Here is my bibliography on the science and religion debate, in general, and the question on the origins of life, in particular. An asterisk (*) marks essential reading.
THE BIG PICTURE ON SCIENCE AND RELIGION
- Peter Harrison (editor), The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010)*
- Harold Attridge (editor), The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? (Yale, 2009).* Terry Lectures
- Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism (Oxford, 2011)
- Alvin Plantinga & Daniel C. Dennett, Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? (Oxford, 2010)
John Polkinghorne, Belief in God in an Age of Science (Yale, 2003)
- Michael Ruse, Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science (Cambridge, 2010)
- Alister McGrath, Science and Religion: A New Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). The best textbook introduction.
- Mary Midgley, Evolution as a Religion (Routledge, 2002). See my Books & Culture review.
- Mary Midgley, Science and Poetry (Routledge, 2006)*
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
- Ronald Numbers (editor), Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion (Harvard, 2009)*
- Gary Ferngren (editor), Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction (Johns Hopkins, 2002)*
- Owen Gingerich, God’s Universe (Harvard University Press, 2006) and God’s Planet (Harvard University Press, 2014)
- Ian Barbour, Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues (HarperOne, 1997). Gifford Lectures
- Herbert Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science (Free Press, 1997)
BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS ON CREATION
- Richard Carlson & Tremper Longman, Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins (IVP, 2010)*
- Ronald E. Osborn, Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (IVP, 2014)
- John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (IVP, 2009) and The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate (IVP, 2015)
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
- Del Ratzsch, Science and Its Limits: The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective (IVP, 2000)
- Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago, 1996)
- Alister McGrath, The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (Eerdmans, 2004)
- Alister McGrath, The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)
- Charles Darwin, The Annotated Origin (Harvard, 2009)
- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man: The Concise Edition (Plume, 2007)
- Conor Cunningham, Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong (Eerdmans, 2010)*
- Nick Spencer, Darwin and God (SPCK, 2009).* The first full-length account of Darwin’s religious beliefs.
- Alister McGrath, Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
- Mark Ridley, How to Read Darwin (Norton, 2006)
- Adrian Desmond & James Moore, Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist (Norton, 1994). The definitive biography on Darwin.
- Tim Berra, Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man (Johns Hopkins, 2008). The best concise biography on Darwin.
- Robert Faggen, Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin (University of Michigan, 1997).
- Stewart Goetz & Charles Taliaferro, Naturalism (Eerdmans, 2008).* “The clearest and most penetrating exposition and critique of naturalism anywhere” – J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
BIOLOGOS (Theistic Evolution)
- Timothy Keller, “Creation, Evolution and Christian Laypeople” (BioLogos Paper)*
- Denis Alexander, Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? (Monarch, 2008).* “Surely the best informed, clearest, and most judicious treatment of the question in its title that you can find anywhere today” – J. I. Packer, Regent College
- Karl Giberson, Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution (HarperOne, 2008)
- Karl Giberson & Francis Collins, The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions (IVP, 2011)*
- John Polkinghorne, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion (Yale, 2007)
- Alister McGrath, A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2009). Gifford Lectures
- Kenneth Miller, Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evil (Harper Perennial, 2007)
- Francis Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (Free Press, 2007)
- Robert Stewart (editor), Intelligent Design: William Dembski & Michael Ruse in Dialogue (Fortress, 2007)*
- William Dembski & Michael Ruse, Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (Cambridge, 2007)
- William Dembski & Jonathan Witt, Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy to Understand Guide to the Controversy (IVP, 2010)