Annotated Bibliography on the Bible and Science

This is a work-in-progress.

Chaffey, Tim and Jason Lisle.  Old-Earth Creationism: The Verdict Is In.

Fields, Weston.  Unformed and Unfilled: A Critique of the Gap Theory.  Master Books, 2005 (originally published 1976), trade paper, 245 pages.

Haber, Francis C. (1920-1990).  The Age of the World: Moses to Darwin.  The Johns Hopkins Press, 1959, 303 pages.  A secular historian of science like Ron Numbers (see below), Haber gives the secular perspective on the same turning point identified by Terry Mortenson (see below) – that is, the first-half of the 19th century when the budding field of geology freed itself from the chronological constraints of Moses.

Hagopian, David G.  Editor.  The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation.  Crux Press, 2001,  trade paper, 319 pages.

Ham, Ken.  Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church.  Master Books, 2013, Kindle edition.

Kelly, Douglas F.  Creation and Change: Genesis 1:1-2:4 in the Light of Changing Scientific Paradigms.  Mentor, 1997, trade paper, 240 pages.

Kulikovsky, Andrews S.  Creation, Fall, Restoration: A Biblical Theology of Creation.  Mentor, 2009, 312 pages.

Lisle, Jason.  The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate.  Master Books, 2009, Kindle edition.

__________.  See Chaffey and Lisle above.

Mathison, Keith A.  A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture.  Ligonier Ministries, 2013, Kindle edition.  Foreword by R. C. Sproul.

Moreland, J. P. and John Mark Reynolds.  Three Views on Creation and Evolution.  Zondervan, 1999, Kindle edition.

Mortenson, Terry.  The Great Turning Point.  Master Books, 2004, 272 pages (Kindle edition).  The basis of this book is Mortenson’s dissertation for his PhD in the history of geology from Coventry University (England) in 1996.  He provides individual profiles of “Scriptural Geologists” who, during the first half of the 19th century in England, protested the declarations of an old earth being made by on behalf of geology by spokesmen like James Hutton and Charles Lyell as well as Christian compromises with old-earth declarations – compromises such as the gap theory, the day-age theory, and the tranquil flood theory.  The compromises generally prevailed in Christianity, and thus paved the way for Darwin’s Origin of Species with many Christians by establishing the acceptance of an old earth that allowed the time required for the coherence of the theory of evolution.

__________ and Thane H. Ury.  Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth.  Master Books, 2008, Kindle edition.

Numbers, Ronald L. (1942-). The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design (Expanded Edition).  Harvard University Press, 1992 (original edition), 2006 (expanded edition), 606 pages.  The original sub-title was The Evolution of Scientific Creationism; the expanded edition did not revise the original book, but simply provided a new sub-title, added two chapters (17 – Intelligent Design and 18 – Creationism Goes Global), and its own additional introduction.  “Born and reared in a fundamentalist Seventh-day Adventist family of ministers,” Numbers, an American historian of science, does “not recall ever doubting the recent appearance of of life on the earth until the late 1960’s, while studying the history of science at the University of California at Berkeley,” where and when he “decided to follow science rather than Scripture on the subject of origins.”  Thus he no longer believes in creationism of any kind, and identifies himself as “agnostic.”  Even though he considers creationists “threatening” and on a par with astrologists, alchemists, and phrenologists of prior ages, he seeks to report creationist history since the time of Darwin even-handedly and with respect.  Numbers’ Seventh-day Adventist background both helps and hinders his study – helps because it informs him of the role of George McCready Price, but hinders because he looks back no farther than Price for the origin of creationism.  Though The Creationists is considered by many as “the definitive history,” it must be supplemented by other studies, such as Mortenson’s The Great Turning Point above, lest anyone think that creationism is strictly North American in origin or that creationism arose only in response to Darwin.

Pipa, Joseph A. Jr. and David W. Hall.  Editors.  Did God Create in 6 Days?  Tolle Lege Press, 2005 (original edition Presbyterian Press, 1999), cloth, 338 pages.

Ross, Hugh (1945-).  A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy (second expanded edition).  RTB Press, 2015, Kindle edition.  Hugh Ross is a progressive creationist and probably the best-known popularizer of old-earth creationism (OEC).  Because of this, there is

Sarfati, Jonathan.  Refuting Compromise.  Like the Van Bebber and Taylor book listed below, this is a response to Hugh Ross (progressive creationist and old-earth proponent).

Van Bebber, Mark and Paul S. Taylor.  Creation and Time: A Report on the Progressive Creationist Book by Hugh Ross.  Eden Communications (a ministry of Films for Christ), 1994, 1995, 1996, 128 pages.

Whitcomb, John C. and Henry M. Morris.  The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications, 50th Anniversary Edition.  P & R Publishing, 2011 (originally published 1961), trade paper, 522 pages.

Youngblood, Ronald.  Editor.  The Genesis Debate: Persistent Questions About Creation and the Flood.  Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1999 (previously published by Baker Book House 1990), trade paper, 250 pages.