My Favorite Books
The truth can only be found by the
painstaking elimination of the untrue.
Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946)
A few years ago, I heard the line above in an old movie. It really relates to how I came to believe that there is a God. (Click here to read how I came to believe in God.)
These are some of the books I read that convince me that God exists. The great majority of the books on this list make extensive use of excerpts from published articles in peer reviewed science journals and other publications. Although most of the books are by Christians, these are not books that say "the Bible says it so it must be true". I believe in God because of the strong scientific case for His existence made in these books.
All of these books have a link to the amazon.com website so you can read the reviews and comments of others if you wish. Some of the books are available to be read online. Please see the end of this page for a list of books that may be read online.
The Answers Book by Ken Ham, et al Read The Answers Book Online
This book answers many common questions about creation. It answers questions about Cain’s wife, dinosaurs, the origin of races and many more.
Bones of Contention by Marvin L. Lubenow
This book analyzes all of the hominid fossils. The appendix has a very detailed discussion of the dating of the fossil skull KNM-ER 1470. The science journal “Nature” is where the researchers published their research regarding this skull and their papers in “Nature” are quoted extensively. According to the many quotes from “Nature” it took a period of ten years to date this one fossil skull. This skull caused a big controversy in the scientific community and that’s why it took ten years for them to agree. This ten year process is detailed step by step using the words of the researchers, themselves. There were many dates given by the various radiometric dating techniques. The scientists could not agree on the “right” date of the many that were given by the various techniques. The author shows that a lot of the science related to the fossils and evolution is subjective.
Buried Alive by Jack Cuozzo
The author, an orthodontist, went all over Europe into the back rooms of the largest museums and examined actual fossil skulls of Neanderthals. Most museums only have cast copies of the skulls and most scientists have never seen a real one. He got permission to x-ray the skulls and there are pictures in the book. He shows that the skulls have been put together improperly with the jaw jutting out. Because of the belief in evolution the jaw has been put in a more ape like fashion in all Neanderthal skulls. Then, these improperly assembled skulls were copied and sent museums all over the world.
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
The author was an atheist journalist. When his wife became a Christian he went all over the USA and interviewed scientists and others about why they believed in God. After a period of time he came to believe in God and became a Christian, too. This book has the interviews that convinced him. Two of the men he interviewed, Jonathan Wells (Icons of Evolution) and Michael Behe (Darwin’s Black Box), wrote books that are on this reading list. My story is similar to Strobel’s. I was so excited to see that God’s existence can be proven scientifically I made this website to tell others.
Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson
The author is a law professor who examines the evidence for evolution and determines whether it would hold up in a court of law.
Darwin’s Black Box by Michael J. Behe
The author is a biochemist at Lehigh University. He examines the cell close up and describes all of the inner workings. He compares the cell to a large city with food delivery and trash pickup. He coins the term “irreducible complexity” and concludes that life on earth was intelligently designed.
Darwin’s Enigma by Luther D. Sunderland
In 1859, in the book Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin said: “Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms”. Now over 100 years later, Sutherland wrote letters to at the world’s largest museums and asked each one what fossils of transitional forms they had in their collections. None of the paleontologists had a fossil of a transitional form.
Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish, PhD
This book talks about all the major types of dinosaurs. It also talks about how dinosaurs fit in with creation, flood legends and dragon legends. It concludes that dinosaurs were created in the beginning with all other life. Dinosaurs were originally called dragons but started to die off after the flood and were rediscovered years later after people forgot about dragons.
The Encyclopedia of Animals by Dr. George McKay, et al
This book states that the evolutionary relationship of animals is based upon the classification of the animals. This book also states that the classification of animals is based upon the opinion of the classifier. In math class one learns that if A is equal to B and B is equal to C then A is equal to C. Therefore, the evolutionary relationship of animals is based upon opinion, not science. It is interesting to note that the person who invented the animal classification system, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), was a creationist who listed the major types of animals that would have been on Noah’s Ark. It had nothing to do with evolution.
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! by Duane T. Gish
The author has a PhD in biochemistry. He publishes frequently in scientific journals. He examines the fossils and determines that each animal fossil is of a type of animal that still exists, mammal, bird, fish, etc. There is not the seamless progression of transitional fossils from one type to another that Charles Darwin said that his theory requires.
Fossils: Key to the Present by Richard B. Bliss, Gary E. Parker, Duane T. Gish
This book is a shortened version of the book Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No. When I read this book I still believed that evolution explained all life on earth. This is the first book I read when I finally agreed to read a book recommended to me by my creationist friends.
Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells, Jody F. Sjogren
This book talks about the supposed evidence for evolution as taught in text books. The author describes in detail the Miller-Urey experiment, Darwin’s tree of life, Darwin’s finches, the horse series, Haeckel’s embryos, peppered moths, and several other topics. This author is one of the men interviewed in the book above entitled The Case for a Creator
Genesis and the Decay of the Nations by Ken Ham
This book describes the effects that the belief in evolution has had on the world.
