Recommended Books on Science and Christian Faith

Note: This is (and always will be) an incomplete list of quality books on science and Biblical faith. Generally, the books are those that affirm both authentic science and authentic Christian faith, and that seek a unified view that embraces both. Please send me suggestions for additions to this list.

Books marked (*) are on my short list of must reads.

Introductory books on the issues:

*Bube, Richard H. (1995). Putting it All Together: Seven Patterns for Relating Science and the Christian Faith. Univ. Press of America. 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706. ISBN 0-8191-9755-6 cloth ISBN 0-8191-9756-4 pb.

Campolo, Anthony. (1985). A Reasonable Faith: Responding to Secularism. Word.

*Fischer, Robert B. (1997).God Did It, But How? 2nd ed. ASA Press. ISBN 1-881479-02-1 pb.

*Hummel, Charles E. (1986).The Galileo Connection. InterVarsity Press, ISBN 0-87784-500-X pb.

Hummel, Charles E. (1989). Creation or Evolution? InterVarsity Press. (Brief tract.)

Kreeft, Peter ed. (1994). Handbook of Christian Apologetics. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-8308-1774-3.

Larson, Edward J. (1989). Trial and Error: the American Controversy over Creation and Evolution. Oxford University Press.

Schaeffer, Francis A. (1968). Escape From Reason. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-87784-538-7 pb. [Schaeffer's brief outline of the history of Western philosophical ideas].

Schaeffer, Francis A. (1968). The God Who is There. InterVarsity Press. [Presuppositional apologetics as an appropriate response to modern people.]

Schaeffer, Francis A. (1969). He is There and He is Not Silent. InterVarsity Press. pb. [Third in the basic Schaeffer trilogy; somewhat dated now].

Schaeffer, Francis A. (1971). The Church Before the Watching World. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-87784-542-5 pb. [In my opinion, the best of Schaeffer, but may be out of print].

Ratzsch, Del. (1996). The Battle of Beginnings. Inter-Varsity Press. [A Calvin College philosopher's attempt to unravel the creation/evolution controversy.]

Torrance, T. F. (1994). Preaching Christ Today: The Gospel and Scientific Thinking. Eerdmans. Sophisticated British evangelical perspective on science.

Van Till, Howard. (1988). Science Held Hostage. Inter-Varsity Press. [How both creationism and scientism do a disservice to science and freedom].

Bible commentaries:

Augustine. (386). The Literal Meaning of Genesis. (2 vols.) tr. J. H. Taylor (1982). S.J. Newman Press. ISBN 0-8091-0326-5.

*Blocher, Henri. (1984). In the Beginning. Inter-Varsity Press. UK ISBN 0-85111-321-4.

Boice, James M. (1982). Genesis: An Expositional Commentary. (2 vols.) Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-21541-2.

Gruenler, Royce G. (1986). The Trinity in the Gospel of John. Baker.

More advanced books on theology of nature:

Houghton, John. (1989). Does God Play Dice? A Look at the Story of the Universe. Zondervan.

Hodgson, Peter E. (1990). Christianity and Science, Oxford Univ. P. Also other booklets in this series: Nuclear Power, Creation and Evolution, Drug Abuse, and Life and Death.

*Houston, James M. (1980). I Believe in the Creator. Eerdmans. [Wonderful but out of print.]

Hyers, Conrad. (1985). The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modern Science. Knox.

MacKay, Donald M. (?). The Open Mind and other Essays: A Scientist in God's World. InterVarsity Press (UK).

Moberg, David O. (1985). Wholistic Christianity: An Appeal for a Dynamic, Balanced Faith. Brethren Press.

Murphy, George L. (1986). The Trademark of God. Morehouse-Barlow. ISBN 0-8192-1382-9. pb.

Polkinghorne, John. (1987). One World: the Interaction of Science and Theology. Princeton U.P.

Polkinghorne, John. (1989). Science and Providence: God's Interaction with the World. Shambhala.

Polkinghorne, John. (1984). The Way the World Is: The Christian Perspective of a Scientist. Books Demand UMI (Reprint of 1984 Eerdmans edition).

