There are so many helpful books on science and faith, so here are a few that we think are a good place to start. Many are written by present or past Faraday staff, collaborators or speakers.

You’ll also find here the Church Engagement Director’s personal list of biographies or scientists who are also Christians – do let me know if you know of any more!

Quick reads

David Jeans, How to Talk Science and God: Biblical Perspectives on the Big Questions of Life and the Universe (Grove Books, 2019, £3.95, 28 pages). A nice summary of some of the main points on how to relate to science from a Christian perspective.

 

Hilary Marlow, The Earth Is the Lord’s: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (Grove Books, 2008, £3.95, 28 pages). A great first read on a Christian approach to the environment. Provides some pointers for practical responses as well as well as a firm Biblical grounding in why Christian should care for creation.

 

Getting Started

General Introductions

Ruth Bancewicz, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith (Monarch, 2015, £6, 256 pages). Building bridges between science and Christain faith by looking at the topics of creativity, imagination, beauty, wonder and awe through the eyes of six working scientists.

 

David Hutchings and Tom McLeish, Let There Be Science: Why God Loves Science, and Science Needs God (Oxford: Lion, 2017, £10.00, 208 pages). Using stories about science and the biblical story of Job, this book shows how science flourishes in a Christian setting.

 

Alister E. McGrath, Inventing the Universe: Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Science, Faith and God (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015, £9.99, 256 pages). A popular-level introduction to the relationship between science and faith by one of the country’s most prolific theologians.

 

John Lennox, Can Science Explain Everything? (The Good Book Company, 2019, £7.99, 129 pages). A very helpful argument for the compatibility of Christianity and science.

 

Specific topics

Ernest Lucas, Can We Believe Genesis Today? The Bible and the Questions of Science (London: IVP, 2005, £9.99, 192 pages). An introduction to the main issues in interpreting Genesis, written by a Biblical scholar who was formerly a biochemist.

 

John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (IVP USA, 2009, 176 pages, £11.99). A fascinating insight into the Genesis creation narratives, from an Old Testament scholar and Professor at Wheaton College who is a regular speaker at Faraday Summer courses.

 

Rodney Holder, Big Bang, Big God : A Universe Designed for Life? (Monarch, 2013, £6, 208 pages). An introduction to the science behind the origin of the universe, fine-tuning arguments, and the disputed concept of a multiverse.

 

Jonathan Moo & Robert White, Hope in an Age of Despair: The gospel and the future of life on earth (IVP, 2013, £8, 224 pages)

 

Dave Bookless, Planetwise: Dare to Care for God’s World (IVP, 2008, £8.99, 160 pages); God Doesn’t Do Waste: Redeeming the whole of life (IVP, 2010, £8.99, 160 pages). The story of how a pastor and his family learned why we should care for creation, and how it can be done.

 

John Bryant, Beyond Human? Science and the changing face of humanity (Lion, 2013, £9.99, 256 pages).

 

 

Sharon Dirckx, Am I Just My Brain? (Good Book Company, 2019, £7.99, 160 pages).

 

 

Robert White, Who is to Blame? Disasters, Nature and Acts of God (Lion, 2014, £6, 208 pages).

 

 

Going Deeper

John Polkinghorne, Quarks, Chaos and Christianity: Questions to Science and Religion (New York: Crossroad, 2005, £8.99, 128 pages). One of the leading lights in the science and religion dialogue explains how both science and faith point to something greater than ourselves.

 

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us Beyond Fear (Baker, 2020, about £25-30 in the UK, 176 pages). Sharing the results of her research among scientists and people of faith, this very personal perspective from a sociologist who is also a Christian is a wonderful affirmation of the ways in which science and faith can fit together.

 

Alan Chapman, Slaying the Dragons: Destroying Myths in the History of Science and Faith (Oxford: Lion, 2013, £9.99, 256 pages). Drawing on contemporary sources, this approachable book shows that the history of science and of faith always have been closely intertwined.

 

Ronald Numbers, Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion (Harvard University Press, 2010, £18.95, 320 pages).

 

 

Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, £8.99, 160 pages). Essential reading for science students, as well as those getting involved in the science and religion dialogue.

 

David Wilkinson, The Message of Creation (IVP, 2002, £12.99, 256 pages). The themes of creation throughout the Bible: Genesis 1–3, the songs of creation that praise our Creator God; Jesus’ relationship to creation; the lessons the writers of the Bible teach using creation; and the new creation.

 

Denis Alexander, Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? 2nd Edition (Oxford: Monarch, 2014, £9, 512 pages). An in-depth look at the issue of whether a faithful reading of biblical teaching on creation is compatible with current evolutionary biology.

 

Denis Alexander, Is There Purpose in Biology?: The Cost of Existence and the God of Love (Oxford: Monarch, 2018, £6, 288 pages). Addresses the claim that evolution is random and obviously without purpose, suggesting that the biological evidence itself does not support such a claim.

 

David Hutchings and David Wilkinson, God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking said, and why it matters (SPCK, 2020, £9.99, 192 pages).

 

 

Ruth Valerio, Saying Yes to Life (SPCK, 2019, £9.99, 224 pages).

 

 

Colin Bell & Robert White (Eds), Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church (Hendrickson, 2016, £10, 350 pages).

 

 

John Wyatt, Matters of Life and Death, 2nd Ed. (IVP, 2009, £17.99, 304 pages).

 

 

Peter Clarke, All in the Mind? Does neuroscience challenge faith? (Lion, 2015, £10.99, 256 pages).

 

 

 

Scientist’s stories

Ruth M. Bancewicz, Test of FAITH: Spiritual Journeys with Scientists (Authentic, 2009).

 

 

Eric Barrett & David Fisher, Scientists Who Believe: 21 tell their own stories (Moody Press, 1984, 208 pages)

 

 

RJ Berry, God and the Biologist: Faith at the frontiers of science (Apollos, 1996, 143 pages)

 

 

RJ Berry (Ed), True Scientists, True Faith (Lion, 2014, £9.99, 352 pages).

 

 

RJ Berry (Ed), Real Science Real Faith (Monarch, 1991, free online, 100 pages)

 

 

Nigel Bovey, God, the Big Bang & Bunsen-Burning Issues (Authentic, 2008, £10.99, 204 pages)

 

 

Francis Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (Simon & Schuster, 2006, £5.99, 304 pages).

 

 

Nancy Frankenberry, The Faith of Scientists in Their Own Words (Princeton University Press, 2008, £34, 523 pages)

 

 

Sy Garte, The Work of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith (Kregel, 2019, $16.99, 256 pages).

 

 

Dan Graves, Scientists of Faith: 48 biographies of historic scientists and their Christian faith (Kregel Press, 1996, 192 pages)

 

 

John Houghton with Gill Tavner, In the Eye of the Storm: The Autobiography of Sir John Houghton (Lion, 2013, £9.99, 303 pages)

 

 

Clive Langmead, A Passion for Plants: The Life and Vision of Ghillean Prance (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2001, £19.99, 219 pages)

 

 

John Polkinghorne, From Physicist to Priest, an Autobiography (SPCK, 2007, 182 pages)

 

 

Eric Priest (Ed), Reason and Wonder: Why science and faith need each other (Templeton Press, 2016, £12.99, 211 pages)