Have you heard the joke about the Quaker philosopher, Atheistic biologist, and Theistic scientist who met and all disagreed at the same time;-)?
From a life-time of studying the issues of science and cosmology versus religion and philosophy, here’s my short list of some of the best books to study in our search for what is true:
#1: The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins
is amazing. This is one of the very best 10 books
published in science. It’s sad, however, that such
a brilliant thinker has a limited and skewed
understanding of philosophy, cosmology, and religion.
Most tragic is that Dawkins thinks ethics are
relative and subjective. In an interview,
he even stated that rape is only
a subjective preference!
#2: Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common
Ground Between God and Evolution by Kenneth R. Miller
Miller is an award-winning evolutionary cell biologist
and professor at Brown University who has defended
the science of evolution against creationism in
In this lucidly written book on evolution,
Miller disproves creationism. But then contrary to
the views of Dawkins, Dennett, and other scientists
who are Atheists, Miller goes onto
to argue for Theism!
#3 Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings
of Life by Daniel C. Dennett
titled how Darwinian evolution shows that Life has no
meaning. Don't miss reading this tome.
No matter what your philosophical view, you will never
be the same upon finishing and reflecting on its key
ideas and evidence.
#4: Rock of Ages by Stephen Jay Gould
(Or any of his other many books)
and the history of science. His infamous view of the
relationship of science and religion called NOMA
(Non-overlapping magistereria) emphasizes that there
is no conflict between the two contrary fields.
According to this brilliant evolutionist, this is
because science and religion deal with very different
issues--biology with the natural world,
but religion with the world of values and ethics.
NOMA has led to all sorts of strong reactions by thinkers
on all sides of the whole controversy. Gould's important
thinking is not to be missed even if you disagree. See
especially "Non-Overlapping Magisteria" in
Natural History Magazine, beside his book,
(with its a play on words of religion, science
and history), Rock of Ages.
#5: Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism
by Robert T. Pennock
In this case, we hear from Pennock who is a philosopher
of science at Michigan State University rather than from
Pennock is a Quaker and a theist, but one who
strongly supports evolutionary views against both young
earth creationism and Intelligent Design scientists. A vey
intriguing book, which surely will get your hackles up no
matter what you think:-)
What books, articles, or documentaries do you think ought to be added to the list?
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