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Can you be both a Christian and a scientist? Does the Bible make sense when compared with what we now know scientifically about the universe? What about evolution? Is religion responsible for all evil, or does Jesus really offer answers to life's big questions?

At St. Andrew's, Alwalton, as part of our celebration of the Diocese of Ely's 900th anniversary and to mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth as well as the 150th anniversary of the publishing of his book "The Origin of the Species", we asked just those sorts of questions. Back at the beginning of 2009 we looked at Genesis and considered what it has to tell us in the 21st century and if you would like to listen to those talks you can request them on a free MP3 CD by contacting us.      

There is also a wide range of books which you might find interesting and helpful. You can buy them by visiting the website for Peterborough Christian Bookshop and entering the title into the "Search" box.

The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism And The Denial Of The Divine Alister McGrath £6.50

Dawkins DelusionWorld-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: 'If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.'

The volume has received wide coverage, fuelled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion.

Alister McGrath is ideally placed to evaluate Dawkins' ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian.

He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God.

McGrath subjects Dawkins' critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as: Is faith intellectual nonsense? Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death? Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically? Is Christianity simply a force for evil? This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises - including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.

God the Big Bang & Bunsen Burning Issues Nigel Bovey £8.99

Bunsen burning issuesA collection of exclusive interviews in which 15 eminent scientists talk about their science and their Christian faith.
In this collection of interviews, scientists show how
Bible-believing Christianity is compatible with
contemporary scientific thinking.

Christians do not have to choose, they say, between big bang and the Bible. Genesis and genetics can go together.

In this book, big questions of the past, the present
and the future are asked and answered; the physical
impacts and moral implications of climate change are
investigated and the intricacies of human DNA and
the morality of genetic engineering are unravelled.

 

Physicists, immunologists, astrophysicists, biochemists and mathematicians discuss what it means for humankind to be made in the image of God and how Christians can translate the gospel for our science-savvy society.

God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? John Lennox £8.99

Gods UndertakerThis book gets right to the heart of the current debate on science and religion.
It evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic interpretations of the universe, and provides a fresh basis for discussion.

The book has grown out of the author's lengthy experience of lecturing and debating on science and religion in the UK, USA, Germany and Russia, and has been written in response to endless requests for the argumentation in written form. Chapters:

* War of the worldviews
* The scope and limits of science
* Gods, gaps and goblins
* Designer universe
* Designer biosphere
* The nature and scope of evolution
* The origin of life
* The genetic code and its origin
* Matters of information
* Taming chance without intelligence
* The origin of information.

 

Creation Or Evolution Dr. Denis Alexander £10.99

Creation or EvolutionDr Denis Alexander is a neuroscientist who believes passionately in both the biblical doctrine of creation and the coherence of evolutionary theory. His book draws on the latest genetic research.
What do we mean by creation and evolution? What are the common scientific objections to evolution? Is evolution atheistic? Who were Adam and Eve? Can the concept of the Fall be reconciled with evolutionary theory? How could a God of love create a world where animals kill each other? What about intelligent design?

The author concludes that the question in the title is a false dichotomy: we do not need to choose, since both are true. 'Nature is what God does' - Augustine