As a follow-up to my recent series of posts on creation and evolution, here are links to some of the other posts I’ve done on this topic over the past few years.
There are three main elements to the creation/evolution issue. First, what the Bible says about creation; second, posts looking at the science of evolution; third, posts looking more generally at the philosophy/theology of science. In terms of the “discrete narratives” concept discussed in my recent posts, this equates to looking at “theological narratives”, “scientific narratives” and the relationship between the two. I’ve also included details of some other suggested reading on this issue.
In each of the lists of links, I’ve put one link in bold as the “must-read” item in that category.
What the Bible says
Psalm 104 and evolution: the viewpoint expressed in this post is fundamental to my understanding of how science (and in particular evolution) relates to our faith in how God works in and through creation.
See also the last couple of items in the “random and undirected” post listed below, which look at the “literary” approach to the early chapters of Genesis.
Posts about science
Philosophy/theology of science
A key post: Creation is complete, but not closed. Based on Ken Miller’s distinction between the universe being complete (so that “methodological naturalism” is a valid assumption for science to work from) but not closed (as asserted by philosophical naturalism). We should not let Richard Dawkins et al get away with claiming that methodological naturalism and philosophical naturalism are the same thing, or that the former requires or implies the latter.
Evolution and the weather: if God can work through “random and undirected” weather processes, why can’t he work through “random and undirected” processes of evolution? (See also: my post on Psalm 104, listed above.)
Coherent patterns of explanation: Owen Gingerich argues that science is not concerned with “proof” so much as providing “coherent patterns of explanation” – and that evolution performs this task very well. (I think he is spot-on in his comment about Philip E. Johnson approaching science like a lawyer.)
Random and undirected: a post from when I was moving rapidly back to a pro-evolution position, summarising some of the things I was reading that were sending me in that direction. (Posted only a couple of weeks after this post in which I was still taking a relatively “pro-ID” view.)
Then there’s the latest series:
- A plea to pastors: teach creation, not creationism.
- Why I am not a “theistic evolutionist”.
- Creation and the hiddenness of God: some Lutheran perspectives.
Update: See also my subsequent post from March 2010, Evolution and other stories.
These are some of the books that played a significant role in shaping my views on evolution, creation and the relationship between the two:
- Henri Blocher, In the Beginning. Blocher’s classic analysis of the opening chapters of Genesis from a literary standpoint. In my experience this has been very influential on many evangelicals, at least in the UK. Reading again at the moment.
- David G. Hagopian (ed.), The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation. Lee Irons and Meredith Kline present the “framework” view (against J. Ligon Duncan III and David Hall on the “24-hour” view, and Hugh Ross and Gleason L. Archer on the “day-age” view), and in my view make the strongest case of the three. See also the Meredith Kline links in my “random and undirected” post.
- Sean Carroll, The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution. A brilliant and persuasive account of how DNA analysis has provided an almost unassailable body of evidence in support of evolution.
- Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale. If only Prof Dawkins would stick to writing popular science books rather than dross like The God Delusion. The Ancestor’s Tale is a superb retelling of evolution in reverse, taking the reader back through 3+ billion years of evolution in search of LUCA, the “last universal common ancestor”.