When I started this blog, I decided not to spend much time on Christian evidences. I’ve studied the topic more than most Christians, have a huge library of materials on both sides, but I really don’t have a lot to say that hasn’t already been said better than I can say it. And I really don’t want this to become a source of division.
It’s part of the perversity of Christians that we’ll divide and feud over about anything, including which evidence of God we find persuasive!
So let me be clear: if you disagree with me, you are not going to go to hell for that reason. God will gladly save young-earth creationists, old-earth creationists, Scientific Creationists, and Intelligent Design theorists. Some of us will learn that we were wrong, and we’ll have an eternity together to laugh about it.
I find myself in the old earth/Intelligent Design camp, not the young earth/Scientific Creationism camp. I think it’s the right place to be, and I think it’s the place that best helps us evangelize those with a scientific mindset.
Here are some books that anyone who wants to be knowledgeable in this area should read —
Hugh Ross. Ross is a Christian astronomer who writes largely on modern cosmology. He writes at a popular level but with a genuine expertise.
The Creator and the Cosmos
Creation and Time
The Genesis Question
If you buy only one, buy his first one, The Creator and the Cosmos.
John Clayton. Clayton, a member of the Churches of Christ, is a geologist.
Does God Exist? newsletter
Evidences of God This is a collection of essays which I have found very helpful. It predates and anticipates much of Intelligent Design theory. It answers a lot of questions.
Disproving Scientific Creationism
Abusing Science, by Phillip Kitcher. Kitcher is an atheist, and his arguments on theology are just awful, as you might expect. But he tears the major works in support of young-earth Scientific Creationism by Henry Morris and his circle to shreds.
Gerald Schroeder Schroeder is a Jew with a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.
The Science of God. Chapter 3 will blow you away!
Francis S. Collins. Collins is the biologist who headed the human genome project. He is an ardent evolutionist and Christian.
The Language of God. This is an important book, although it doesn’t break a lot of new ground, because it demonstrates how a world-class biologist can find evidence of God in science.
Paul Davies. Davies, once an atheist, has come to accept Theism (not Christianity) because of what he knows about science and mathematics. Not an easy read but deep stuff for the mathematically or philosophically minded. Davies is a professor of mathematical physics.
The Mind of God.
Thaxton, Bradley, and Olsen. These men hold Ph.D’s in chemistry, materials science, and geochemistry. This book was written for the scientific community.
The Mystery of Life’s Origin: Reassessing Current Theories
They write three great chapters on the Second Law of Thermodynamics that happen to be available in full on the internet —
As you’ll see, entropy is just not a problem for living systems but makes the creation of life without intelligent intervention a virtual impossibility.
Notice that all these books are by scientists with genuine credentials. I don’t buy science books by preachers or theologians. Well, I used to, but I learned better.
Now, this is just a little piece of the much bigger topic of Christian evidences. Christian evidences deals not only with science but also with theology, archaeology, literature, history, language, and a host of other fields.
There are lots of great books on Christian evidences outside the realm of science. It’s just that, for many who don’t yet believe, science is a barrier. It shouldn’t be. Science should be a gateway to God.