Monday, September 21, 2009

Heads or Tails - Book

Skittles started a meme called Heads or Tails this week we have to write a post mentioning the word Book.

There are two books that comes to mind that have made me stop and think in the last few years.

The first is called God at War by Gregory A. Boyd.

Gregory Boyd is professor of theology at Bethel College, in this book he undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian belief. He argues that theologians draw too heavily on Augustine’s response to the problem of evil, which is to attribute pain and suffering to the mysterious “good” purposes of God. Through a close study of both Old and New Testaments Boyd argues that God has been in an age-long, (but not eternal), battle against Satan and this conflict is essential to an understanding of the biblical narrative.

This book has been one of the most thought provoking books I have come across and I have referred to it many times.

The second is The Language of God by Francis S. Collins.

Dr. Francis Collins is head of the Human Genome Project, and is one of the world’s leading scientists. He works at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and Scripture.

Dr. Collins believes that faith in God and faith in science are compatible. In the book he takes his readers on an amazing journey into the realms of modern science to show that physics, chemistry, and biology can all fit together with belief in God and the Bible.

I think this would be good reading for any high school student before entering university, it may answer lingering questions regarding their faith.

Neither of these books are light reading but certainly fasReblog this post [with Zemanta]cinating.


anthonynorth said...

Two excellent choices there. The Platonic influence of Augustine on the Church was fundamental to how Christianity developed. Whilst I think science and religion should remain separate, I do agree that there IS plenty of room for dialogue, tolerance and understanding.

Simone said...

mmmm they sound interesting.

Race said...

good choices there!

Calico Crazy said...

Interesting books, it is good to see people writing on positions which are not the "mainstream views" that have been so widely pushed.

Calico Contemplations

shopannies said...

both books sound very interesting and worth reading

Karen said...

I love books that make me think!

Skittles said...

Maybe when things settle down here and I find a library I'll go hunt them down. :)

Danielle Says Hello said...

I have bookmarked these recommendations and hope to read them as winter winds blow ( much as we can have winter winds here in sunny Florida) :)