The Genesis Debate Edited by Ronald F. Youngblood
The format of this book is of a debate. It presents different sides of the issues of creation including the length of creation days, the age of the earth and the flood of Noah.
The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris
This book examines the possibility of the flood of Noah from a scientific viewpoint. Topics include flood geology, radiometric dating methods, paleontology and many others.
The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris
This book is a verse by verse commentary on the entire Bible book of Genesis by a creationist who is a scientist.
The God Who is Real by Henry Morris
This is a very short but powerful little book written by a scientist. It gives many scientific reasons to believe in God. This is one of the first books I read about creation.
In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation Edited by John F. Ashton PhD.
Read "In Six Days" Online
This might be my favorite of all the books on this list. The editor compiled papers by fifty scientists. Each scientist gives the reasons why he believes that God created the universe, the earth, plants and animals in six days as the Bible book of Genesis describes. It has detailed scientific explanations. There is a sequel to this book entitled On the Seventh Day which is listed below.
In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Walt Brown, PhD
The author has a Ph.D. from MIT. This book describes the evidence for creation in the life sciences and earth sciences. This entire book is available to read online in this website: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood
The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
This short book discusses holes in the evidence for the theory of evolution. It also talks about the effects the belief in evolution has on society.
Many Infallible Proofs by Henry M. Morris
This book has many scientific evidences for the belief in God. It discusses evidence for a world wide flood which caused the fossil record and the large amount of buried foliage that became gas, coal and oil. It has a chapter on The Bible and Science which lists things that were in the Bible before science knew about it, including the circulation of blood, the water cycle, the shape of the earth and the number of stars. The Bible verses for each are listed.
Men of Science/Men of God by Henry M. Morris
This fascinating book has biographies of founders of modern science who believed the Biblical creation. Biographies include da Vinci, Kepler, Pascal, Galileo, Brahe, Copernicus, Newton, Faraday, Babbage, Morse, Mendel, Pasteur, Kelvin, Lister and Carver. All these men were men of science but they all believed that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Modern Science and an Ancient Text By Don Kopp
This book is written by somebody with a love of science who believed in evolution. He decided to look at the Bible with a scientifically critical eye. He says “if a book that old didn’t have anything supernatural going for it, scientific inquiry should be able to discover it.” He ended up believing that the Bible was true
Origin by Design by Harold Coffin
This book has many evidences of the holes in the theory of evolution. Topics include fossil evidence and radiometric dating.
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
I have made a separate page for this book. Surprisingly, Charles Darwin gives a lot of evidence against evolution. I have put some excerpts on this page. The Origin of Species
Origin of Life by Richard B. Bliss
This book shows the complexity of life, that it is much to complex to have happened by chance.
Refuting Evolution 2 by Jonathan Sarfati Read Refuting Evolution 2 Online
This book primarily is an answer to the Public Broadcasting System series entitled "Evolution". As he did in his earlier book above, the author points out the scientific problems with the theory of evolution.
The Remarkable Record of Job by Dr. Henry Morris
This book is both a devotional and a scientific examination of the book of Job in the Bible. The book of Job talks both about the Ice Age and two types of dinosaurs.
Science and the Bible by Henry M. Morris
The author shows that, contrary to popular opinion, the Bible is compatible with science and gives many examples from both the biological and physical sciences.
Scientific Analysis of Genesis by Edward F. Blick
The author shows that the Bible book of Genesis is compatible with science.
Scientific Creationism by Henry M Morris, PhD
This author describes the physical and biolgical evidence used to support evolution and shows that it is more compatible with creation.
Weapons of our Warfare by Dr. John Morris, Doug Phillips, Esq.
This is a wonderful little book. It answers the twenty most common questions about creation. It has recently been republished under the title: "Straight Answers to Tough Questions" and is available from http://www.icr.com
Why Not Creation by Walter E. Lammerts
This book covers some of the most compelling arguments for creation and against evolution.
The World that Perished by John C. Whitcomb
This book is a scientific examination of the flood of Noah. It concentrates on the geological evidence with supports a massive, destructive worldwide flood.
The Young Earth by John D. Morris, PhD
The author, a geological engineer, describes the geological systems of the earth and shows that they have been made within thousands, not millions, of years.
The following items may be read in their entirety online: Online resources
Adam’s Rib: Creation & the Human Body
Does Carbon Dating Disprove the Bible?
Evidence for a Young World
Is There Intelligent Life in Outer Space?
The Seven C’s of History
Six Days or Millions of Years?
Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
Where Did the ‘Races’ Come From?
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
Why Is There Death & Suffering
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