H2O Kent is starting off this semester with four weeks of dialogue about the “Tough Issues” that get in the way of Kent State students seriously considering Christianity. This week we are focused on addressing the idea that “Science disproves Christianity” (the second-most-cited issue, according to our non-scientific survey on-campus during the first week of classes).
At our worship gathering yesterday, I shared some thoughts (audio of my message should be available in the Resources section of H2O’s website within the next day or two), and I promised to provide some follow-up materials here on-line, throughout the course of the week. To that end, I wanted to start with sharing some of the resources that informed the content that I shared yesterday and that could allow for more in-depth study of the logical and scientific argument in support of Christianity. Be aware that these resources do not all agree with one another, and I do not intend to endorse one viewpoint over another. In any event, I believe these resources provide good food for thought — and I would encourage individual analysis of the materials, for whatever they’re worth. So…
To further examine the philosophical / logical / scientific argument for Christianity, I would recommend starting with Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. Their book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, traces the logic for Christian faith from start to finish, with a deliberate effort to avoid the “Because the Bible says so” appeal. The book is written for the general public, but I’d say its scholarship is fairly robust. If you were to only read one book following up on my message from the H2O worship gathering, this would be the one.
To further explore the hermeneutics behind- and the Hebrew context for- the historical accounts from Genesis, I would recommend the book Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology, by John H. Walton. It was from this author that I picked up my analogy of God building a home versus God building a house. In addition to the book, John H. Walton also has some level of affiliation with an organization called BioLogos, which describes itself as, “A community of evangelical Christians committed to exploring and celebrating the compatibility of evolutionary creation and biblical faith, guided by the truth that ‘all things hold together in Christ’ [Colossians 1:17].”
For a scientific critique of Darwinism, from the field of Molecular Biology, I recommend the book Darwin’s Black Box, by Michael J. Behe. Neither Christianity nor faith of any kind are discussed (nor maybe even mentioned) in this book, but the author provides some interesting questions regarding long-held assumptions towards Evolutionary Science.
And for those seeking a more comprehensive (though perhaps more superficial) primer on the historical case for Christianity, Lee Strobel has written a couple of books worth consideration. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus provides a look into questions specifically regarding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In addition, The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, explores a number “Tough Issues” (not unlike what H2O is doing at the beginning of this semester), and his chapters on miracles and the origin of life are particularly relevant to the material that I covered yesterday.
If you’re aware of any other resources you believe should be included in a listing such as this, please feel free to share in the Comments. In any event, I will be following up with further thoughts about Science and Christianity in the days to come…