Pollard, W.G. (1987). Transcendence and Providence: Reflections of a Physicist and Priest. (Frontiers of Knowledge series no. 6), Scottish Academy Press / Gower Publications.

Teilhard de Chardin, P. (1960). The Divine Milieu. Harper & Row.

Templeton, John M. and Herrmann, Robert L. (1989). The God Who Would Be Known: Revelations of the Divine in Contemporary Science. Harper & Row, hc. ISBN-0-06-250867-9.

Torrance, T.F. (1969). Space, Time & Incarnation. Oxford University Press.

*Van Till, Howard. (1986). The Fourth Day: What the Bible and the Heavens are Telling Us About Creation. Eerdmans.

Wright, Richard T. (1989). Biology Through the Eyes of Faith. Harper & Row. pb. ISBN 0-06-069695-8.

Historical Treatments of Science and Christian Faith:

Barbour, Ian G. (1966). Issues in Science and religion. Harper & Row, pb. ISBN 06-131566-4.

Brooke, J. H. (1991). Science and religion. Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 0-521-23961-4. pb.

Burtt, E. A. (1924, rev. 1932). The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science. Doubleday Anchor Books (1954), pb.

Gilkey, Langdon. (1985). Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock. Harper & Row.

*Hooykaas, R. (1972). Religion and the Rise of Modern Science. Eerdmans (out of print).

Jaki, Stanley L. (1978). The Road of Science and the Ways to God (The Gifford lectures: 1974/5, 1975/6), University of Chicago Press.

Kaiser, Christopher B. (1990). Creation and the History of Science. Eerdmans. ISBN 0-551-02035-0. pb.

Klaaren, Eugene M. (1985). Religious Origins of Modern Science: Belief in Creation in Seventeenth Century Thought. University Press of America.

Lindberg, David C. and Numbers, Ronald, eds. (1986). God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science. U. of California Press.

Marsden, George M. (1980). Fundamentalism and American Culture: the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism. Oxford U.P.

Moore, James R. (1981). The Post-Darwinian Controversies. Cambridge University Press.

Murphy, George. (1986). The Trademark of God: A Christian Course in Creation, Evolution, and Salvation. Morehouse-Barlow.

Noll, Mark A. (1994). The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Eerdmans. ISBN 0-8028-3715-8. cloth.

*Numbers, Ronald. (1992). The Creationists. Knopf.

Works on Special Topics of Science or Philosophy and Christian Faith:

Accad, J. E. (1997). Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam. Navpress. ISBN 0-89109-795-3. pb.

Bernbaum, John A. and Steer, Simon M. (1986). Why Work? Careers and Employment in Biblical Perspective. Christian College Coalition Study Guides. Baker.

Buell, Jon, Hearn, Virginia, eds. (1994). Darwinism: Science or Philosophy? Foundation for Thought and Ethics, Richardson, TX. ISBN 0-9642104-0-1. cloth.

Carson, D. A. and Woodbridge, J. D. (1993). God and Culture (Essays in honor of Carl F. H. Henry). Paternoster (UK), Eerdmans (US). ISBN 0-85364-553-1. cloth.

Clark, K.J. (1993). Philosophers Who Believe. Inter-Varsity Press. ISBN 0-8308-1851-0. cloth.

Del Ratzsch. (1986). Philosophy of Science. The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective. InterVarsity Press.

Dooyeweerd, H. (1960). In the Twilight of Western Thought. Craig Press, Nutley, NJ USA (pb. ed. 1972).

Fischer, R. (1996). The Origins Solution. Fairway Press.

Garrison, Charles E. (1988). Two Different Worlds: Christian Absolutes and the Relativism of Social Science. U. of Delaware Press.

Gill, David W. (1989). The Opening of the Christian Mind: Taking Every Thought Captive to Christ. InterVarsity Press.

Granberg-Michaelson, Wesley. (1987). Tending the Garden: Essays on the Gospel and the Earth. Eerdmans.

Granberg-Michaelson, Wesley. (1984). A Worldly Spirituality: The Call to take Care of the Earth. Harper & Row.

Herrmann, Robert L. (1990). Genetic Engineering. Council of Independent Colleges.

