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Why should Christians consider evolutionary creation?

Because evolution is a challenging subject, many Christians are tempted to simply ignore or reject it. Yet considering evolutionary creation has important benefits for Christians both in our relationship with the Creator, and with our relationships with other people—believers and non-Christians alike. First, Christians should study evolution because (like all the natural sciences) it is the study of God’s creation. Creation itself is a complementary revelation to what is communicated in the Scriptures, and through it God shows how and when he brought about life, to his honor and glory. Studying the creation is also an invitation into a deeper understanding of the attributes and character of Father, Son and Spirit. Second, considering evolutionary creation aids the Church in its gospel mission, supporting young Christians in their faith, helping answer critics, and equipping us to engage effectively in the wider culture. An anti-evolution attitude can harm Christian young people by presenting them with a false choice between pursuing science OR holding to faith. Similarly, a hostile attitude towards evolution can hinder evangelism when seekers hear that they must reject science to follow Christ. On the other hand, studying evolution as a God-ordained process helps Christians refute arguments that science encourages an atheistic worldview. Furthermore, as the church engages front-page issues raised by the rapid growth in science, medicine, and technology, a Christ-centered voice in such areas as bioethics will be stronger if based on a thorough understanding of the natural sciences, including evolution.

(Updated on September 9, 2012)

 

Origins

Clearly explaining the science, the authors focus on areas where Christians agree. They also present the strengths and weaknesses of areas where Christians differ. -Amazon

 

Surprised by Meaning

McGrath's goal is to help readers see that science is neither anathema to faith, nor does it supersede faith. Both science and faith help with the overriding human desire to make sense of things. -Amazon

 

Belief

Belief collects the most important writings on faith and belief, from C.S. Lewis to Martin Luther King.

 

Why There Almost Certainly Is a God

In this open-minded and innovative philosophical challenge, theologian David Ward addresses Dawkins’s various ideas with sharp, clear arguments. - Amazon

 

A Fine-Tuned Universe

Alister McGrath examines the significance of current scientific understanding to natural theology.

 

Questions of Truth

John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale respond to key questions about the interaction of science and faith.

 

The Language of God

The Language of God combines Collins's faith and experiences as a genetics researcher with discussions of science and spirituality.

 

Quarks, Chaos and Christianity

Is science fact and religion just opinion? Is there the mind of a Creator behind the universe? Can a scientist pray? This book provides a clear, lively and frank set of answers to these fundamental issues. - Amazon

 

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

Using the insights of modern physics, Barr reveals that modern scientific discoveries and religious faith are deeply consonant.

 

Belief in God in an Age of Science

A series of lectures given by Polkinghorne exploring the compatibility and interaction of faith and science.

 

The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science

Peter Harrison examines the role played by the Bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the Bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. -Amazon

 

The Faith of a Physicist

Polkinghorne examines the Nicene Creed and presents the evidence for why it is true and relevant today.

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