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Monday, 2 July 2007

Evangelicals and Evolution: Selected Bibliography

(Last updated November 6, 2007)

Alexander, Denis. "Can Science Explain Everything? Scientific Naturalism and the Death of Science." The Cambridge Papers 8 #2, (June 1999): December 2006, http://www.cis.org.uk/resources/articles/article_archive/naturalism.htm (accessed December 2006).

———. "Is Intelligent Design Biblical?" Evangelicals Now (2005): December 2006, http://cis.org.uk/resources/articles/article_archive/EN_IDarticle.pdf.

———. Rebuilding the Matrix : Science and Faith in the 21st Century. 1st ed. Oxford: Lion Books, 2001.

———. "Does Evolution have any Religious Significance? "http://www.cis.org.uk/resources/articles/article_archive/evolution_relig_signif/alexander_01.htm (accessed December, 2006).

Bimson, John. "Reconsidering a "Cosmic Fall"." Science and Christain Belief 18, (2006): 63-81.

Bright, John. A History of Israel. 4th ed. Louisville, Ky: Westminster J. Knox Press, 2000.

Collins, Francis. The Language of God : A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Collins, Robin. "Evolution and Original Sin." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 469-501. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Dembinski, William. "Christian Theodicy in Light of Genesis and Modern Science." http://www.designinference.com/documents/2006.05.christian_theodicy.pdf (accessed December, 2006).

Dickerson, Richard. "The Game of Science: Reflections After Arguing with some rather Overwrought People." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 44, no. 2 (June 1992): 137-138.

Enns, Peter. Inspiration and Incarnation : Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

Falk, Darrel. Coming to Peace with Science : Bridging the Worlds between Faith and Biology. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Fischer, D. "In Search of the Historical Adam: Part 2." Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith 46, (1994): 47-57.

———. "In Search of the Historical Adam: Part 1." Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith 45, (1993): 241-250.

Gingerich, Owen. God's Universe Owen Gingerich. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.

Glover, Gordon. Beyond the Firmament, Watertree Press, 2007.

Gould, Stephen Jay. "Evolution as Fact and Theory." http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/gould_fact-and-theory.html.

Gray, Terry. "Biochemistry and Evolution." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 256-287. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

———. "Complexity--Yes! Irreducible--Maybe! Unexplainable--no! A Creationist Criticism of Irreducible Complexity." ASA. http://www.asa3.org/evolution/irred_compl.html (December 2006).

Haarsma, Deborah and Jennifer Wiseman. "An Evolving Cosmos." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 97-119. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Haarsma, Loren. "Can Many World Views Agree on Science?" Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54, no. 1 (March 2002): 28-29.

———. "Chance from a Theistic Perspective." Talk Origins. http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/chance/chance-theistic.html (May 2006).

———. "Is Intelligent Design Scientific?" ASA. http://www.asa3.org:16080/ASA/meetings/Messiah2005/papers/IsIDScientific_ASA2005.htm (May 2006).

———. "Does Science Exclude God? Natural Law, Chance, Miracles, and Scientific Practice." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 72-94. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Haarsma, Loren and Terry Gray. "Complexity, Self Organization, and Design." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 288-312. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Harvey, Allan. "Science and Nature in Christian Perspective." http://steamdoc.s5.com/sci-nature/.

Haught, JohnF and CarlS Helrich. Purpose, Evolution and the Meaning of Life : Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2005.

Hughes, PhilipEdgcumbe. The True Image : The Origin and Destiny of Man in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1989.

Hurd, James. "Reply to the Real Adam and Original Sin." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 58, no. 2 (June 2006): 102-3.

———. "Hominids in the Garden." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 208-233. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Hyers, Conrad. "Dinosaur Religion: On Interpreting and Misinterpreting the Creation Texts." JASA #36 September, (1984): 142-148.

———. "Biblical Literalism: Constricting the Cosmic Dance." The Christian Century Aug 4, (1982): 832-841.

Isaac, Randy. "From Gaps to Gods." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 57, no. 3 (Sept 2005): 230-4.

———. "Assessing the RATE Project." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 59, (2007): 143-146.

———. "Chronology of the Fall." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 48, (1996): 34-42.

Krienke, Karl. "Theodicy and Evolution." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 44, no. 4 (Dec 1992): 255-257.

Lamoureau, Denis. "Evolutionary Creationism". http://www.ualberta.ca/~dlamoure/3EvoCr.htm (May 2006).

Lindberg, DavidC and RonaldL Numbers. When Science & Christianity Meet. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Livingstone, DavidN. Darwin's Forgotten Defenders : The Encounter between Evangelical Theology and Evolutionary Thought. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Edinburgh, Scotland: W.B. Eerdmans; Scottish Academic Press, 1987.

