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5 Books That Bring Science and Christianity Together

Responding to atheism, understanding genetics, and considering what evolution means for biblical interpretation.
5 Books That Bring Science and Christianity Together

Selected by Greg Cootsona, director of Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (STEAM) at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Mere Science and Christian Faith: Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults.

The Language of God, by Francis S. Collins

This is one of the finest books from one of the finest minds in science. With excellence and ease, Collins relates scientific discoveries with “mere Christianity.” (Being mutual fans of C. S. Lewis, I once had the serendipity of discussing these themes with him in person.) This book’s strong suit is genetics, one of Collins’s areas of specialization.

Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis

This is not a book about science and faith per se. Yet Lewis took up scientifically informed atheism and responded with a winsome articulation of faith. Many of Lewis’s insights were formed in the famous debates at the Oxford Socratic Club (some collected in God in the Dock). Even decades after its publication, Mere Christianity is still cited by leading voices in discussions about science and faith.

The Faith of a Physicist, by John C. Polkinghorne

It’s hard to decide between the many contributions of this particle physicist turned Anglican priest. But I’ll choose this volume, based on Polkinghorne’s 1993–94 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. Structured around the Nicene Creed, the book confesses what “we believe” in light of contemporary science. The result is wonderfully and essentially orthodox, while leaving room for science to speak.

In the Beauty of the Lilies, by John Updike

Updike’s novel explores how certain technologies—particularly films—have affected American perceptions of reality. ...

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