Michael Murray, Jeffrey Schloss, eds. The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion , 2010 Oxford University Press, 384 pages, Bibliography, Index, Paperback (List: $35.00, Amazon $30.61)
Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, . . . → Read More: The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion
David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers, editors When Science and Christianity Meet. 368 pages., 2008, Paper, University of Chicago Press. (List: $20.00, Amazon: $18.00) PSCF Review
“…The eleven authors have worked under strong editorial hands resulting in accounts that fit together ‘even reveal a pattern’ in address[ing] the varied relationships between two powerful cultural traditions attempting, sometimes, to occupy the same intellectual and social ground (pp. 4-5)… bring perspective to more recent concerns over the place of God in nature including the efforts of partisans of ID to rewrite the ground rules of . . . → Read More: When Science and Christianity Meet
Ronald L. Numbers, Ed. GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION, Harvard University Press, 2009. xi + 302 pages, including notes and index. Hardcover; (List: $27.95. )
The Myths: 1. That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science 2. That the Medieval Christian Church Suppressed the Growth of Science 3. That Medieval Christians Taught That the Earth Was Flat 4. That Medieval Islamic Culture Was Inhospitable to Science 5. That the Medieval Church Prohibited Human Dissection 6. That the Copernican System Demoted . . . → Read More: GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Denis Alexander, Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? paper, Kregel Publications 352 pp. 2009 (List $18.99 , CBD $13.99 ).
“Many scientists, championed by the likes of Richard Dawkins, argue with an almost evangelical zeal that science has all but disproved God. As these views begin to take root in society it is vital that Christians are able to expose the flaws and inconsistencies in the underlying arguments.Yet this task is made harder by some Christians whose desire to uphold the authority of Scripture has led them to dismiss current scientific understanding of the Universe and especially . . . → Read More: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
Francis C. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, hardcover, 304 pp. , 2006, Simon & Schuster. (List: $26.00, CBD: $18.99) PSCF Essay Review
“…So what are we talking about when we talk about God? The geneticist Francis S. Collins bravely sets out to answer this question in light of his scientific knowledge and his Christian faith. Having found for himself “a richly satisfying harmony between the scientific and spiritual worldviews,” he seeks to persuade others that “belief in God can be an entirely rational choice, and that the principles of faith . . . → Read More: The Language of God