Long, V. Philips, GordonJ Wenham, and DavidW Baker. Windows into Old Testament History : Evidence, Argument, and the Crisis of "Biblical Israel". Grand Rapids, Mich. ; Cambridge, U.K.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002.

Marsden, George M. Reforming Fundamentalism : Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1987.

———. Fundamentalism and American Culture : The Shaping of Twentieth Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

McGrath, AlisterE. "Has Science Eliminated God?" CiS-St Edmund's Online Lectures. http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/cis/mcgrath/index.html.

———. Dawkins' God : Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life. Oxford: Blackwell Pub., 2005.

McIntyre, J. A. "The Historical Adam." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54, no. 3 (Sept. 2002): 150-7.

———. "The Real Adam and Original Sin." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 58, no. 2 (June 2006): 90-8.

Menninga, Clarence. "Creation, Time, and "Apparent Age"." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 40, no. 3 (Sept 1988): 160-2.

———. "Disease and Dying in the Fossil Record." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 51, no. 4 (Dec 1999): 226-230.

Miller, Roman. "Do we Debate Or Dialogue Issues of Science and Faith?" Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 59, no. 1 (March 2007): 1-2.

Miller, KeithB. "Theological Implications of an Evolving Creation." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 45, no. 3 (September 1993): 150-160.

———. "The Similarity of Theory Testing in the Historical and “Hard” Sciences." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54, no. 2 (June 2002): 119-122.

———. "Common Descent, Transitional Forms, and the Fossil Record." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 152-181. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

———. Perspectives on an Evolving Creation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Miller, KeithB and David Campbell. "The "Cambrian Explosion": A Challenge to Evolutionary Theory?" In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 182-204. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Miller, KennethR. Finding Darwin's God : A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution. New York: Cliff Street Books, 1999.

Morris, SimonConway. "The Boyle Lecture 2005: Darwin's Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation." Science and Christain Belief 18, (2006): 5-22.

Murphy, GeorgeL. "Reading God's Two Books." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 58, no. 1 (March 2006): 64-7.

———. "Chiasmic Cosmology and Creation's Functional Integrity." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 53, no. 1 (March 2001): 7-13.

———. "A Theological Argument for Evolution." Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation 38, no. 1 (March 1986): 19-26.

———. "Roads to Paradise and Perdition: Christ, Evolution, and Original Sin." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 58, no. 2 (June 2006): 109-118.

———. "Christology, Evolution, and the Cross." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 370-389. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

———. The Cosmos in the Light of the Cross. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2003.

———. "The Theology of the Cross and God's Work in the World." Zygon® 33, no. 2 (1998): 221-231.

Murphy, Nancey C. Bodies and Souls, Or Spirited Bodies?. Current Issues in Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Murphy, NanceyC. Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism : How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda. Rockwell Lecture Series. Valley Forge, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 1996.

Murphy, NanceyC and CarlS Helrich. Religion and Science : God, Evolution and the Soul by Nancey Murphy : Proceedings of the Goshen Conference on Religion and Science. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2002.

Noll, MarkA. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press, 1994.

Numbers, Ronald L. The Creationists : From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design. Expand ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Peters, Ted and Martin Hewlett. Can You Believe in God and Evolution? : A Guide for the Perplexed. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

———. Evolution from Creation to New Creation : Conflict, Conversation , andConvergence. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Plantinga, Alvin. "Methodological Naturalism." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 49, no. 3 (Sept 1997): 143-154.

———. God, Freedom, and Evil. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977.

Polkinghorne, J. C. Creation, Time, and Evil. The Faraday Institute of Science and Religion. 2006. Summer 2006 Lecture Series. , http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/resources/Summer%20Course%201/045_John_Polkinghorne3.mp3.

———. Science and Theology : An Introduction. London; Minneapolis, Minn.: Spck; Fortress Press, 1998.

———. Science and Christian Belief Theological Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker. Gifford Lectures for 1993-4. London: Spck, 1994.

———. Science and Providence : God's Interaction with the World. London: Spck, 1989.

Poole, Michael. "Explaining Or Explaining Away?" Science and Christain Belief 14, (2002): 123-142.

Poole, Michael and GordonJ Wenham. Creation Or Evolution : A False Antithesis?. Latimer Studies. Vol. 23-24. Oxford: Latimer House, 1987.

Reynolds, Hugh. "Creation and Intelligent Design: A New Testament Perspective." http://www.cis.org.uk/resources/articles/article_archive/EN_IDarticle.pdf (May 2006).

Roberts, Michael. "Genesis Chapter 1 and Geological Time from Hugo Grotius and Marin Mersenne to William Conybeare and Thomas Chalmers (1620–1825)." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 273, (2007): 39-49.

