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Darrell R. Falk

G. B. Ferngren ed

Dick Fischer

Margaret Gray Towne

Richard T Wright

Older Recommended Books....in case you missed them the first time around





 

Darrell R. Falk, Coming to Peace with Science Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology, 235 pp., ISBN: 0830827420, 2004, Intervarsity Press, Paperback, (List: $17.00, CBD: $12.99 ). PSCF Review

"In my book, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds between Faith and Biology, published in 2004, I explain my personal struggle with trying to bring harmony between my life as a biologist and the evangelical faith of my youth. I spend considerable time explaining how I have become certain that all organisms are related to each other through common descent, while simultaneously attempting to show that this belief is not contrary to any tenets at the core of what it means to be an evangelical. In doing so, I take on young-Earth creationism, obviously, but also express grave doubts about the premise of the intelligent design movement, especially that one might be able to use scientific techniques to demonstrate Godĺ─˘s hand in creation. My biggest goal in all of this has been to make it clear that one can be a full-fledged evangelical ĺ─ţ with a sincere faith in personal salvation, a God who knows our name and hears our prayers, the reality of the virgin birth and resurrection, the pervasive presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world, the reality of miracles and the inspired authority of Scripture ĺ─ţ and yet still believe God created the Earth gradually over billions of years using biologyĺ─˘s tools."-- Science and Theology News

Falk is professor of biology, associate provost, and dean of graduate studies and continuing education at Point Loma Nazarene University in Point Loma, California.



G. B. Ferngren ed., Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction , 401 pages. ISBN:0801870380.2002. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, Paperback. (List: $21.95, Amazon: $20.85) PSCF Review

"This book is a selection of essays reproduced from the comprehensive History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia edited by Gary Ferngren. Professor of history at Oregon State and author of numerous articles on science and religion, Ferngren has selected thirty articles focusing on the major sites of interaction within the West to craft an outstanding introductory text. The result is a detailed and scholarly book that is accessible for a scientifically inclined audience. The essays are grouped into seven sections roughly following the development of science from the pre-modern period to the present. Each essay is arranged in short sections, the first being a very helpful overview and orientation of the key issues under discussion. The result is a series of articles that generally provide an excellent selection of topics. The book has potential as an introductory textbook with many of the self-contained essays being ideal for out of class assignments. ASA readers will find this a valuable book for the classroom and an essential resource for libraries that do not have the larger volume."--Fraser F. Fleming

Gary Ferngren's research interests focus on the social history of ancient medicine, religion and ancient medicine, and the historical relationship of science to religion.

Dick Fischer, The Origins Solution: An Answer in the Creation-Evolution Debate 382 pages. ISBN-10: 1556731884, 1996 CSS Publishing Company, Paperback. (List: $14.95 Amazon: $14.95) PSCF Review

"This is an important book due, not in the least part, to Fischer's ability to focus directly and clearly on specific issues and not entertain distractions. Certainly some will argue that his focus is wrong, but to me that is less important at this point than having issues presented in a manner simple enough that anyone can grasp them. For example, one of the reasons I drifted away from faith had to do with the interpretation that Adam was the first human. This was understood to mean that not only our spiritual but our physical being derived directly from Adam. This had come to have no sense. However, I was caught up in other things and never tried to think it through. Had I done so, I would not have succeeded for I simply do not have the necessary background in biblical scholarship. But it was clear that not only did Adam have neighbors but, upon leaving Eden, he had access to cultural implements (metal tools) and practices (agriculture) not present at the inception of bipedalism or at the beginning of the expansion of the brain or (probably) at the time of the origin of language. (Each of these attributes has been taken at one time or another to mark the line between Hominid
and human.)"--Braxton M. Alfred

 

Margaret Gray Towne, Honest to Genesis: A Biblical and Scientific Challenge to
Creationism
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381 pages. ISBN-10:159286497X, 2003,. Frederick, MD 21705: Publish America, Paperback. (Amazon: $24.95)

"This is an informative book by ASA and CSCA Newsletter co-editor Margaret Towne who holds degrees in theology and biology. In it is a wide-ranging study of the origin and ordered development of the cosmos. ..Towne affirms the biblical doctrine of creation and links this with the observations of science. She postulates that the inter-relatedness of the biota is explained by an evolving process. She shows how the discoveries of molecular biology, the ineradicable fossil record, paleontology, and even the geographical distribution of distinctive flora and fauna support this view...Towneĺ─˘s expertise in these fields allows her to succinctly explain the meaning of the story of the early parts of Genesis for the thoughtful, seeking Christian and yet to effectively answer the counterclaims made by the ĺ─˙creationists.ĺ─¨ "In Chapter 7, Towne shows that there is no necessity to fear the truth. She says that some Christians are defending their beliefs and in doing so do a disservice to the churches which they are a part. Fundamentalism, once rhetorically moderate with intellectual depth is now seen as a militant, anti-intellectual, ecclesiastically separate branch of the churches. Subsequent chapters discuss origins and confront the dogmas based on a young earth ĺ─˙creationismĺ─¨ with carefully argued responses. This discussion is excellent because it answers each postulate of the ĺ─˙creationists.ĺ─¨ Towne accepts the recent studies of the human genome confirming that humans are an evolved species. The message of this book is that trained, disciplined critical thinkers are urgently needed in Christian communities. Honest to Genesis makes excellent reading, leaving the impression that intellectual bondage is not the hallmark of authentic Christianity. I highly recommend this book to all readers of this review, especially students and leaders in churches. Also for libraries. It is a suitable book for discussion in study groups."--KNP Mickleson

Dr Towne holds degrees in theology and biology and is currently an adjunct professor at UNLV

 

Richard T. Wright, Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, revised and updated edition, 309 pages. ISBN: 0060696958, 2003, Harper San Francisco, Paperback (Amazon: $15.99)

"Biology through the Eyes of Faith [BEoF] attempts to make the reader aware of the struggles that occur with someone who professes a Christian faith (primarily evangelical or fundamental [EC]) with the current understandings of biological sciences and the impact that these science have had in our world. While Wight attempts to be neutral in his approach, as with most  people who are passionate with their field of expertise, his biases break  through. The reader can sense how his striving for practicing of both  good science and being honest to his faith can be accomplished.  BEoF first introduces the reader to passion that someone in biology  has for his/her profession. Wright then addresses how this person integrates his/her EC faith structure into biology and where conflicts occur. He addresses the varied EC faith/science integration approaches and attempts to identify the strengths and weakness of each. BEoF discusses many of the areas in biology that the EC community struggles; such as origins, genetic engineering, stem-cell research and the environment to name a few. This comprehensive work,  one of a series cosponsored by the Christian College Coalition, addresses the needs of the Christian student of biology to align both science and faith. It demonstrates that the study of biology penetrates to the very depths of existence and  can contribute to the construction of a consistent Christian world view."--J. M. Moore