Science and Religion Around the World

John Headley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers, Science and Religion Around the World, Dec 2010 Oxford University Press USA, Paperback: 236 pages, List: $29.95, Amazon $29.95 (or less)

The past quarter-century has seen an explosion of interest in the history of science and religion. But all too often the scholars writing it have focused their attention almost exclusively on the Christian experience, with only passing reference to other traditions of both science and faith. At a time when religious ignorance and misunderstanding have lethal consequences, such provincialism must be avoided and, in this pioneering effort to explore . . . → Read More: Science and Religion Around the World

Adam’s Ancestors: Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context,

David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context, hardcover, 2008 320 pp. 2 halftones, 24 line drawings (List: $35.00, Amazon:$28.63).

“A great piece of scholarship and an equally great read. Particularly instructive is Livingstone’s discussion of monogenism, polygenism, and the various ways these theories of human origins were used in the social and political arena. This is a substantial contribution to the history of anthropology, of evolution theory, of race and racialist thought, and of science and religion.” –Nicolaas . . . → Read More: Adam’s Ancestors: Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context,

The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

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

When Science and Christianity Meet

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

GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION

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

Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

Keith Miller ed., Perspectives on an Evolving Creation 528 pages, ISBN: 0802805124, 2003, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing,Paperback (List: $36.00, CBD: $27.99)

“Here is a book that I would call ‘state of the art’ in this controversy.”–Terry Morrison (former director of Faculty Ministry for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship).” (full-length review)

“An ambitious book with an impressive list of able contributors, Perspectives on an Evolving Creation should be read by everyone interested in the . . . → Read More: Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

Signature in the Cell: DNA Evidence For Intelligent Design

Stephen C. Meyer, Signature in the Cell: DNA Evidence For Intelligent Design, 288 pages, 2009 HarperOne. Hardcover, (List, $28.99, CBD: $18.99)

“…The answer that Signature in the Cell gives to the DNA enigma, Dr. Meyer acknowledged, will not be to the liking of everyone, neither to Dawkins and his followers nor to others “one thinks of theistic evolutionists’  who are committed to opposing any idea that science can have something to say about ultimate questions, including religious ones…but (assume) the primary obligation of a scientist is to follow the evidence where it leads.” —PSCF PSCF Essay Review (12-2010)

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer . . . → Read More: Signature in the Cell: DNA Evidence For Intelligent Design

Darwin’s Sacred Cause

Adrian Desmondand James Moore,   Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution, Hardcover, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2009  (List $35.00, Amazon $16.46)

“Arresting . . . confront[s] the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on . . . Adrian Desmond and JamesMoore published a highly regarded biography of Darwin in 1991 . . . the case they make is rich and intricate, involving Darwin’s encounter with race-based phrenology at Edinburgh and a religiously based opposition to slavery at Cambridge. Even Darwin’s courtship of Emma, whom he winningly called ‘the most interesting specimen in the whole . . . → Read More: Darwin’s Sacred Cause

Evolutionary Creation

Denis O. Lamoureux  Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution.Paperback, 493 pp. 2008, ISBN:1556355815, Wipf Stock Publishers (List:$55.00, CBD: $49.99)

Denis Lamoureux is a person of faith and of intellectual integrity. His holistic and integrated view of science and Christian theology springs from both his broad academic training and his deeply held evangelical faith. This book is notable for the manner in which it forthrightly and unflinchingly addresses difficult issues at the interface of science and theology. In doing so, it remains faithful to the authority of scripture, the historical testimony of the church, and . . . → Read More: Evolutionary Creation