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Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

by Denis Alexander
Oxford: Monarch Books, 2008. 382 pages.

Reviewer David R. Vinson writes, “The title encapsulates succinctly what this substantive book is all about: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? The answer that is palpable in every chapter is ‘No—that choice is unnecessary and runs counter to the evidence.’ Alexander’s tour de force of scientific, biblical, and theological argument provides a better way, one that is sure to be of great value to open-minded Christians who are puzzled by the frenzied debate and eager to find some well-informed, biblically-sensitive guidance out of the dichotomous snares and into a constructive reconciliation between faith and science.”

I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution

by Denis O. Lamoureux
Eugenie (OR): Wipf and Stock, 2009. 184 pages.

A condensed version of Lamoureux’s Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution, I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution is “a book that calls for evangelicals who view their theology as robust to accept no less in their science, and to recognize the theological resources within their own tradition that allow them to do so,” writes reviewer Dennis R. Venema. Theologically, “Lamoureux certainly knows the territory, and he goes chapter-and-verse with all comers”; his discussion of Paul is particularly noteworthy. Scientifically, the material is adequate, although “a stronger treatment of evolutionary genomics would have been a benefit.”

Intelligent Faith: A Celebration of 150 Years of Darwinian Evolution

by John Quenby and John MacDonald Smith
Ropley (UK): O Books, 2009. 330 pages.

Containing “lectures and essays by eighteen British scholars working in various areas of religion and science,” and motivated in part by recent creationist inroads in British education, Intelligent Faith seeks to “offer an ‘intelligent faith’ from a Christian perspective that is built upon a sound, contemporary theology in dialogue with the modern scientific paradigm of cosmic and biotic evolution,” according to reviewer Robert J. Schneider. In “offering in toto a model of an intelligent faith while honoring Darwin’s revolutionary work,” he concludes, “I think they have largely succeeded.”

Living Large in Nature: A Writer’s Idea of Creationism

by Reg Saner
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 136 pages.

Reviewer Lisa H. Sideris explains, “Reg Saner’s book Living Large in Nature ... explores the concept of creation from a writer and nature lover’s perspective. The book is part memoir, part argument for the superior charms of a Darwinian view of life—not to mention the charms of the American West.” While praising the book as well-written and for its intriguing discussion of the atomic bomb, Sideris also faulted it as self-absorbed and self-congratulatory as well as adopting a simplistic view of both religion and science: “In the end, Saner’s book is a sermon to the converted.”

Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life

by John F. Haught
Louisville (KY): Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. 163 pages.

“Plenty of books claim to make sense of evolution,” writes reviewer George L. Murphy. “Haught’s wants to make sense of Darwinian evolution and belief in God together and to show that only in that way can the drama of life be fully appreciated.” While the book is unlikely to sway conservative Christians who will regard it as abandoning religious fundamentals, “it can be hoped that open-minded scientific naturalists, while perhaps not convinced of the truth of Haught’s construction, will recognize that there are coherent ways to understand Darwin and deity together.”

Theology after Darwin

edited by Michael S. Northcott and R. J. Berry
Milton Keynes (UK): Paternoster, 2009. 222 pages.

“This collection of essays by eleven authors, mostly representing the humanities, is a mainly British production embracing both Protestant and Catholic perspectives,” explains reviewer Daryl P. Domning. Among the authors are Denis Alexander, Francisco Ayala, Ellen Davis, Denis Edwards, David Fergusson, David Grumett, Amy Laura Hall, Neil Messer, and the two editors. “This book is a useful resource for anyone interested in its subject; I will probably use it myself as a source of readings in a planned course on evolution and its theological implications,” Domning added, despite expressing dissatisfaction with the inadequacy and inconsistency of its bibliographic material.