As Christ-following outdoorsmen, nature lovers, fathers, mothers, and teachers, we’re subject to supply reasons for what we believe. When it comes to the creation versus evolution debate, I’m not sure most Christians feel equipped to tackle the hard questions or issues. But we should take the time to learn about this debate. Everyday, our kids read textbooks or watch documentaries that don’t tell the whole story about origins. I try to teach my son and daughter to view things objectively and to think for themselves. So far, so good.
Depending on its context, the word “evolution” can leave behind a trail of varying meanings. But how does the scientific community or the creationist camp view it? Hopefully, this reading list will shed some light on the growing differences of opinion on our beginnings. Once you learn that the scientific theories for origins just aren’t that clear-cut—much less, conclusive—your faith can lift its head proudly.
Do we need to prove the existence of God or creationism? In my opinion—no. Reality and truth exist independently of our beliefs. But by examining this debate and reading these books, you will gain a much higher respect and reverence for our wondrous God. You will also come to understand just how much science cannot explain everything about our world and our existence.
I’m listing my favorite books on this topic. They’ve been a tremendous resource over the years. I don’t necessarily agree with all the claims or viewpoints in some of these books, but overall they have been a great learning tool.
Creation: Facts of Life by Gary Parker
Darwin on Trial by Phillip Johnson
The Battle for the Beginning by John MacArthur
What Darwin Didn’t Know by Geoffrey Simmons, M.D.
Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael Behe
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? by Jonathan Wells
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Okay, you may wonder why I listed that last book. And there are other books more recently written that argue the evolutionist’s viewpoint. But we should understand the argument from both sides. How else can we have an intelligent discussion about these things?
Here is the list of books I plan to read in the near future:
Reclaiming Science from Darwinism by Kenneth Poppe
The Evolution Handbook by Vance Ferrell
The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism by Michael Behe
How about you? What books do you recommend for this topic?