- Who Made the Moon?: A Father Explores How Faith and Science Agree by Sigmund Brouwer
- The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
- Redeeming Science by Vern Poythress
- Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael Behe
- The Case For A Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
- When Faith and Science Collide: A Biblical Approach to Evaluating Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Age of the Earth by G. R. Davidson
- Belief in God in an Age of Science by John Polkinghorne
- Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology by Darrel Falk
It's a sad truism that many young Christians lose their faith when they begin to study science in depth. For some of them, the science has far more evidence that the creation myth their out-of-touch parents taught them. Others are deceived by the dogmatic way evolution is presented as 'proof' that God can't exist. Some take theory as fact. Some study the evidence themselves and take it as more reasonable than the God of their youth.
For me as a young science student, the solution was to always look at things through the filter of my Bible. If a theory was compatible with my beliefs then I could consider it. If not, then I didn't. And then I didn't question any more. Since those days, many years ago, my plan has been to not consider these things too deeply. If I did then I would begin to question and doubt, and that, for me, was not a good thing. There were just too many gaps and inconsistencies. I know that doesn't work for everyone, but it did for me.
Being a mum, though, particularly a homeschooling mum, is different. Here I am at nearly 50 back considering those things that I've studiously ignored for so long. Like the evolution/creation debate. Theistic evolution. Evolutionary creation. Old earth /young earth. The compatibility of God with modern science.
I am becoming more and more aware of the importance of raising a child who can read material from a variety of sources and who is able to separate the gold from the dross. I want Jemimah to be able to read modern science without the fear that I sometimes hold that the science might turn me away from God. I want her to be able to watch educational science shows on TV like David Attenborough and National Geographic and find the content substantially compatible with her faith and not a stumbling block. I am convinced that good science and good theology will eventually be found in agreement, much as they were over Gallileo's discoveries. Eventually the gaps in our knowledge of the universe will be filled in in a way that makes God's words in the Bible true, and his existence to be irrefutable. I want Jemimah to believe this too.
As I work out our science curriculum for the coming years, I will be taking the worldview of the books we study into consideration. They will certainly not all be Christian, but I don't want books that are antagonistic to our faith, especially if that bias is covert and difficult to see. I will also be looking at books written from a Christian point of view.
Which is where the list at the top comes in. It's a list of books that I believe contain good science written by Christian authors. I've only read the top two, but I've heard good things about the rest.
I'm asking you to help me with this list. Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Do you have any young earth books that you consider have excellent science that you think I could include? Which authors resonate with you? What level is the book aimed at? Have your kids read any of these? What are their thoughts?
Have any of you looked at Test of FAITH?
Thank you for your help, folks. You're the best. I know I can depend on you.