Rogers, Jack Bartlett and Donald K. McKim. The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible : An Historical Approach. 1st ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979.

Rusbult, Craig. "Naturalism and NATURALISM (Two Meanings: Descriptive and Atheistic)." ASA. http://www.asa3.org/asa/education/origins/naturalism.htm (January 2007).

Sandeen, ErnestRobert. The Roots of Fundamentalism ; British and American Millenarianism, 1800-1930. Twin Brooks Series. New ]. -- ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1978.

Sarna, NahumM. Understanding Genesis. The Heritage of Biblical Israel. Vol. 1. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1967.

Schneider, Robert. "Essays on Science and Faith: Perspectives on Christianity and Science." http://community.berea.edu/scienceandfaith/essays.asp.

Seely, Paul. "The Date of the Tower of Babel and some Theological Implications." Westminster Theological Journal 63, (2001): 15-38.

———. "The Geographical Meaning of "Earth" and "Seas" in Genesis 1: 10." Westminster Theological Journal 59, (1997): 231-255.

———. "The Firmament and the Water Above. Part I: The Meaning of Raqia in Gen 1: 6-8." Westminster Theological Journal 53, (1991): 241-261.

Singh, Simon. Big Bang : The Origin of the Universe. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Fourth Estate, 2004.

Stackhouse, John Gordon. Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century : An Introduction to its Character. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Stackhouse, JohnGordon. Can God be Trusted? : Faith and the Challenge of Evil. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Theobald, Douglas. "29+ Evidences for Macroevolution (3 Articles)." Talk Origins. http://www.talkorigens.org/faqs/comdesc (May 2006).

Thorson, Walter. "Legitimacy and Scope of “Naturalism” in Science - Part 1: Theological Basis for "Naturalistic" Science." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54, no. 1 (March 2002): 2-11.

———. "Legitimacy and Scope of “Naturalism” in Science - Part II:Scope for New Scientific Paradigms." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54, no. 1 (March 2002): 12-21.

VanTil, Howard. "Is the Universe Capable of Evolving?" In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 313-334. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Wenham, GordonJ. "Original Sin in Genesis 1-11." The Churchman 104, no. 4 (1990).

———. "The Place of Biblical Criticism in Theological Study." Themelios (1989): 84-9.

———. Genesis 1-15. Word Biblical Commentary. Vol. 1. Dallas, Tex.: Word Books, 1987.

Wiens, Roger. "Radiometric Dating: A Christian Perspective." http://www.asa3.org/aSA/resources/Wiens.html (December 2006).

Wilcox, DavidL. "Establishing Adam: Recent Evidences for a Late Date Adam." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 56, no. 1 (March 2004): 49-54.

———. God and Evolution : A Faith-Based Understanding. 1st ed. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 2004.

———. "Finding Adam: The Genetics of Human Origins." In Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, edited by Keith B. Miller, 234-253. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Wilkins, John. "Evolution and Chance." Talk Origins. http://www.talkorigens.org/faqs/chance/chance.html (December 2006).

Young, D. A. "The Antiquity and the Unity of the Human Race Revisited." Christian Scholar's Review 24, (1995): 380-396.

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7 comments:

nedbrek said...

Hello Steve,
I read the Stephen J. Gould "Evolution as Fact and Theory" and made a post on blog.

My question for you is, "What is the best evidence you have seen for evolution?"

Thanks!

Gordon J. Glover said...

Nedbrek, Great Question! I'm actually producing a short internet video series entitled, "What's so great about evolution?" that breaks it all down.

First off, evolution is a theoretical model of biological change that attempts to provide a coherent naturalistic explanation for those things we observe in nature. It claims that all species have decended from common ancestors in an unbroken chain of life that stretches back 3.8 billion years to the first living cells (which were bacteria).

The problem is that the process of speciation, that is - one species accumulating enough changes to be considered separate from its ancestors, takes so stinking long (millions of years) that we can't just catch it in the act of happening. So in order to test the theory of evolution, we have to be a little more creative.

The best evidence that common descent is a valid scientific model comes from three distinct lines of evidence: morphology, the fossil record, and molecular genetics. The data from each of the lines of evidence fits almost perfectly into the patterns that should be expected if evolution were true. If evolution were not true, then we should expect the anatomical similarities and difference between species (morphology) to follow different patterns, and we should the expect the geological and geographical distribution of fossils to follow different patterns, and we should expect the genetic similaries and differences between species to follow different patterns. In fact, if molecular genetics in the last 50 years were to have revealed a different pattern than the fossil record or morphology (over 100 years ago), then evolution would have been tossed out in the 1960's. But after 150 years, the model of common descent has survided many challenges and is repeatedly confirmed by the physical evidence.

