Recommended Books about Science and Faith
Note: not necessarily an endorsement of every particular theological viewpoint within the pages. Favorites in bold.
Thomas Dixon, "Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction"
Michael Poole, "Exploring Science and Faith"
John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale, "Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief"
John Polkinghorne, "Science and Religion in Quest of Truth"
Ian Barbour, "When Science Meets Religion"
Ian Barbour, "Religion in an Age of Science"
Paul Kurtz, "Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?"
Robert Fischer, "God Did It, But How? Creation, Science, and Christian Faith"
Arthur Peacocke, "Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming—Natural, Divine, and Human"
Faith and Evolution
Francis Collins, "The Language of God"
Richard Dowd, "Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion will Transform Your Life and Our World"
Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett, "Can You Believe in God and Evolution?"
Joan Roughgarden, "Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist"
Denis Lamoureux, "Evolution: Scripture and Science Say Yes!"
Kenneth Miller, "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution"
Faith and Physics
R. Kirby Godsey, "The God Particle: God-Talk in a Big Bang World"
John Polkinghorne, "The Faith of a Physicist"
John Polkinghorne, "Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship"
John Collins, “A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible”
Pete Enns, "The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It"
Steve Jones, "The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Re-told as Science"
Tremper Longman, "How to Read Genesis"
HarperCollins has published an NRSV “Green Bible” which focuses on environmental issues. The edition highlights environmental passages in green, similar to the red-letter KJV Bible. It features an environmental-themed index, writing by N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry, and is printed on recycled paper and soy-based ink.
In the 1990s, an international group of scholars affiliated with the Society of Biblical Literature began a project called the The Earth Bible, which looks at scripture through an ecological lens. The project features a five-volume collection of articles (focusing on Earth's perspective, Genesis, the Wisdom Traditions, Psalms and Prophets, and the New Testament), as well as a more recently published Earth Bible Commentary series. Unfortunately, these are not widely available commercially. I recommend university libraries if you have such access; if not, please contact me and I will try to help you locate a copy.
Sustainability and Climate Change
Pope Francis, “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home”
Norman Wirzba, "From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World"
Sally McFague, "A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming"
Delio, Warner, and Wood, "Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth"
Mark Wallace, "Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future"
Also, Yale's Forum on Religion and Ecology published a massive, 55-page bibliography of suggested readings.
History of Science and Faith
Galileo Galilei, Letter to the Duchess Christina (~1615)
Ronald Numbers, "Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion"
Dava Sobel, "Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love"
Maurice Finocchiaro, "The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History"
William Cleary, "Prayers to an Evolutionary God"
Copan, Longman, Reese, and Strauss, "The Dictionary of Christianity and Science"
Faith and Neuroscience
Barbara Hagerty, "Fingerprints of God: What Science is Learning About the Brain and Spirituality"
The New Atheists' Debate
Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion"
Alister and Joanna McGrath, "The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine"
“God’s Extravagant Garden: A Children’s Study on Climate Justice,” published by Pat Hoerth for United Methodist Women
“God Made _____,” published by Heno Head and Happy Day Books. A great series for kids, with entries on Dinosaurs, Outer Space, the Ocean, Plants, and Animals.
“When God Made Light,” Matthew Paul Turner
“Gregor Mendel: The Friar who Grew Peas,” Cheryl Bardoe