Hall, Douglas J. (1986). Imaging God: Dominion as Stewardship. Eerdmans.

Kilner, John F., Pentz, Rebacca D., and Young, Frank E., eds. (1997). Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes? Paternoster Press (UK), Eerdmans (US). ISBN 0-85364-814-x. pb.


Monsma, Stephen, et al. (1986). Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective. Eerdmans.

Myers, David G. and Jeeves, Malcom A. (1987). Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith. Harper & Row.

Wright, Richard T. (1989). Biology Through the Eyes of Faith. Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-069695-8 pb.

Interesting "Popular" Science Books:

Davies, Paul. (1981). The Edge of Infinity. Simon & Schuster: Touchstone. ISBN 0-671-46062-5 pb.

Dawkins, Richard. (1976). The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press. pb. ISBN 0-19-520000-4.

Dawkins, Richard. (1986). The Blind Watchmaker. Harlow: Longman. pb.

Dawkins, Richard. (1996) Climbing Mount Improbable. W. H. Norton. cloth ISBN 0-393-03930-7.

Dyson, Freeman. (1979). Disturbing the Universe. Harper Colophon.

Feynman, Richard P.(1985). QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. Princeton University Press.

Gell-Mann, Murray. (1994). The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex. W. H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-2581-9.

Gould, Steven Jay. (?) Wonderful Life.

Gould, Steven Jay. (?) The Medusa and the Snail.

Gross, Paul, Levitt, N., Lewis, Martin W. (1996) The Flight from Science and Reason. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. ISBN 0-8018-5676-0. pb.

Harrison, E. R. (1981) Cosmology: The Science of the Universe. Cambridge University Press. cloth. ISBN 0-521-22981-2. [Excellent textbook].

Hawking, Steven. (1988). A Brief History of Time. Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-05340-X.

Hawking, Steven and Penrose, Roger. (1996). The Nature of Space and Time. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-03791-4. cloth.

Horgan, John. (1996).The End of Science. Broadway Books. pb. ISBN 0-553-06174-5.

Kefatos, M. and Nadeau, R. (1990). The Conscious Universe: Part and Whole in Modern Physical Theory. Springer Press. ISBN 0-387-97262-5.

Sagan, Carl. (1974). Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science. Ballantine Books. (pb, 1980). ISBN 0-345-28823-8.

Sagan, Carl. (1996). The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-40946-9 pb.

Smoot, George and Davidson, Keay. (1993). Wrinkles in Time. Wm. Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-12330-9 cloth.

Thomas, Lewis. (1974). The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher. Viking Press. ISBN 670-43442-6.

Waldrop, M. Mitchell. (1992). Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. Touchstone, New York.

Weinberg, Steven. (1978). The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe. Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-02435-1. cloth.

Weinberg, Steven. (1992). Dreams of a Final Theory. Random House: Vintage Books pb. ISBN 0-679-74408-8.


Augustine. (389). The City of God.

Bacon, Francis. (1603). Ofthe Interpretation of Nature.

Bacon, Francis. (1620) The New Organon. The Great Instauration.

Boyle, Robert. (1682). A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature. Ed. E. B. Davis, M. Hunter, Cambridge University Press. (1996). ISBN 0-521-56796-3 pb.

Barth, Karl. (1959). Dogmatics in Outline. Harper Torchbooks.

Calvin, John. (1559). Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Fairweather, A.M., ed. (1954). Nature and Grace: Selections from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. Library of Christian Classics. Westminster. Philadelphia.

Galileo. (1632). Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.

Newton, Isaac. (1686). Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

Niebuhr, H. Richard. (1951). Christ and Culture. Harper Colophon, 1975. ISBN 0-06-090431-3. pb.

Polanyi, Michael. (1954). Personal Knowledge: Toward a Post-Critical Philosophy. Harper.

Ramm, Bernard. (1954). The Christian View of Science and Scripture. Eerdmans, pb. ISBN 0-8028-1429-8.

Snow, C. P. (1969).The Two Cultures: and A Second Look. Cambridge Univ. Press. 1st pb ed., 1969. ISBN 0-521-09576-X.


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