Science & Religion

One could characterize our distinctive theological identity as “classical, with a little bit of cutting edge.”

By “classical,” we mean that, in considering important questions, we look first to the great learning of the Christian theological tradition.

For “cutting edge,” we have one of our areas of program emphasis especially in mind – the field of science and religion.

The drop down navigation menu on the left leads to ITSSM lecture series videos and notes, Dr. Keller’s doctoral dissertation, and to other sites of interest in the field.


A Scientist’s Journey In Faith

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori


Recommended Reading:

Christian Faith and Evolution

Peters, Ted, and Martinez Hewlett.
Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Barr, Stephen M.
“The Design of Evolution.”
First Things: the Journal of Religion, Culture and Public Life 156 (October 2005): 9-12.

Johnson, Elizabeth,
“Does God Play Dice? Divine Providence and Chance.”
In Mary Kathleen Cunningham, ed. God and Evolution: A Reader, 286–303. New York: Routledge, 2007.

McMullin, Ernan, ed.
Evolution and Creation.
Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985. Especially McMullin’s Introduction.

Big Books in Theistic Evolution

Peacocke, Arthur.
Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming—Natural, Divine and Human, enlarged edition.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Rolston, Holmes, III.
Genes, Genesis and God: Values and Their Origins in Natural and Human History.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

A Comprehensive Look at Intelligent Design

Pennock, Robert T., ed.
Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives.
Cambridge, Mass.: Bradford Books / MIT Press, 2001.

Valuable Historical Perspectives

Bowler, Peter J.
Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Larson, Edward J.
Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Just the science

Mayr, Ernst.
What Evolution Is.
New York: Perseus Books Group / Basic Books, 2001.


External Links:

The God Delusion Debate
A video recording of a well-known debate on the existence of God between Richard Dawkins and the Oxford Mathematician John Lennox.

Center for Theology and Natural Sciences

Templeton Foundation Big Questions