There are countless ways to investigate science and religion, but a particularly effective method is to take a historical approach. By situating controversial and confusing topics in their historical context, one is better able to appreciate how individual human values and cultural norms affect the terms of debate. Below is a sampling of books written by some of the world’s preeminent historians of science. You can also browse through the ASA Recommended Book list.
God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter of Christianity and Science, David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers, eds.
The Creationists, by Ronald Numbers
Nature Lost? Natural Science and the German Theological Traditions of the Nineteenth Century, by Frederick Gregory
Charles Darwin: A biography, by Janet Browne
Charles Darwin, Geologist, by Sandra Herbert
T.H. Huxley’s Place in Natural Science, by Mario Gregorio
Darwin’s forgotten defenders: The encounter between evangelical theory and evolutionary thought, by David Livingston
The Death of Adam: Evolution and its Impact on Western Thought, by Mott Greene
Politics of Evolution; Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London, by Adrian Desmond
Geology in the Nineteenth Century: Changing Views of a Changing World, by Mott Greene
Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time, by Stephen Gould
The meaning of fossils: Episodes in the history of paleontology, by Martin Rudwick