Recommended Books on Creationism, Evolution, and Related Topics

The following works deal with the topics of creationism, evolution, and the Hebrew Bible and its background. I consider these some of the better works in each area, some are written at a popular level, while others are more academic and scholarly. The reason why I put this list together is to challenge anyone who wants to take a deep dive into the issues of creationism, evolution and a critical approach to the Hebrew Bible. The reason why I included books on the Hebrew Bible and its background is because of how it impacts the creationist view. I have not included works on intelligent design and old earth creationism.

The books on creationism are fairly representative of modern young earth creationism. I tried to hit on the major issues and subject matters creationists would consider important. The same with evolution, I tried to hit on the major topics from the question of what is science to books critiquing creationism, to books by Christians defending evolution.

The resources on the Hebrew Bible and its background represent a fairly broad consensus of the scholarly community from progressive/conservative to liberal to unbelieving. Obviously fundamentalist believers will disagree, but I think that is part of the problem.

Books from a young earth creationist perspective

General

  • Creation’s Tiny Mystery by Robert V. Gentry
  • Creation Basics & Beyond: An In-Depth Look at Science, Origins, and Evolution by ICR staff
  • Creation Scientists Answer Their Critics by Duane T. Gish
  • Faith, Form, and Time: What the Bible Teaches and Science Confirms about Creation and the Age of the Universe by Kurt Wise
  • In the Beginning Was Information by Werner Gitt
  • Scientific Creationism by Henry M. Morris
  • The Natural Limits to Biological Change by Lane P. Lester and Raymond G. Bohlin
  • The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy by Nancy Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton
  • Thermodynamics and the Development of Order edited by Emmett L. Williams
  • Understanding Genesis: How to Analyze, Interpret, and Defend Scripture by Jason Lisle

Catastrophism and Flood Geology

  • An Ice Age Caused by the Genesis Flood by Michael Oard
  • Ancient Ice Ages or Gigantic Submarine Landslides? by Michael Oard
  • Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe edited by Steven Austin
  • Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation & the Flood, 2 Vol. by Andrew A. Snelling
  • Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study by John Woodmorappe
  • Rock Solid Answers: The Biblical Truth Behind 14 Geologic Questions edited by Michael J. Oard and John K. Reed
  • Studies in Flood Geology: A Compilation of Research Studies Supporting Creation and the Flood by John Woodmorappe
  • The Genesis Flood by Henry M. Morris and John C. Whitcomb
  • The Geologic Column: Perspectives within Diluvial Geology by John K. Reed and Michael J. Oard
  • The Global Flood: Unlocking Earth’s Geologic History by John D. Morris

Age of the Earth/Universe

  • Ice Cores and the Age of the Earth by Larry Vardiman
  • Rocks Aren’t Clocks: A Critique of the Geologic Timescale by John K. Reed
  • Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, 2 Vol. edited by Larry Vardiman, Eugene Chaffin and Andrew Snelling
  • Starlight and Time: Solving the Puzzle of Distant Starlight in a Young Universe by Russell Humphreys
  • Starlight, Time and the New Physics by John Hartnett
  • The Mythology of Modern Dating Methods by John Woodmorappe
  • The Young Earth: The Real History of the Earth: Past, Present, and Future by John Morris

Anti-evolutionary works

  • Bones of Contention by Marvin Lubenow
  • Darwin’s Enigma: Ebbing the Tide of Naturalism by Luther D. Sunderland
  • Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels edited by Robert Carter
  • Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record by Duane T. Gish
  • Evolution: The Grand Experiment, 2 Vol. by Carl Werner
  • Genetic Entropy by John S. Sanford
  • Origin of Species Revisited: The Theories of Evolution and of Abrupt Appearance, 2 Vol. by Wendell R. Bird
  • The Biotic Message: Evolution Versus Message Theory by Walter J. ReMine
  • The Greatest Hoax on Earth: Refuting Dawkins on Evolution by Jonathan Sarfati
  • The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution by A.E. Wilder-Smith
  • The Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory by A.E. Wilder-Smith
  • Vestigial Organs are Fully Functional by Jerry Bergman

Resources on understanding the Hebrew Bible and its historical context

How to approach the Bible

  • Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Ronald E. Osborn
  • Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns
  • God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship by Kenton L. Sparks
  • Is the Bible Fact or Fiction? An Introduction to Biblical Historiography by Barbara E. Organ
  • The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns
  • The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals when it Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries To Hide It) by Thom Stark

How to interpret the Bible

  • How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L. Kugel
  • The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington
  • The Nature of Biblical Criticism by John Barton
  • The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine

Historical context

  • Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible by John H. Walton
  • Hidden Riches: A Sourcebook for the Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East by Christopher B. Hays
  • Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science by Kyle Greenwood
  • The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible by Robin A. Parry
  • The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms by Othmar Keel

Introductory texts

  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins
  • The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction by Norman K. Gottwald
  • The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures by Michael D. Coogan

Books from an evolutionary perspective

What is Science

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Scientific Method by Stephen S. Carey
  • Just a Theory: Exploring the Nature of Science by Moti Ben-Ari
  • The Sciences: An Integrated Approach by James Trefil & Robert Hazen
  • Thinking About Science: Essays on the Nature of Science by Massimo Pigliucci
  • What Science is and How it Works by Gregory Derry

The Theory of Evolution

  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll
  • Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters by Donald Prothero
  • Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved by Ivan R Schwab
  • Evolutionary Analysis by Jon C. Herron and Scott Freeman
  • The Evidence for Evolution by Alan R. Rogers
  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll
  • The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Understanding Evolution by Kostas Kampourakis
  • What Evolution Is by Ernst Mayr

Age of the Earth/Universe

  • Ancient Earth, Ancient Skies: The Age of Earth and its Cosmic Surroundings by G. Brent Dalrymple
  • How Old Is the Universe? by David A. Weintraub
  • Nature’s Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything by Douglas Macdougall
  • The Age of Everything: How Science Explores the Past by Matthew Hedman

Human Evolution

  • Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins by Ian Tattersall
  • The Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA by Daniel J. Fairbanks
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

Miscellaneous Topics

  • Information Theory, Evolution, and the Origin of Life by Hubert Yockey
  • Information Theory and Evolution by John Avery
  • The Cambrian Exposion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity by Erwin Douglas and James Valentine
  • The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma by Marc Kirschner and John C. Gerhart
  • The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years by J. G. M. “Hans” Thewissen

Critique of Creationism and Intelligent Design

  • Denying Science: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science by Massimo Pigliucci
  • Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution by Sahotra Sarkar
  • Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism edited by Andrew J. Petto and Laurie R. Godfrey
  • The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis Young
  • The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David R. Montgomery
  • The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? edited by Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Wayne Ranney, Tim Helble
  • Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) by Matt Young and Paul K. Strode
  • Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism

Christian defenses of evolution

  • Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology by Darrell Falk
  • Paradigms on Pilgrimage: Creationism, Paleontology and Biblical Interpretation by Stephen Godfrey and Christopher Smith
  • Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution by Kenneth Miller
  • Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul by Kenneth Miller
  • Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution by Denis O. Lamoureux