Of course, as with any scientific model, it is only considered valid as long as it works (remember the geocentric model of the solar system). As soon as evidence is discovered that contradicts the model, it will have to be replaced. Many people have been misled to believe that there are mountains of evidence against evolution. But this is simply not ture. You can't just point to a few things that lack a convincing explanation and claim that the model itself must be invalid - that's not how science works. If that were the case, then we would have to challenge the theory of gravity since science has yet to explain how it works, despite that fact that its effects can be seen. Evolution is very similar. The evidence that it happened can clearly be seen (fact), but scientists no clear answers as to exactly how each step unfolded (theory).

Here is a good blog that deals with the evidence: http://sfmatheson.blogspot.com/

-GJG
http://www.beyondthefirmament.com

Steve Martin said...

Hi nedbrek,
I guess it depends on what you mean. Do you mean the best source for evidence? The best one "knock-out" piece of evidence? What evidence convinced me -(given that at one point I was a convinced that evolution was bunk)?

For me, it was definitely NOT a formal weighing of all the scientific evidence (although I’ve now read quite a bit on both sides). I think very, very few people make any decision like this – there are always other things that affect our decisions. More important for me was how other Christians approached the topic.
1. From what I could see, I felt that Christian anti-evolutionists were not being honest in the portrayal of the data. When “your own side” is showing a lack of integrity, you start to wonder if you are on the right side.
2. I saw how Christians, deeply committed Christians who upheld the integrity of scripture, were able to reconcile biological evolution with their faith.

Once I reached that point, and the evidence for evolution was no longer threatening, my investigation led me to believe that the evidence for evolution was WAY stronger than against it. And I think the most important factor is that it is a coherent theory that has stood the test of scientific scrutiny. (As Gordon notes, so much new evidence from genetics has only enhanced the theory in the last few decades). Note that I believe I was (am) quite neutral to whether biological evolution should be true. After all, what does that have to do with the fact that God incarnate died, and through the resurrection conquered death?

So for me, the main “evidence” was first and foremost how Christians reacted to evolution, not to the scientific evidence itself.

nedbrek said...

I learned evolution in my (Catholic) high school. It's only recently that I've reviewed the evidence and found it lacking...

Steve, I understand your point about overzealous creationists. I also respect old earther David Heddle (helives.blogspot.com).

Do you have posts on the Flood? Are you "local flooders" or "global flooders"?

Thanks!

Steve Martin said...

hi nedbrek,
I haven't posted anything on the flood, and probably won't. Not sure I have anything unique or pertinent to add. I could be wrong, but I think most everyone who is not a YEC / "flood geology" supporter would agree that the flood was a local event. One helpful article is here: http://www.asa3.org/asa/PSCF/2002/PSCF9-02Hill.pdf.

T'sinadree said...

I recently came across another resource that might be of interest. It’s a new book and podcast by Denis Alexander.

Alexander, Denis. Creation or Evolution?: Do We Have to Choose? Oxford: Lion Hudson PLC, 2008. ISBN: 0-8254-6292-4 (Paperback).

Brief Description:
What do we mean by creation and evolution? What are the common scientific objections to evolution? Is evolution atheistic? Who were Adam and Eve? Can the concept of the fall be reconciled with evolutionary theory? How could a God of love create a world where animals kill each other? What about intelligent design? Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, helps readers sort out the answers to these tricky questions.

There’s also a wonderful, recent exchange between Denis Alexander and Stephen Lloyd (YEC) on this subject on the UK-based Premier Christian Radio’s highly recommended show Unbelievable?.

airbornisgood4u said...

Great resources! The single piece of evidence that made me accept common descent was the presence of pseudogenes, junk DNA, and genes that are "turned off" in the human genome. The more I listened to Fuzz Rana's arguments against pseudogenes, the stronger the arguments FOR pseudogenes became to me. While I still have huge respect for Rana in other areas, I think RTB is wrong about common descent.

It is just absolutely incompressible to me why God would put such genes in our DNA if we were special creations. I'd rather preserve the traditional doctrine of God and his all encompassing goodness and alter my views of creation than the other way around.

Also, for resources, for those of us who believe in a literal Adam, I find Gary T. Mayer's book, "New Evidence for Two Human Origins" to be the single best book that harmonizes a literal Adam and evolution. My review of it is on amazon although I'm actually Mark not Judy. http://www.amazon.com/New-Evidence-Two-Human-Origins/dp/1425973221/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229992969&sr=8-1

His position is similar to that of Peter Rust. Don't forget his paper either. http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2007/PSCF9-07Ruest.pdf