SCIENCE AND RELIGION - Limited Bibliography


A Limited Bibliography

A recent “Legacy Text” by Paul Davies spurred a reaction in some students that I found not unexpected, but still disappointing:  science has all the answers, religion has none.  Instead of arguing myself with those particular students in the Ivy Leaf Program, I thought a better approach would be to prepare a list of books in my own library which I have found quite useful in this very old, yet still current controversy.  Every one of the authors is a serious contributor to this conversation. I invite any of you who receive this bibliography to explore as many of these titles as you like, and to think deeply about the questions they raise in your own minds.

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Edgar Andrews, Who Made God?  Searching for a Theory of Everything.  (Darlington DE:  EP Books, 2009)

Ian G. Barbour, Religion and Science:  Historical and Contemporary Issues.  (HarperSanFran-cisco, 1997)

Gerald V. Bradley & Don DeMarco, eds.Science and Faith: Proceedings from the Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, September 1998, Denver, Colorado.  (South Bend IN:  St. Augustine’s Press, 2001)

Paul C. W. DaviesThe Mind of God.  (New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1992)

           Ibid.,  The Goldilocks Enigma:  Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?  (Boston etc.: Houghton Mifflin, 2006; repr. 2007 as The Cosmic Jackpot)

William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona, eds.,  Evidence for God:  50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy and Science.(Grand Rapids MI:  Baker Books, 2010) 

Patrick Glynn, God:  The Evidence:  The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World.  (Rocklin CA:  Forum, 1997)

Bernard Haisch, The God Theory:  Universes, Zero-Point Fields, and What’s behind It All.  (San Francisco etc.:  Weiser Press, 2006)

John F. Haught, Christianity and Science:  Toward a Theology of Nature.  (Maryknoll NY:  Orbis Books, 2007)

Fred Heeren, Show Me God:  What the Message from Space is Telling Us about God, revised ed.  (Wheeling IL:  Day Star, 1998)

Robert L. Herrmann, ed.Expanding humanity’s Vision of God:  New Thoughts on Science & Religion.  (Radnor PA:  Templeton Foundation Press, 2001)

Cornelius G. HunterScience’s Blind Spot:  The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism.  (Grand Rapids MI:  Brazos Press, 2007)

Stanley L. Jaki, The Road of Science and the Ways to God.  (Univ. of Chicago Press, etc.: 1978)

            Ibid., God and the Cosmologists.  (Washington etc.:  Regnery Gateway, 1989)

            Ibid., The Savior of Science, revised ed.  (Grand Rapids MI, etc.:  2000)

Phillip E. Johnson, The Wedge of Truth:  Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism.  (Downers Grove IL:  InterVarsity Press, 2000) 

John C. Lennox, God’s Undertaker:  Has Science Buried God?  (Oxford:  Lion Hudson, 2007)

Alan Lightman, A Sense of the Mysterious:  Science and the Human Spirit.  (New York:  Vin-tage Books, 2005)

Henry Margenau & Roy Abraham Varghese, eds., Cosmos, Bios, Theos:  Scientists Reflect on Science, God, and the Origins of the Universe, Life, and Homo Sapiens.  (La Salle IL:  Open Court, 1991)

Jay Lombard, The Mind of God:  Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul.  (New York:  Harmony, 2017)

Andrew Newberg, Eugene D’Aquili, & Vince Rause, Why God Won’t Go Away:  Brain Science and the Biology of Belief.  (New York:  Ballantine Books, 2001)

Arthur Peacocke, Theology for a Scientific Age:  Being and Becoming – Natural, Divine, and Human, second ed.  (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 1993)

Ted Peters & Gaymon Bennett, eds., Bridging Science and Religion.  (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2003)

John C. Polkinghorne, Belief in God in an Age of Science.  (New Haven etc.:  Yale Univ. Press, 1998)

Hugh N. Ross, Beyond the Cosmos:  What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal about the Glory and Love of God, second ed.  (Colorado Springs CO:  Navpress, 1999)

Peter Russell, From Science to God:  A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.  (Novato CA:  New World Library, 2003)

Gerald L. Schroeder, The Science of God:  The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom.  (New York:  Broadway Books, 1998)

            Ibid., The Hidden Face of God:  Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth.  (New York etc.:  Touchstone, 2002)

            Ibid., God According to God:  A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong about God All Along.  (New York:  Harper One, 2010)

Gary E. Schwartz & William L. Simon, The G.O.D. Experiments:  How Science is Discover-ing God in Everything, Including Us.  (New York etc.:  2006)

Russell Stannard, The God Experiment:  Can Science Prove the Existence of God?  (Mahwah NJ:  Hidden Spring, 2000)

Rodney Stark, For the Glory of God:  How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery.  (Princeton NJ etc.:  Princeton Univ. Press, 2003)

Frank J. Tipler, The Physics of Christianity.  (New York etc.:  Doubleday, 2007)

Roy Abraham Varghese, ed., The Wonder of the World:  A Journey from Modern Science to the Mind of God.  (Fountain Hills AZ:  Tyr Publishing, 2003)

Mark Vernon, The Big Questions:  God.  (London:  Quercus, 2012)

Keith Ward, Divine Action:  Examining God’s Role in an Open and Emerging Universe, second ed.  (West Conshohocken PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2007)

            Ibid., The Big Questions in Science and Religion. (West Conshohocken PA:  Templeton Foundation Press, 2008)

Larry Witham, The Proof of God:  The Debate That Shaped Modern Belief.  (New York:  Atlas & Co., 2008)

… I have chosen to conclude this exercise with two twentieth-century quotes, the first from Albert Einstein’s Out of My Later Years (1950), the second from Robert Jastrow’s God and the Astronomers (1978):

“Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration towards truth and understanding.  The source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion.  To this also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of exist-ence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason.  I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith.  The situation may be expressed by an image:  Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream.  He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”