Theological alternatives & religion vs. evolution

Here are some titles that were suggested earlier by Bob.  The book descriptions are from the Amazon website.

Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert A. Peterson, Michael D. Paperback

What’s wrong with Arminianism?Arminian theology is sweeping through the evangelical churches of North America. While most Arminians are good, sincere, orthodox Christians, authors Robert A. Peterson and Michael D. Williams contend that aspects of Arminian thought are troubling both biblically and theologically. In particular, they argue, Arminians have too lofty a view of human nature and an inadequate understanding of God’s sovereign love in Christ.Why I Am Not an Arminian explores the biblical, theological and historical background to the Calvinist-Arminian debate. The irenic nature and keen insight of this book will be appreciated by laypeople, pastors and scholars alike.

Why I Am Not a Calvinist by Jerry L. Walls & Joseph R. Dongell.

Two on Calvinism & Arminianism, both published by Intervaristy Press.

What’s wrong with Calvinism?Since the Reformation, Calvinism has dominated much of evangelical thought. It has been so well established that many Christians simply assume it to be the truest expression of Christian doctrine. But Calvinism has some serious biblical and theological weaknesses that unsettle laypeople, pastors and scholars alike.God is sovereign. All evangelical Christians–whether Arminians or Calvinists–have no doubt about this fundamental truth. But how does God express his sovereignty? Is God a master puppeteer, pulling our strings? Or has he graciously given his children freedom to respond to his love?In this eminently readable book, Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell explore the flaws of Calvinist theology. Why I Am Not a Calvinist is a must-read for all who struggle with the limitations of this dominant perspective within evangelical theology

Living with Darwin : Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith by Philip Kitcher

Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin’s theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing why evolution has been the object of such vehement attack. Kitcher first provides valuable perspective on the present controversy, describing the many puzzles that blocked evolution’s acceptance in the early years, and explaining how scientific research eventually found the answers to these conundrums. Interestingly, Kitcher shows that many of these early questions have been resurrected in recent years by proponents of Intelligent Design. In fact, Darwin himself considered the issue of intelligent design, and amassed a mountain of evidence that effectively refuted the idea. Kitcher argues that the problem with Intelligent Design isn’t that it’s “not science,” as many critics say, but that it’s “dead science,” raising questions long resolved by scientists. But Kitcher points out that it is also important to recognize the cost of Darwin’s success–the price of “life with Darwin.” Darwinism has a profound effect on our understanding of our place in the universe, on our religious beliefs and aspirations. It is in truth the focal point of a larger clash between religious faith and modern science. Unless we can resolve this larger issue, the war over evolution will go on.

Can You Believe in God and Evolution? : A Guide for the Perplexed by Ted Peters, Martinez Hewlett Paperback

The best science and our best thinking about God belong together.
As Christians, can we be confident in our faith when talking about evolution? Who is Charles Darwin and what did he actually say? Does teaching evolution corrupt our values? Can science be a Christian vocation? So how can we interpret the creation story in the Bible? Can you believe in God and evolution? ” Yes, you can!” say authors Ted Peters, a theologian, and Martinez Hewlett, a scientist, as they lead the reader through an exploration of the issues and facts surrounding evolution and creation.

Ted Peters is Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theology Union in Berkly, California. Martinez Hewlett, Professor Emeritus in the departments of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Univeristy of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

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