The best books about why my Christian faith is confirmed through science

Who am I?

I believe that the most important questions one can possibly ask are, ‘Is there a God?’ and ‘Is Jesus God in human flesh?’ Since becoming a Christian at University in Cambridge the answers I have found to these questions have been the bedrock of my life. They have been confirmed by experience and I have wanted to share them. My academic work has been devoted to them. I am an astrophysicist as well as a priest and find, contrary to popular conceptions, that these vocations fit wonderfully neatly together. I am persuaded that there is a wealth of evidence for the truth of Christian beliefs, including from science itself.


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Ramified Natural Theology in Science and Religion: Moving Forward from Natural Theology

By Rodney Holder,

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What is my book about?

Natural theology is about arguments for the existence of God. Certain features of the universe are much more likely to be present if there is a God than if not, and that fact enhances the probability that God exists. Ramified natural theology uses a similar form of argumentation for the specific claims of Christianity, e.g. that Jesus rose from the dead and is God in human flesh. The historical evidence for the life, death and resurrection is extremely powerful and we are much more likely to have it if Jesus is God incarnate than if not, and that enhances the probability that Jesus is indeed God incarnate. With reasonable assumptions, putting the two together makes it overwhelmingly likely that God became flesh in Jesus.

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Science and Christian Belief: Theological Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker

By John Polkinghorne,

Book cover of Science and Christian Belief: Theological Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker

Why this book?

The late John Polkinghorne was the leading figure in the modern dialogue between science and religion. He was Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge, a position which he gave up to become a priest in the Church of England. In this startling volume, he discusses all the clauses of the Nicene Creed, thinking through this fundamental statement of Christian belief as a scientist. He persistently asks, ‘What is the evidence that makes you think this might be true?’ and shows that the evidence required to justify classically orthodox Christian belief is there to be had.


The Existence of God

By Richard Swinburne,

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Why this book?

Swinburne is a world-leading philosopher of religion and in this book he mounts a powerful case for the existence of God. Each piece of evidence he adduces is more likely to be found if God exists than if he does not so this enhances the probability that God does in fact exist. The evidence includes the cosmological and design arguments, arguments from consciousness and morality, arguments from history and miracles and from religious experience. Making reasonable assumptions and bringing all this evidence together gives us a high probability that God exists.


Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins

By Keith Ward,

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Why this book?

Keith Ward is a major philosopher and theologian. In this book, he presents a devastating critique of the simplistic arguments of Richard Dawkins. With touches of humour he deftly demolishes Dawkins’ materialistic atheism, showing how the priority of the divine mind as necessary being provides the ultimate explanation for anything to exist. Science provides explanations in terms of cause and effect, but does not explain why there is a universe in the first place or why the laws of nature are as they are. Contrary to Dawkins, belief in a divine mind does not close down scientific endeavour but inspires it. If the speculative multiverse idea were to explain the special nature of this universe, this would itself still need explanation, and would in any case be compatible with theism.


The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God Volume 3

By N. T. Wright,

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Why this book?

Tom Wright is the leading New Testament scholar of today. This powerful and persuasive magnum opus brings Wright’s skills as the finest historian of the period to bear on his subject matter. He sets Jesus’ resurrection well and truly in its historical context. The idea of a general resurrection at the end of time may have been around but not the resurrection within time of a single individual. Yet all the evidence leads inexorably to the conclusion that this is precisely what happened. This was not a belief that emerged over time and then found its way into the gospels but the very foundation of Christian preaching and writing from the beginning and the basis of the existence and spread of the church from its earliest days.


Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

By Richard Bauckham,

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Why this book?

Bauckham is a world-leading Biblical scholar who shows in this ground-breaking book how direct eye-witness testimony underlies what we read about Jesus in the gospels, which should therefore be treated with the utmost seriousness. Particularly significant for Bauckham is the witness of the early second-century writer Papias, who had known and interacted with persons very close to the gospel events in his youth and explains how and by whom the gospels were put together. Eyewitness testimony is fundamental to forming our beliefs and can make the seemingly incredible totally credible. Bauckham draws a startling comparison with the Holocaust. We are convinced it happened only because we have eyewitness reports. Likewise with the resurrection of Jesus.


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