In the Lutheran tradition of engaging with the printed word, I suggest three excellent sources for personal or congregational study. These books deepen understanding of creation without shunning the explanatory power of evolutionary theory.
• Evolution from Creation to New Creation (Abingdon Press, 2003). Lutheran theologian Ted Peters and biologist Martinez Hewlett present the different viewpoints of the Darwinist, creationist and intelligent design proponents, putting forward a “theistic evolution” proposal for our consideration.
• The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth (InterVarsity Press, 2008). Christian geology professors Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley present a solid case for an old earth from a historical, geological and biblical perspective.
• God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (Lion Hudson, 2007). John C. Lennox responds to zoologist Richard Dawkin’s best-seller, The God Delusion. Lennox is Dawkins’ colleague at Oxford [England] University and a Christian, mathematician and philosopher of science.
In 1543, just three years prior to Martin Luther’s death, the father of modern astronomy, Nicholas Copernicus, published his major treatise. “Concerning the Revolutions of the Celestial Orbs” established the sun as the center of the planetary system.
|Zoologist Jan Decher (left) and Ghana Wildlife Division staff James Oppong record small mammal data during an expedition.|
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