A. Personal Articles and Study Sheets.
Knapp II, John. “Annotated Bibliography of Books on Intelligent Design.” Nov. 2005.
This identifies 8 key books that have been written by key scientists and philosophers in the ID movement, or have written materials that led to the movement. Note: this does not include some recent good books.
Knapp II, John. “CREATION vs. EVOLUTION: 23 Things to Consider if Christians want To Think About and Intelligently Discuss This Issue.” Feb. 2006
This presents information about the complexities of discussing this issue. Common is people lacking basic information, refusing to define terms, and not understanding what the Bible and science does and does not say, and the type of research that some, often unwittingly, have shut themselves off from. Note: This may be a bit dated in the fast-changing area. For a number of relevant websites on several sides of this issue look here.
Knapp II, John. “A 21st Century Prayer.”
Following a pattern keeps our doing and thinking in balance, and helps us avoid focusing on only a few matters at the expense of others. This is a form prayer, only 2 pages (or one page front and back) that helps keep our praying in balance. There are 34 segments for both private and “corporate” praying. May be downloaded and copied for group use. More than 100 supporting Bible references.
B. Books Recently Read (and Useful)
Other Significant Books (from a tiny sample of perhaps a hundred books I’ve encountered, several I’ve read, and sometimes reread, that can help a person understand “both sides” of science and Christianity interactions) . Also see the books listed above in A.
Collins, Francis S. THE LANGUAGE OF GOD. (NY: Free Press, 2006).
The head of the Human Genome Project, and one of the world’s leading scientists, describes his journey from atheism to faith in God. A theistic evolutionist, he argues against young-earth creationism, intelligent design, and the misrepresentations of Richard Dawkins.
Dawkins, Richard. THE GOD DELUSION. (Great Britain: Black Swan, 2006)
Perhaps the scientist most vocal in criticizing anything religious. A tireless builder of straw men, hardly representative of Christian faith, and pulling them apart. A good book to read carefully to identify missteps of Christians, and identify the issues that lead some scientists to go beyond science, ignoring legitimate weak spots in scientific knowledge, to militant atheism.
Flew, Antony. THERE IS A GOD. (Harper, 2007).
The odyssey of an Oxford philosopher who was probably best-known for his advocating and defending atheism for more than 50 years. He has recently converted to “theism,” perhaps farther than that. His reason: “Follow the evidence wherever it leads.” In particular, for him it was new discoveries in science. He was influence by discoveries regarding the Big Bang, and by Stephen Hawking. He is disturbed by Richard Dawkins & friends which he calls “new atheists. [Plan to review this here later.]
Geisler, Norman & Turek, Frank, I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST (Crossway Books, 2004)
The authors lay out point by point that accepting both science and religious (separately) involve exercising “faith” in information that hasn’t been proven or can’t be absolutely proven or demonstrated. Having laid out an philosophic argument for this, they declare that accepting atheism requires exercising more faith (or confidence in things subject to proof) than Christianity. [A+]
Greene, Brian. THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE. (Vintage, 2000).
A good readable source (if anything is) regarding String Theory or The Theory of Everything (T.O.E.) that tries to bring Special Relativity, General Relativity, and Quantum Theory into one package. Einstein couldn’t do it, others are trying, but we’re far from being there if we ever will be.
Hawking, Stephen. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: The Updated and Expanded, Tenth Anniversary Edition. (Bantam, 1998).
A fascinating and readablediscussion of the nature of time, the Big Bang, and the origin and fate of the universe. Humbly, he explains what we know and don’t know about the universe.
Keller, Timothy, THE REASON FOR GOD: BELIEF IN AN AGE OF SKEPTICISM (Penguin Group, 2008)
A readable apologetic for answering, or responding to, modern questions such as How Can There Be Just One True Religion? Why is there suffering and so much injustice? The issue of sin and taking the Bible literally, etc. by a pastor who started a church in New York City. [A+]
Ross, Hugh. BEYOND THE COSMOS. (Navpress, 1999).
Among other things, this is a fascinating discussion of multiple dimensions. [This one of a dozen or so books written by scientists on the staff of Reasons To Believe, www.reasons.org , that relate the findings of science to descriptions of Earth and the universe as found in the Bible.]
Ward, Keith, MORE THAN MATTER: WHAT HUMANS REALLY ARE (LION HUDSON, 2010)
A stiff intro to philosophy, by an Christian Oxford philosopher, pared down to what makes the most sense in light of what we know today, comparing metaphysics and common sense philosophy, making a case for the place of human minds in the cosmos today, and the soul—which struggles for definition.