If you're interested in learning more about how Christianity and science relate, you've come to the right place! I've compiled a list of the best books on the topic for you to consider.
Whether you are an agnostic or a Christian, you are likely to encounter some sort of conflict between science and Christianity at one point or another. That is why it is important to read books on Christianity and science that offer a fair and balanced perspective.
Despite the apparent conflict between science and religion, there are plenty of excellent books that help us to understand these subjects more fully. Whether these works use science to increase our understanding of Christianity or simply take an unorthodox approach, keep scrolling to find out more about the great books they're all worth reading.
How I Choose
There are hundreds of books on the subject of science and religion. But choosing the best ones can be challenging.
Having read through countless reviews from Christians and atheists, I narrowed down the top 10 books on this topic. I also looked for certain criteria that matter most for people interested in this subject.
I wanted to find books that are logical and well-grounded, while not skirting around difficult theological issues.
Reflection on the Existence of God
Regardless of your faith or lack thereof, it is important to keep an open mind about the relationship between religion and science.
In his book, Reflection on the Existence of God, Richard E Simmons III discusses the various ways in which we can understand the concept of divine existence. He covers biblical authority and ways of interpreting the first three books of Genesis, Adam and Eve, death and suffering in relation to the fall, how God interacts with the natural world, methodological naturalism versus natural theology, and the explanatory power of biological evolution.
He also covers the importance of evidence-based belief, examining different ways to evaluate the strength of arguments for and against God’s existence. In particular, he focuses on the “fine-tuning” argument and how it fits into the scientific model of nature.
Why Beliefs Matter
E Brian Davies is a professor of mathematics at King’s College, London, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He developed the theory of open quantum systems and has published over 300 articles and four books on various aspects of physics and mathematical theory.
Throughout this book, Davies discusses a wide range of topics including the nature of evil and its relation to religion, the psychology of atheism, and the importance of belief in God. He also offers a strong argument against atheism, which shows the philosophical and psychological difficulties of trying to live without a God.
his book covers a variety of topics including the foundation for morality, science, evolution, the psychology of atheism, and the evidence for Jesus and the resurrection.
In On Guard, Craig discusses how to defend your faith and advance discussions in your Christian community by applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. He includes helpful illustrations and sidebars, as well as memorizable steps for Christians to use in their defense of their beliefs.
Christians confess that God created the heavens and the earth. However, how did he do it and does the Bible give us a scientifically accurate account?
There are two main views on how the universe was formed and how life came to be. One is based on unlimited time and random selection. The other is based on natural selection and evolution.
Old Earth creationism is a form of creationism that holds that the six-day period in the Genesis creation narrative was a literal 24-hour day. It also holds that all death and suffering occurred before the fall of man.
In this book, representatives from Reasons to Believe (RTB) and BioLogos engage in charitable dialogue on questions of creation and evolution. Instead of providing a traditional "two-views" approach, the book helps lay, readers, identify science-and-faith issues and appreciate how they and the church can benefit from the conversation.
Three Views on Christianity and Science
Many Christians struggle with the relationship between science and Christianity. In addition to conflict outside the church, it is also possible to have conflict within the church. In both cases, opposing viewpoints about the relationship between these two domains can lead to hostility.
This book looks at three major views on the relationship between Christianity and science. It presents the proponents of young earth creationism, old earth creationism, and theistic evolution as they explain their views, tell why these issues are important and describe how they relate to each other.
There are several important issues on which Christians disagree, but one of the most controversial is the question of human origins. The scientific findings and theories relevant to this question challenge the traditional religious accounts of humanity, such as the special creation, Adam and Eve, and original sin.
The Language of God
Collins argues that theistic evolution, also known as BioLogos, can reconcile faith and science. He shows how this theory respects scientific facts and religious beliefs equally while offering a solution to the problems of creationism and Intelligent Design in biology.
His book is a well-written, thoughtful, and inspiring document for believers, seekers, and atheists alike. His own journey from agnosticism to Christianity is told in the first part, and he answers common objections to a belief in God.
The book then focuses on the evidence that supports a belief in God from several disciplines. Collins discusses arguments from biology, astrophysics, psychology, and other fields. He cites many famous thinkers, including C.S. Lewis, as well as Saint Augustine, Stephen Hawking, and Charles Darwin.
How I Changed My Mind About Evolution
No topic in modern science has caused as much tension within the Christian community as evolution. Especially for young evangelicals, the idea of evolution elicits fear and suspicion.
Fortunately, many Christians have made the journey of reconciling their faith with evolution. This book brings together twenty-five first-person narratives from scientists, biblical scholars, and pastors who have come to accept evolutionary creationism (or theistic evolution) as the best scientific explanation of how God created the diversity of life on earth.
It was hard for the contributors to reconcile their faith with evolutionary theory. It was the journey from fear to worshipful discovery for each of them that brought science and faith into harmony.
Can Science Explain Everything?
If you are a Christian and have come to believe in the scientific method, you may be curious about whether science is able to explain everything. This book, written by an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford and a prominent figure in the debate between science and theism, answers this question.
Throughout the book, Lennox explains why he believes that being a scientist does not preclude belief in God. He also shares with us his experience as an academic where he faced attempts to shame him into rejecting the Christian faith.
This is a well-written, powerful book that will provide the Christian with a great foundation for apologetics. It will be especially helpful to high schoolers, college students, or congregants who are asking good questions about their faith in a world where skeptics seem to have exclusive claims.
The Manifold Beauty of Genesis One
The Manifold Beauty of Genesis One is a thoughtful book that provides readers with a variety of different perspectives on the creation account. It is co-authored by a professor of geology and an Old Testament professor, but the authors are not trying to defend any one interpretation over another, instead, they try to show that all of these different approaches can be seen in the text itself.
The author points out how many people read Genesis 1 at a very superficial level and do not realize there are so many layers of meaning to this chapter. He compares it to a prism that disperses a ray of light.
Each layer highlights a different aspect of the creation account. They include Song, Analogy, Polemic, Covenant, Temple, Calendar, and Land.
The authors highlight how all of these different themes in the creation story represent and symbolize God. They also discuss how these themes impact so much of the later Bible, from the tabernacle and temple imagery in the wilderness, to the later temple imagery in Jerusalem and even into the New Testament.
The right book for you!
The relationship between Christianity and Science is a complicated one. But there are a number of amazing books that explore this fascinating topic like religious belief, Christian tradition, Christian theology, contemporary science, mere Christianity, etc. These books can help us to see the potential for collaboration and understanding between the two and challenge our assumptions about the relationship.