להלן רשימה של ספרים מומלצים על ידנו, בנושאיי מדע ואמונה.
“מדע ואמונה – הילכו השנים יחדיו?” (פרופ’ טוני פוטרמן).
האם מדע ואמונה הן שתי השקפות עולם הסותרות זו את זו?
האם ייתכן לאמץ גישה מדעית ובה בעת לדבוק באמונה באלוהים שתכנן את היקום ומקיים אותו, וזאת מבלי לגרוע ממידת הסיפוק האינטלקטואלי?
האם אמונה נוגדת את ההיגיון?
בהסתמך על ניסיונו כמדען וכחוקר פעיל במוסד להשכלה גבוהה בארץ וכחבר בקהילה משיחית, פרופסור פוטרמן דן בשאלות אלה ואחרות, ומראה ששתי הגישות – זו של מדע וזו של אמונה – משלימות להפליא זו את זו.
“Darwin’s Doubt” by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer (PhD, Cambridge University).
The Evidence That Darwin Could Not Explain. Charles Darwin knew there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record 530 million years ago without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life and makes a compelling case for the theory of intelligent design as the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals and the biological information necessary to produce them.With a new epilogue responding to critics.
“Signature in the Cell : DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design” by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer (PhD, Cambridge University).
A Compelling Case for Intelligent Design Based on Revolutionary Discoveries in ScienceIn Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer has written the first comprehensive DNA-based argument for intelligent design. As he tells the story of successive attempts to unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address how did life begin? Meyer develops the case for this often-misunderstood theory using the same scientific method that Darwin himself pioneered. Offering a fresh perspective on one of the enduring mysteries of modern biology, Meyer convincingly reveals that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or “giving up on science,” but instead on compelling, and mounting, scientific evidence.”
“Seven Days That Divide the World : The Beginning According to Genesis and Science” by Dr. John C. Lennox (PhD, Oxford University).
What did the writer of Genesis mean by the first day ? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture? In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God s intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth. With this book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.”
“Reasonable Faith” by Dr. William Lane Craig (PhD, Birmingham University & D.Theol, Munich University).
Perfect as a textbook yet excellent for lay readers, this updated edition builds a positive case for Christianity by applying the latest thought to core theological themes. J. Gresham Machen once said, “False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel”-which makes apologetics that much more important. Wanting to engage not just academics and pastors but Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and updated key sections in this third edition of his classic text to reflect the latest work in astrophysics, philosophy, probability calculus, the arguments for the existence of God, and Reformed epistemology. His approach-that of positive apologetics-gives careful attention to crucial questions and concerns, including: the relationship of faith and reason, the existence of God, the problems of historical knowledge and miracles, the personal claims of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He shows that there is good reason to think Christianity is true. As Craig says, “If you have a sound and persuasive case for Christianity, you don’t have to become an expert in comparative religions and Christian cults. A positive justification of the Christian faith automatically overwhelms all competing world views lacking an equally strong case.”
“Stealing from God : Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case” by Dr. Frank Turek (D.Min, SES).
If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way, “Stealing from God” exposes these intellectual crimes atheists are committing and then provides four powerful reasons for why Christianity is true.
“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Dr. Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University).
To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.
“The Reason for God : Belief in an Age of Scepticism” by Dr. Timothy Keller (D.Min, Westminster Theological Seminary).
Why does God allow suffering in the world? How could a loving God send people to Hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? How can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?
These are just a few of the questions and doubts even ardent believers wrestle with today. As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his church as well as the most important reasons for faith. And in the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason.
Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
“Is God a Moral Monster? : Making Sense of the Old Testament God” by Dr. Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University).
A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments? In this timely and readable book, apologist Paul Copan takes on some of the most vexing accusations of our time, including: God is arrogant and jealous God punishes people too harshly God is guilty of ethnic cleansing God oppresses women God endorses slavery Christianity causes violence and more Copan not only answers God’s critics, he also shows how to read both the Old and New Testaments faithfully, seeing an unchanging, righteous, and loving God in both.
“Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus” by Dr. Michael L. Brown (PhD, New York University).
Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is a Jewish believer in Jesus who has done both believers in Jesus and skeptics a service by producing three erudite, yet accessible books that more than adequately address common and not-so-common Jewish objections to Jesus’ messiahship. Volume one focuses on general and historical objections, such as, If Jesus is the Messiah, why isn’t there peace on earth?” The second volume is geared towards answering theological objections like, “Jews believe in one God, not three” and “God doesn’t have a son.” The third volume looks at Messianic prophecies, such as Isaiah 53 and Zechariah 12:10 and how they point to Jesus.
