Sunday, July 12, 2009

Recommended books on science and theology

In a comment on a previous post Barry Wallace asked about books I would recommend on science and theology.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of books of debatable quality... I find that many treat either science or theology (or both) in a simplistic manner.

I list here below some books I am quite familiar with and would recommend.
I know of others which are probably very good (or perhaps better) but since I have not read them I should not recommend them.

I list the books in order of roughly increasing sophistication (and difficulty of reading):
  • Mike Poole, A Guide to Science and Belief (Lion, 1990)
  • Kirsten Birkett, Unnatural enemies: an introduction to science and Christianity (Matthias Media, 1997)
  • Malcolm Jeeves and R.J. Berry, Science, Life, and Christian Belief (Apollos, 1998)
  • Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: an introduction (Eerdmans, 1963) [Although this is strictly only about theology it does talk about theology as a "science" and provides a good framework to relate science and theology]
  • Alister McGrath, The Science of God (T&T Clark, 2004)


  1. Thanks, Ross. I'm looking into them right now. I've also added your blog to my reader so I can continue to read your musings.

  2. By the way, have you read Poythress' book, which you mentioned a couple of months ago in a post? If so, how would you rate it? Thanks again.