Suggestions For Further Reading

Compiled by Johnny Lin

April 1999

Setting the Philosophical Stage

Lewis, C. S., 1955: The Abolition of Man. New York: Collier Books, 121 pp.

In this series of lectures, Lewis highlights some of the limitations of the "scientific" worldview, particularly as it relates to morality.

Lewis, C. S., 1960: The Screwtape Letters. New York: The MacMillan Company, 172 pp.

A brilliant description of the human condition, the nature of sin, and the nature of virtue. Lewis’s conception of humility has been particularly helpful in my life.

Lewis, C. S., 1980: "The Weight of Glory." The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses. Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: Collier Books, 132 pp.

Noll, Mark A., 1994: The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 274 pp.

Noll’s historical analysis provides a valuable context to understanding the cultural dynamics of the "life of the mind" in the American evangelical church. His arguments are penetrating and compelling.

Peterson, Eugene H., 1997: Subversive Spirituality. Eds. Jim Lyster, John Sharon, and Peter Santucci. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Vancouver, B.C.: Regent College Publishing, 263 pp.

Peterson provides me with a role model of someone who integrates a passionate and worshipful spirituality with a keen awareness of the life of the mind. He loves Jesus and he loves novels. The result is a perspective that tries to synthesize love and intellect in an deep and non-superficial way.

Being a Christian and a Scientist

Anderson, Paul M., 1998: Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 238 pp.

Hearn, Walter R., 1997: Being a Christian in Science. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 178 pp.

Sherman, Doug, and William Hendricks, 1990: Your Work Matters to God. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 286 pp.

Marsden, George M., 1994: The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief. New York: Oxford University Press, 462 pp.

This historical analysis of the trends in American universities that led to the marginalization of faith perspectives is fascinating as well as humbling. Well argued, this is an important work for those who wish to engage the academy.

Science and Christianity

Hummel, Charles E., 1986: The Galileo Connection. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 293 pp.

A concise introduction to the issues surrounding the relationship between faith and science, from creation/evolution to miracles/scientific laws. Well-written, balanced, and reasoned.

Ross, Hugh, 1995: The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 185 pp.

Ross presents a modern concordism that, even with my reservations regarding concordism, nonetheless is a fascinating and interesting story.

Some more scholarly works on History of Science and Faith: These books span a reasonably broad range of philosophical, religious, and theological positions. However, for the most part they avoid the extremism that has accompanied some past histories of science and religion.

Brooke, John Hedley, 1991: Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 422 pp.

Lindberg, David C., 1992: The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 455 pp.

Lindberg, David C., and Ronald L. Numbers (Eds.), 1986: God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 516 pp.


An excellent reading list, "A Beginner's Christian Bookshelf," compiled by David Lyle Jeffrey (Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Ottawa).

A bibliography on the integration of faith and scholarship, sponsored by IVCF’s Graduate Student Ministries.

Home page of the American Scientific Affiliation, a fellowship of Christians who are scientists and others interested in the relationship between faith and science. Their web site provides articles and other resources on a variety of faith/science topics.

Annotated bibliography given at a talk on "Faith and Science," presented at a meeting of the Asian American Christian Fellowship at USC, April 15, 1999, with minor edits.

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