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

Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

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?

The Language of God

Francis C. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Beliefhardcover, 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

THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE

THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H. Walton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009. 192 pages. Paperback; List:$16.00.  CBD $11.99 PSCF Review.

Wheaton College biblical scholar John Walton offers an interesting alternative to traditional evangelical views of ancient cosmology. Instead of insisting that God does not err or tell lies and thus allow bad ancient cosmology or twist the text to reflect current views, he asks us to consider the text as the ancient Israelites did. “It is . . . → Read More: THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE