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PopularAtkinson, D

The Message of Genesis 1-11
Bible Speaks Today
IVP, 1990 

A basic evangelical commentary that deals more with the issues of being a human being in God’s world than with the scientific issues of creation and evolution. Not exegetical in style, more thematic than technical. Dealing with themes such as grace, mercy, salvation and judgment.​

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
Popular, DemandingBerlinski, David

The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
Crown Forum, 2008

For anyone looking for a well reasoned, intelligent, and witty defense of theistic belief they could do far worse than The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinsky.

Berlinsky, a Ph.D. (Princeton) and professor of mathematics and philosophy who has authored many books, seems well equipped to offer an adroit and readable critique of the sum of science’s theories regarding the origin, nature and development of life on earth. For this reason Neo-Darwinists and atheists of all stripes ignore this book at their peril, particularly polemicists such as Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens who have recently published scathing critiques of religious belief in general and Christian belief in particular.

Berlinski conceives his defense as one uncommitted to any faith tradition.  Indeed, he is a self-professed secular Jew whose “religious education did not take.” As one who has spent the better part of his academic life writing about the sciences he makes a most unlikely apologist for belief in God.  Yet in his preface he bluntly dismisses as ‘splendid artifacts of the human imagination’ the various and elaborate theories to account for how the universe began, how life originated on earth, how the brain functions, or how the human conscience is impelled to distinguish between right and wrong.

On these and many more questions the ‘great scientific theories have lapsed.’  Even more lacking are science’s statements pertaining to eternal questions about life, death, love, and meaning.  In Berlinsky’s view, science has nothing of value to say on these issues.

Critique
AcademicBlocher, Henri

In the Beginning – The Opening Chapters of Genesis
IVP, 1984 

This is a very important contribution to interpreting Genesis. Blocher argues from the perspective of what the original writing was meant to convey to it’s readers. He looks in detail at the creation week, the image of God, the significance of male and female, the garden covenant, the Fall, the curse, and the promise of redemption. An evangelical approach.
Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
AcademicBrueggemann, W

Genesis
Atlanta: John Knox, 1982.

A scholarly but accessible commentary, translated from German, with a particular focus on theological interpretation of the text.  Brueggemann's commentary is published in the 'Interpretation' series, particularly designed for the support of teaching and preaching. ​

Bible commentary
PopularCaroline Jones

An Authentic Life: Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Everyday Life  2nd Ed
Sydney: ABC Books, 2001
‘Australian Mystics’ pp 138-153

This chapter comes out of the popular program ‘The Search for Meaning’ that Jones presented on ABC Radio from 1987 to 1994.  It collects together stories from the program’s guests and listeners about ‘mystical’ or ‘extra-rational’ experiences they had encountered.  The stories are easily accessible and moving, and illustrate experience of a reality beyond the purely rational that is denied by Dawkins and others. ​

Mystical experience
PopularCentre for Public Christianity

Interviews from the Centre for Public Christianity

 
 

Apologetics
Intermediate, DemandingConway Morris, S

Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
CUP 2003.

Presents evidence for convergence in biological forms and claims this results from boundaries in biology for achieving what is possible. Written by a convinced Christian, this is an important recent text dealing with technicalities of evolution in relation to the use to which materialist views of evolution and natural selection are put by the new atheists. Readers might also wish to consult the extensive review by Sam Berry in Science and Christian Belief 17(1) p 108 2005. 
Purposeful universe
PopularDavid Tacey

ReEnchantment: The New Australian Spirituality
Harper Collins: Sydney, 2000
‘In Defiance of the Sacred’ 65-92

In this chapter of his well-known book Tacey revisits the relationship between reason and myth, discussed by Armstrong, but with particular reference to Australian context and experience.  In his discussion Tacey uses not the language of ‘atheism’, but ‘secularism’ and ‘denial of the sacred’.   Tacey’s writing is engaging and accessible. Spirituality with an Australian focus: Written for a popular audience. ​

Modern secularism
PopularDawkins, Richard
The Blind Watchmaker
Longman Scientific and Technical,
Harlow 1986.
 
A biological text in which Dawkins claims that Evolution has no direction. This is in contrast to the view of Simon Conway Morris in Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe [see entry under Conway Morris]. Dawkins is in a long line of biologists who don’t want to see any evidence of purpose.
New Atheism positive
PopularDawkins, Richard

The God Delusion
Houghton-Mifflin, Boston-NY, 2006.

Dawkins is implacably opposed to religion in any form; it is bad for one and, in his view lies at the heart of all that is evil. Sees only a negative side; totally ignores the positive and good things that have been achieved through religion. Prefers to argue with fundamentalists [because they believe they are certain]. Claims that liberalism is a cop-out – perhaps because Dawkins has himself become a scientific fundamentalist. He claims that ‘The God Hypothesis’ is a scientific hypothesis about the universe. In truth his claim belongs in the metaphysical category but Dawkins does not recognise this.

New Atheism positive
Intermediate, ScholarlyDenis Alexander

Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?
Monarch,
Oxford , 2008

Written by a distinguished Immunologist and Founder and Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge, who is both a convinced Christian and passionate about science. The author covers the scientific basis for evolution, critiques both creationism and intelligent design and provides detailed discussion of the early chapters of Genesis addressing questions such as were Adam and Eve historical or simply representative of the human race.
Evolution/Creation
Popular, DemandingDennett, Daniel

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Viking Adult, 2006.

Daniel Dennett wants the religious reader to take his assessment of religion's causes and effects seriously, and he labors mightily to present himself as fair-minded, if not neutral, about the truth of the central claims of such faiths as Christianity. However the attentive reader will realize that the best bet is not on his position. His intended audience will rightly regard any evolutionary model, indeed any secular model, of religion as essentially corrosive. A causal account of the origins and maintenance of belief cannot completely undermine that belief's rational warrant (the genetic fallacy).
 
Breaking the Spell though is thoughtful, informed and probing. It is surprisingly cautious for a book from the New Atheists: Dennett is sensitive to the limits on what we currently know and is mainly concerned to develop a research agenda. In discussing specific hypotheses about specific religions, he is not at all dogmatic. I doubt, though, that the book will reach the audience that it is targeted at.
 
Readers might wish to consult a lengthy review by Denis Alexander in Science & Christian Belief  18 (2), p 205, 2006.
New Atheism positive
PopularFaraday Institute for Science and Religion

Apologetics Test of Faith is a suite of materials produced by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge to provide a bridge between faith and the findings of modern science.

The program is supported by a number of some of the most significant scientists and thinkers of our day who happen also to be Christians. These include Francis Collins, Director of the NIH in the US and former Director of the Human Genome Project, Physicist-Theologian John Polkinghorne, eminent Paleontologist Simon Conway Morris from Cambridge, and some younger scientists such as Dr Ard Louis, Oxford Theoretical Physicist, and Katherine Blundell, a young Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford

Test of Faith videos and study materials have been produced at a number of levels. These include videos for church discussion groups, study materials and videos for teenagers and primary age children, and a special program for secondary students studying philosophy and religion.  These provide an important source of apologetic materials that inform regarding the nature of science and how significant Christian scholars, scientists and theologians understand the connections. Further the materials and presentations should help people find ways to counter modern atheism.

The Australian distributor is Koorong Books.
Sample promotional material may be found at http://www.testoffaith.com/.   ​

New Atheism positive
IntermediateFrame, Tom
Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia
UNSW Press, 2009
 
In this the 304-page tome, ex-Defence Force Bishop Tom Fame takes a historical look at Christianity/religion and atheism in Australia’s comparatively short history. Frame possesses a sharp surgical insight and employs it with precision in his analysis of what has happened in Australia and why it happened. This book is not a light read and is backed by scholarly research. But Tom is not limited to Australia and critiques the ‘New Atheism’ powerfully revealing their flaws and inconsistencies. This is a must read for any serious student of religious history in Australia.
Apologetics
Popular, IntermediateFrame, Tom

Evolution in the Antipodes: Charles Darwin and Australia
UNSW Press 2009. ISBN: 978-1-921410-76-5                                        

Bishop Tom Frame, Professor and Director of St Mark’s Theological Centre, has provided a historical overview of Darwin’s ideas following publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, with particular reference to Australia. Frame discusses reactions to Darwin’s views from scientists, church leaders and theologians with reference to vigorous public debate in Australia among scientists and clergy during the late 19th Century. He critiques creationism remarking “… the Creation Science movement is essentially anti-scientific: it favours received dogma over discovered fact” and finds intelligent design wanting both theologically and scientifically. He disputes that evolution leads to atheism. Noting that most theological and bible colleges in Australia have no place to discuss evolution, he says “Most clergy do not understand evolutionary theory and cannot present even a second-hand critique of its strengths and weaknesses”.  
Evolution/Creation
PopularGrayling, A.C.

Against All Gods
Oberon Books, 2007

Polemical argument is the tone of this short piece. This book is uncompromising and very much in the Richard Dawkins style. Grayling makes this clear in his introductory first chapter and the remaining chapters amplify the theme.
 
Grayling attacks the notion that religions deserve special respect, any more than do, say, political parties. Grayling also counters the idea that there are 'fundamentalist atheists'. Grayling continues the discussion of names, distinguishing humanism, secularism and atheism from one another. It also includes a rather odd aside on the sufferings of Jesus, which Grayling thinks were less severe than those of women in childbirth (which is interesting since he himself is not a woman). Grayling also looks at the absurdities of faith and how it corrodes reason, the superiority of science as a guide to knowledge; and he advances the view that, despite claims to the contrary, religion is declining and moribund. The final chapter is a statement of humanism. There is no real argument in this short book, just a statement of position. As such, its interest is largely limited to readers who want to know how Grayling sees these questions.
New Atheism positive
PopularHarris, Sam

Letter to a Christian Nation. United States of America: Alfred A. Knope, 2006.

A short booklet with pithy arguments and quotes from the Bible. An easy to read and challenging work, a good introduction to the ‘New Atheism.’ The main argument is that the God of the Bible is evil and faith is rationally bankrupt.
New Atheism positive
PopularHarris, Sam

The End of Faith: Religion Terror and the Future of Reason. (Norton 2004)

Harris [the first of the New Atheists] looks at the three monotheistic faiths that are present within our world today and seeks to conduct an analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world.

Unfortunately, Harris too often allows his anger at this continued deference to unreason to colour his tone, slipping into an incredulous sarcasm, which might appeal to readers who agree with him, but could only succeed in alienating those who need to be persuaded. Yet his central argument in The End of Faith is sound: religion is the only area of human knowledge in which it is still acceptable to ho.ld beliefs dating from antiquity and a modern society should subject those beliefs to the same principles that govern scientific, medical or geographical inquiry - particularly if they are inherently hostile to those with different ideas. It's “easy to laugh at” the man who believes aliens are sending him messages through his hairdryer, but we don't let him run schools or make public broadcasts as if his view were anything other than a delusion. It's less amusing that international policy is decided by men who believe that the book “beside their bed” was written by an invisible deity and is above doubt or questioning. This book is a rallying cry for a ruthless secularization of society.

New Atheism positive
PopularHitchens, Christopher

God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Twelve, 2007.

 
Hitchens is a self-proclaimed popular scholar, by which he means the type of scholar that matters. A journalist by trade, Hitchens takes a huge swipe at Religion in general and Monotheism in particular in this work.
 
Here, as always it seems with the ‘New Atheists’, believer and skeptic talk past each other. One appears to inhabit the private realm of lived experience, the other the public arena of proof and disproof. Hitchens makes the mistake of anti-religious polemicists. Interpreting his opponent's position as based on a crude, long-exposed intellectual error, Hitchens can only attribute Christian and indeed all religious persistence to stupidity, dishonesty or fanaticism. Hence his shrill and exasperated tone.
 
Hitchens, like Onfray, is convinced not only that there is no God, but that belief in “God or other God’s” is highly immoral. Religion is “mankind's ‘original sin”; it is self-immolation, blood sacrifice and child abuse. This unfortunately comes across as silly and hysterical.

New Atheism positive
PopularJensen, P & Payne, T

Beyond Eden – Genesis 1-11
St Matthias Media, 1990 

A small group Bible Study booklet rather than a commentary, it does however provide a fair amount of basic commentary, with an approach that helps people to understand the flow of Genesis and a basic way of interpreting Genesis. An evangelical approach.

 

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
Popular, DemandingKaren Armstrong

The Case for God: What Religion Really Means
London: The Bodley Head, 2009

Armstrong, for many years a Catholic Nun, is a well-known writer and public commentator regarding the phenomenon of religion and this book is her response to the challenges of atheism.  Armstrong discusses the relationship between ‘reason’ (logos) and ‘myth’ (mythos), arguing that in privileging logos modern societies have disturbed an important balance between the two.
 
Armstrong, who describes herself as a ‘freelance monotheist’, will not be to the taste of all readers.  Over the course of the book her argument develops in some unorthodox directions.  However, the early chapters in particular are a helpful response to the claim, central to Dawkins’ position, that only arguments grounded in reason can be of merit.  Written for lay people, but demanding.

 

Critique
Popular, DemandingKeith Ward

Why There Almost Certainly is a God: Doubting Dawkins
(
Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008)

The Rev’d Professor Keith Ward was Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University from 1991 until 2004.  Throughout his academic career the relationship between science and faith has been one of his main areas of interest and this book is his direct response to Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Written for lay people but demanding.

 

Christian critique
PopularKidner, Derek

Genesis, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
IVP, 1967 

Somewhat dated, but again, a good basic starting point for those who want a simple account of how to read the early Genesis accounts. Verse by verse exegetical approach. Not much on overview. An evangelical approach.

 

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
PopularLennox, John

God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
Lion,
Oxford 209

 
Written by a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford who has publicly debated both Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The first four chapters are excellent and a good read. At the end of chapter 4, when he is about to move from cosmology to biology he says (p77) “..we are about to enter somewhat stormy waters and the reader may wonder why we bother’. The review by Denis Alexander in Science and Christian Belief 20(2) p 209-211 explains why one should not accept his argument in the second 58% of the book. Alexander exposes Lennox’s lack of understanding of modern biology. Lennox focuses on design with arguments that are linked too closely with ideas from the ID movement. Terms are not defined here carefully enough.

Christian critique
ScholarlyMargaret Gray Towne

Honest to Genesis: A Biblical & Scientific Challenge to Creationism
Publish America, Baltimore, 2003

This text is by an author with a background in biology, theology and the philosophy of science. She takes us on a journey exploring Christian Creation Theology in the light of modern science, evaluation of the critical thinking needed in a context in which there remains so much angst, the nature of belief and faith, an overview of science from the Greeks until now, discussion of evolutionary theory and a detailed critique of creationist arguments. Finally she outlines a way forward for Christians who also want to be true to what science reveals.
Evolution/Creation
Demanding, ScholarlyMcGrath, Alister

The Twilight of Atheism
Galilee/Doubleday 2004 
 

Scholarly analysis of the history of atheism from the Greeks to the present day. This is not a book about Dawkins who in fact gets fairly scant mention being referred to on only seven out of ~ 300 pages.

 

Christian critique
Intermediate, Demanding, ScholarlyMcGrath, Alister

Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life Blackwell,  2005

Detailed and scholarly critique focussing on Dawkins’s ideas. Predates The God Delusion by 1 year. The first book-length response to Dawkins’ popular books, particularly The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. McGrath explains that arguments regarding the existence of God have to stop somewhere otherwise they simply become circular and without any prospect of resolution.

 

Christian critique
PopularMcGrath, Alister & Joanna Collicutt

The Dawkins Delusion
SPCK 2007 
 

In what is a brief critique particularly of The God Delusion, the McGraths dismantle the argument that science should lead to atheism and point up gaps, inconsistencies and lack of depth in Dawkins’ arguments. They argue it is not fruitful to pursue the question ‘Who made God’. Rather it is better to start by accepting  that God exists even though it cannot be proved logically.
Christian critique
PopularMcGrath, Alister E

Doubt in Perspective: God Is Bigger Than You Think
Inter-Varsity Press, 2006

It is acknowledged that at some time Christians have in their experience, doubts. Often these doubts harbour no damage but in our post-modern society it seems that doubt plays an ever increasing role in our lives. In this short book, Alister McGrath looks at the origins of doubt and helps us see why these appear to trouble so many. He wonderfully turns doubt upside down and argues that doubt should be looked at positively in the Christian experience. A great book for those with nagging doubts about faith.

 

Apologetics
McKeown, J

Genesis, Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series
Eerdmans, 2008

An up to date evangelical exposition of both exegetical issues from the text of Genesis, as well as themes and theological issues (creation, fall, character and image of God) arising from Genesis. Deals very well with Genesis’ impact on science today, while grounding it all in an understanding for the original readers. Understands Genesis 1 as an answer to current religious beliefs of the day.

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
PopularOnfrey, Michael

The Atheist Manifesto
Melbourne Press, 2007

Onfray writes Manifesto in a fit of self-proclaimed anger. The philosophy is as biased in this book as its history is inaccurate. The Manifesto will fail to impress a wide spectrum of its conceivable audience. None but the most patient Christians will find it extremely difficult to endure. Scientists hoping to unpack some sort of evidence for Onfray’s atomistic, Epicurean worldview will be sorely disappointed, as any mention of universal fine-tuning, the ‘new physics’, neurological insights into the boundaries of free choice, and so on, are entirely absent from this book. And convinced hedonists would probably be bettered served spending their $33 RRP down at thepub.

New Atheism positive
PopularPoole, Michael

The ‘New’ Atheism: 10 Arguments That Don’t Hold Water
Lion, 2009

Deliberately eschewing reference to most studies in the field, Poole concentrates on 10 issues raised by Dawkins. He probes each in a forensic manner, offering a set of measured responses. Accordingly, what he offers us is a more balanced account of the effects of religion on the lives of its practitioners, together with a rebuttal of those arguments that attempt to demonstrate the incompatibility of science and faith.
 
Poole also displays a good deal of healthy skepticism in analysing speculative explanations of religion that appeal to ‘memes’ and intellectual viruses. In all this, he is a careful, clear and judicious critic, especially where issues of faith and science are concerned.
Christian critique
AcademicRad, G. von

Genesis. Rev. Ed.
London: SCM, 1972. 

A classic commentary, written by one of the great Protestant Biblical scholars.  This commentary, which has been translated from German, has been highly influential upon subsequent commentators. ​

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
PopularReid, Andrew

Salvation Begins - Reading Genesis Today
Aquila Press, 2007 

This gives an excellent basic framework from an evangelical perspective for understanding how to interpret the Creation and Fall against God’s work of re-creation and redemption. This is a great place to start to get a handle on how to interpret the early chapters of Genesis.
Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
Demanding, ScholarlyReitan, Eric,

Is God a Delusion?
[2009]
Wiley-Blackwell, UK

A scholarly and soundly argued critique of Dawkins and other modern atheists written by a Christian philosopher. Though covering much of the same ground as McGrath’s The Twilight of Atheism, its different style makes it a useful companion text.

Christian critique
PopularRichard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene 
OUP, Oxford 1976 [There is a later edition]

The first of his books aimed at popularising the key ideas of Darwinian Evolution. Introduces the concept of the Meme [or Cultural Gene] to try to account for social behaviour. Tries to interpret the occurrence of religion and how it could have arisen in the meme pool. ​  
New Atheism positive
Popular, DemandingShermer, Michael

Michael Shermer,How We Believe: Science, Skepticism and the Search For God. (Holt Paperback, 2000)

Why people believe in God is the central question of Michael Shermer’s new book How We Believe. Director of the Skeptics Society and an ex-born-again Christian himself, Shermer has a general fascination with belief; this book might be seen as a companion to his previous Why People Believe Weird Things, a portmanteau study of “weird” beliefs from ESP to Holocaust denial.
 
Though Shermer abandoned religion in his own life, he retains, he says, a deep appreciation of its role in other peoples’ lives. But despite that appreciation, like many contemporary scientists who try to explain religion, he leaves out evidence and misses really critical points in the understanding of God and how God relates to the world.

 

New Atheism negative
Popular, AcademicStenger, Victor J

The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason.
Prometheus Books, 2009

Stenger, retired professor of Philosophy at University of Colorado and of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawaii, is successful in this book as his arguments of reasoning against God are clearly stated against his definition of God. That is, he is not just talking about any kind of god, but specifically the capital-g God of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition.

 

 
The logical purist may object that one can't ‘prove a negative,’ that one can no more disprove God than disprove the existence of Santa Claus or an invisible unicorn in the backyard. But the fact that most people do believe in God while rejecting the latter two is part of the point. Given no real reason to believe in Santa Claus or invisible unicorns, people reject such beliefs. Yet they hold tenaciously not only to belief in their God, but specifically to the tenets that their religion teaches about him. It is really these tenets that Stenger is addressing. By showing that they are wrong, like the efficacy of prayer or the notion that God fine-tuned the universe specifically for the sake of existence of humanity, the author demonstrates that belief in God is equally unfounded.

 

New Atheism positive
IntermediateTed Peters & Martinez Hewlett

Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation and Convergence
Abingdon,
Nashville, 2003

 
The authors are a Lutheran Theologian [Peters] and an Emeritus Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and a Roman Catholic [Hewlett], both of whom teach in the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.
 
This is a soundly argued text in which the authors show that the warfare model between Christianity and Evolution is unacceptable, rather arguing for a constructive conversation between scientists and theologians. They critique both scientific creationism and intelligent design, arguing instead for theistic evolution. It might have been better had they talked of a theology of evolution instead.
Evolution/Creation
PopularTed Peters & Martinez Hewlett

Can You Believe in God and Evolution
Abingdon, Nashville, 2006

This popular level text by a Lutheran Theologian [Peters] and a Molecular and Cell Biologist [Hewlett] and a Roman Catholic, covers the typical questions posed by those who are uncertain regarding whether it is appropriate for a Christian to believe in evolution. The authors deal with questions such as “Is evolution only a theory?”,” Ðoes evolution corrupt our values?”, “How do we connect God and evolution?” and “How should we interpet the creation story in Genesis?”. Creationism and intelligent design are also critiqued.

 

Evolution/Creation
ScholarlyTed Peters & Martinez Hewlett

Theological and Scientific Commentary on Darwin’s Origin of Species
Abingdon,
Nashville, 2008
Includes CD of Darwin’s 6th Edition

The authors are a Lutheran Theologian [Peters] and an Emeritus Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and a Roman Catholic [Hewlett], both of whom teach in the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. This scholarly text reviews Darwin’s Origin of Species, provides an assessment of different ideas of both atheists and religious people, and considers different theological responses to evolution. At a more technical level the authors contrast the understanding of Darwin’s views with modern views of evolution informed by molecular genetics. They then consider how we might understand design in Biology and what does it mean to be human.

Evolution/Creation
IntermediateThompson, J A

Genesis 1-3 Science? History? Theology?
Acorn Press, 2007 

A concise evangelical exposition of the Genesis text, providing a good basis for further exegesis. Answers many of the questions relevant to the debate today centering around interpretation of literary genres. The conclusion is that Genesis is a theological writing rather than historical or scientific.
 
This booklet may be ordered on-line at www.iscast.org for $13.20 including postage within Australia.

 

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
PopularVarious

Christians and New Atheists in debate

(Videos)

Can Atheism Save Europe?

Christopher Hitchens vs John Lennox 2008

Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson 2009
Douglas Wilson is an American Pastor and theologian. Christianity Today published their on-line debate which then turned into a book and now a movie. Douglas takes the line that the only reason Hitchens can critique Christianity is because he has borrowed the morality of Christianity with which to do so. Atheism offers no morality therefore this is a debunk belief system.

 

 

New Atheism positive
AcademicWenham, Gordon J

Genesis 1-15, Word Biblical Commentary
Word, 1987 

Probably one of the best evangelical commentaries on this whole issue. He interacts well with the arguments in the arenas of textual analysis, compositional sources, chronology, and theological significance. ‘It would be difficult to find a more concise yet thorough discussion of technical and textual matters. At the same time, Dr Wenham displays unusual sensitivity to the compositional artistry of Genesis and the importance of storytelling in God's self-revelation to the human family.’
Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
AcademicWestermann, C

Genesis 1-11
London: SPCK, 1984;

Genesis 12-3
London: SPCK, 1985;

Genesis 37-50
London: SPCK, 1986.

This three-volume commentary is an important resource for scholars working with the text of Genesis.  It includes comprehensive and detailed commentary on the text including textual, language and structural issues.  Each section offers a helpful bibliography. ​

Bible commentary, Evolution/Creation
Popular, DemandingWilliams, Roy

God Actually
ABC Books. [See review in
TMA March 2010]
 
Interesting critique of much not only of Dawkins but of modern atheism and post modernism. This is a good and helpful read. Although Williams is by training a lawyer, and not a scientist, he has done a pretty good job in reporting the science. Very readable and engaging. As an Australian contribution to the debate, it is a must read for thoughtful Christians here.

Christian critique
 

 Christianity and atheism