Dr. Brown draws on linguistic, historic and Talmudic sources such as Rashi and Maimonides in order to seriously and thoroughly explore various approaches to a wide array of questions. He shows a keen understanding of how these questions interrelate, so the reader gets a holistic view of the issues, even though the books are broken up into several individual questions. The material is arranged in a question-and-answer form that presumes a Jewish readership, though many non-Jews have found these books helpful. Any honest seeker will find the claims in these three books challenging and hearty food for thought. A fourth volume is in the works.
“Apologetics : A Justification of Christian Belief” by John M Frame (PhD, Cambridge University).
Renowned theologian John Frame sheds much-needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics in this landmark title. He insightfully examines apologetics in terms of proof, defense, and offense and clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences to faith, biblical authority, and the lordship of Christ.
Two subjects of particular note are Frame’s fresh look at probability arguments and a stimulating investigation into the problem of evil.
Some of the most valuable elements of this book are Frame’s extensive use of Scripture and his presentation of specific lines of argument. There is also a model dialogue in the concluding chapter that shows how these lines of argument work in conversation.
This is an extensively redeveloped and expanded version of Frame’s previous work, Apologetics to the Glory of God.
“A Matter of Days : Resolving a Creation Controversy” by Dr. Hugh Ross (PhD, Toronto University).
How long were the creation days of Genesis—hours or epochs?
Does belief in an old earth equate to belief in evolution?
Was there any kind of death before the Fall?
The length of the creation days in Genesis sparks a storm of controversy. At the core of the debate, where lighting strikes and thunder roars, lie key questions whose answers promise hope for resolution.
In A Matter of Days, author and astronomer Hugh Ross addresses these questions and explores how the creation-day controversy developed. History, theology, science, and Scripture reveal creation’s big picture.
“The Edge of Evolution : The Search for the Limits of Darwinism” by Dr. Michael J. Behe (PhD, University of Pennsylvania).
Michael Behe serves as professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. In his long-awaited follow-up, Behe presents far more than a challenge to Darwinism: He presents the evidence of the genetics revolution — the first direct evidence of nature’s mutational pathways – to radically redefine the debate about Darwinism. How much of life does Darwin’s theory explain? Most scientists believe it accounts for everything from the machinery of the cell to the history of life on earth. Darwin’s ideas have been applied to law, culture, and politics. But Darwin’s theory has been proven only in one sense: There is little question that all species on earth descended from a common ancestor. Overwhelming anatomical, genetic, and fossil evidence exists for that claim. But the crucial question remains: “How” did it happen? Darwin’s proposed mechanism – random mutation and natural selection — has been accepted largely as a matter of faith and deduction or, at best, circumstantial evidence. Only now, thanks to genetics, does science allow us to seek direct evidence. The genomes of many organisms have been sequenced, and the machinery of the cell has been analyzed in great detail. The evolutionary responses of microorganisms to antibiotics and humans to parasitic infections have been traced over tens of thousands of generations. As a result, for the first time in history Darwin’s theory can be rigorously evaluated. The results are shocking. Although it can explain marginal changes in evolutionary history, random mutation and natural selection explain very little of the basic machinery of life. The “edge” of evolution, a line that defines the border between random and nonrandom mutation, lies very far from where Darwin pointed. Behe argues convincingly that most of the mutations that have defined the history of life on earth have been nonrandom. Although it will be controversial and stunning, this finding actually fits a general pattern discovered by other branches of science in recent decades: The universe as a whole was fine-tuned for life. From physics to cosmology to chemistry to biology, life on earth stands revealed as depending upon an endless series of unlikely events. The clear conclusion: The universe was designed for life.
“Creating Life in the Lab : How New Discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make a Case for the Creator” by Dr. Fazale Rana (PhD, Ohio University).
PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry, Dr. Rana writes about how each year brings to light new scientific discoveries that have the power to either test our faith or strengthen it–most recently the news that scientists have created artificial life forms in the laboratory. If humans can create life, what does that mean for the creation story found in Scripture? Biochemist and Christian apologist Fazale Rana, for one, isn’t worried. In “Creating Life in the Lab,” he details the fascinating quest for synthetic life and argues convincingly that when scientists succeed in creating life in the lab, they will unwittingly undermine the evolutionary explanation for the origin of life, demonstrating instead that undirected chemical processes cannot produce a living entity.