Selected Reading List
This is a far from
comprehensive list, but offers some good starting points for further
Michael J. Behe, Darwin's
Black Box, Free Press (March 20, 1998): One of the
founding texts describing Intelligent Design. Behe infers that
complex biochemical systems (i.e., life) are "irreducibly
complex" and therefore were designed by an intelligent agent.
William A. Dembski, Design
Inference, Cambridge University Press (September
13, 1998): Another founding book of Intelligent Design. Dembski, a
mathematian, proposes that design can be inferred from "specified
events of small probability".
Guillermo Gonzalez, Jay Richards, The
Privileged Planet, Regnery Publishing, Inc. (March, 2004): The
authors propose that "Mankind is unusually well-positioned to
decipher the cosmos" and that our "privileged" position
and that by assessing the elements that compose our planet, they argue,
we can tell that it was designed for multicellular organic life.
Charles Darwin, Origin
of Species, Gramercy (May 22, 1995): The theory
that started it all...
Edward J. Larson, Summer
for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate
over Science and Religion, Harvard University Press; Reprint edition
(September, 1998): An interesting cultural history of the famous
"Scopes Monkey Trial" describing not only the trial, but the
events leading up to it.
Forrest, Barbara and Gross, Paul R. Creationism’s
Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. New
York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2004.: Forrest and Gross
examine in full detail the claims and operations of the
"Intelligent Design" movement, the most recent manifestation
of American creationism.
Edward J. Larson, Evolution, Modern
Library (May 4, 2004): Larson, a Pulitzer-winning historian, traces the
history of the contentious concept of evolution from Darwin's
predecessors, like Cuvier and Lyell, to his early advocates, like Asa
Gray (who tried to keep God in the mix) and Thomas Huxley, and
"postmodern" advocates such as Stephen Jay Gould and Richard
Margaret Gray Towne, Honest
to Genesis, PublishAmerica (January, 2004): Gives a
biblical and scientific rebuttal to creationism. The author is both a
theologian and biologist.
J. C. Polkinghorne, Science
& Theology: An Introduction, Augsburg Fortress
Publishers (September, 1998): Eminent scientist and theologian John
Polkinghorne offers an accessible, yet authoritative, introduction to
the stimulating field of science and theology.
Walter R. Hearn, Being
a Christian in Science, InterVarsity Press (July, 1997): The author
encourages Christians to consider that a life in science might be their
"call" to ministry. Hearn points out that relatively few
evangelicals seem to view science as a legitimate calling.