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Selected Reading List
This is a far from comprehensive list, but offers some good starting points for further investigation.

Intelligent Design:
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 Dawkins

Science and Theology:
Margaret Gray Towne, Honest to GenesisPublishAmerica (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.



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