with reference to the essentials related to the gospel and what makes one a Christian.

Cabal and Rasor have written a very civil book on the interplay of the various issues and views in regard to scientific and biblical interpretation. I think they have written a book that helps lay people like me understand the complexity of the issues and yet puts the “cookies on the shelf” so that one can see that though these issues are important – they are not essential to the gospel, but are nevertheless important and demand that extremists be balanced and listen to one another as everyone seeks to interpret all of God’s revelation (the written Word and the natural world) in a gracious manner that is always and ever in pursuit of God’s truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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