FOR The Polkinghorne Reader: Science, faith and the search for meaning, Thomas Oord has selected writings by the Revd Professor John Polkinghorne, and divided them into three sections: the world, God, and Christianity, with the aim of helping those who are beginning to explore the interface between science and theology, and those who wish to explore the Professor’s thought in a convenient form (SPCK, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-0-281-06053-5).
Explore Evolution: The arguments for and against neo-Darwinism is a textbook aimed at higher school and college students. The authors, Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, Jonathan Moneymaker, Scott Minnich, and Ralph Seelke, lay their material out as a dialogue; for each topic covered, the case is made, and followed by a reply in the form of an opposing view (Hill House, £15; 978-0-947352-51-6).
Francisco Ayala, who won the Templeton Prize in 2010, argues in favour of evolution in Am I a Monkey? In this short book, he explores the theory and evidence for it, DNA, natural selection, and the relationship with religious beliefs (John Hopkins University Press, £6.50 (£5.85); 978-0-8018-9754-2).
Brian Ridley argues that the time has come for Reforming Science. In particular, he argues, science and those who practise it must recognise its limitations rather than perpetuate the idea of unchallengeable authority (Imprint Academic, £14.95 (£13.45); 978-1-84540194-8).