Christmas season is upon us, and there’s no need to procrastinate on the Christmas lists. Who are you shopping for this year?
For your friends and family interested in the intersection of science and faith, a major new book was released from Crossway that perfectly fits the bill. Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique is a comprehensive and accessible analysis of the problems associated with theistic evolution. Intimidated by the size? Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design offers essays from the best thinkers from the four major takes on the interaction between evolution and faith, with intelligent design represented by CSC Director Stephen C. Meyer. Also be sure to check out the Dictionary of Christianity and Science for a good reference work on the subject.
For the budding young naturalist in your circle who can’t get enough of nature documentaries, Illustra Media’s Design of Life collection, including Flight, Metamorphosis, and Living Waters, would be the perfect gift. These BBC-style nature documentaries are both beautiful and informative. Illustra also offers an Intelligent Design Collection, with The Privileged Planet, Darwin’s Dilemma, and Unlocking the Mystery of Life.
On the same note, Michael Denton released the next installment of the Privileged Species book series this year, The Wonder of Water, after last year’s Fire-Maker. The book series is accompanied by documentaries as well and offers inspiring takes on the detailed ways that nature seems fit for our life on Earth.
For the friend always sniffing around the pop-science section of Barnes & Noble but maybe needing a new, more in-depth perspective on the wonder of life, Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism has Failed to Explain It offers a unique take from respected scientist J. Scott Turner on what mainstream biology is missing. Namely: life itself.
Have a cousin who is totally sold on Darwin? Jonathan Wells’s Zombie Science, which updates his classic Icons of Evolution, may just be the perfect antidote. Paired with David Berlinski’s sharp wit in Deniable Darwin, it might just change the tone of your holiday dinner conversations.
Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines is a great option for the die-hard ID junkie in your life who has already read everything and loves Michael Behe. Combining it with Behe’s two books may just earn you a friend for life.
Doug Axe’s book, Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life is Designed, available in paperback or as a beautiful hardcover, is a perfect gift whether your friend is just getting started in ID or has followed along for a while. Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell are two key texts in ID literature and would round out the package nicely.
Veteran journalist Tom Bethell’s Darwin’s House of Cards, released earlier this year, is a witty, exciting history of the debate over Darwin for the general reader interested in the history of cultural conflicts and developments.
While we mostly focus on science around here, the history buff in your life doesn’t need to be left out! CSC Fellow and historian Richard Weikart released two important new books last year. Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life is a haunting overview of the effects of the creeping idea that human life doesn’t matter. Or for the World War II fanatic, Weikart released Hitler’s Religion, rounding out his trilogy that also includes Hitler’s Ethic and From Darwin to Hitler.
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