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Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,325 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Focusing on the ground-breaking and often controversial science of Charles Darwin, the author seeks to bridge the gulf between science and religion on the subject of human evolution.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published 1999)
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Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Evolution is a tricky subject. There are few topics like it—everyone has an iron opinion on an issue about which they know so very little. With thousands of papers and books written on the subject in the past 150 years, there is no shortage of information, just a shortage of courage. God-loving folks are genuinely scared of this “dangerous theory,” and for this reason avoid the literature. On the other hand, most of the literature “proving evolution” also defames religion and undermines faith. T ...more
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, evolution
Ken Miller is a Christian and a biologist at Brown University, and one of the major anti-creationist debaters. I really liked this well-argued dismantling of intelligent design and other creationist arguments from a scientific perspective.

His theological reflections weren't as deep as I would have liked, but Conrad Hyers' The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modern Science covers that angle.

Christians really need to be informed that A)evolution is very well-supported science, and B)it doesn't
Maddy Carr
I chose this deliberately after reading The God Delusion- Dawkins pretty clearly thinks that religion is incompatible with science, and I wanted to read the POV of someone who thinks the opposite.

I didn't get as much out of this book as I'd hoped- it seems to be more aimed at people who believe in God, but not evolution. (So clearly I am not the audience) Occasionally Miller will make dismissive reference to 'non-believers' and 'materialists', but he didn't really address their arguments in dep
David S. T.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, religion
In the past 700 years science has had a way of humbling humans more and more, once we were the center of everything, created on day 6 in the image of God. First we learn that everything doesn't revolve around the Earth, instead we circle the sun. The sun isn't anything more than just one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, which itself is just one of billions of galaxies. The earth wasn't created created in 1 day, its billions of years old and humans aren't the first dominant species but inst ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening. World-view altering. I think it is a "MUST READ" for anyone interested in either science OR religion. I love both.

Enjoyable to read and fun to chew on. There is enough science, enough philosophy, enough logical reasoning, and enough religious thought to make one pause, think, and digest; however, it is not daunting or intimidating, just thought provoking.

I liked Jared Smith's 2/3/08 review: "Evolution is a tricky subject. There are few topics like it—everyone has an iron opinion
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
"Theistic evolutionists" get attacked from both sides. From "creationists" they are attacked for compromising with the theory of evolution. And from their atheist colleagues they are attacked for joining the religious in believing in God. Kenneth Miller spends this book articulating why he believes in both God and evolution.

The first half of the book focuses on the theory of evolution - it is true, best explaining all the evidence and showing how life originated. He attacks young earth creationi
John Wiswell
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science readers, spiritual readers, people who don't understand evolution
First and foremost, Ken Miller is an excellent science writer, expressing things plainly and concisely in a wholly accessible manner that other science writers should study. This is essential in dealing with things like irreducible complexity, which most people haven't even heard of, let alone understand. As an evolutionary scientist and Christian, he represents a sorely misunderstood middleground between Christian creationists and atheist Darwinists. His arguments against traditional intelligen ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the rare book that attempts to bridge the divide between fundamentalist Christians and atheist evolutionary biologists. Miller has tendrils iin both camps, being a Brown University biologist (and author of the the textbook at issue in the Dover Evolution Trial) and a committed Roman Catholic. In the first half of the book Miller ably displays the flaws in Intelligent Design while sympathetically attempting to understand what might drive people to embrace it. In the second half he attacks ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Overall I thought this book was pretty interesting, and I was amused by how easily and thoroughly Miller dispatches all the intelligent design arguments. I wanted a little more from the last part of the book, in which Miller explains the compatibility of religion and science, and how science actually makes his faith stronger. I suppose what I really want is a conversation with him, so I can ask all the questions his book raised for me but didn't answer adequately.
David Quinn
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

The first half of the book is a strong defense of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Here, Miller speaks as the cell biologist he is and approaches the subject with authority against various anti-evolution beliefs. I didn't need to be won over, so I might not be very objective, but I found his arguments extremely persuasive. The first half was a little too science heavy for my liking but I suppose it was necessary to lay the groundwork to support the theory of evolution
Laura (Book Scrounger)
While I may not agree with all of his views, I found Kenneth Miller's take on the science/religion dichotomy very interesting, and fairly thorough in his scientific explanations without being over my head (for the most part).

This book doesn't delve much into his experiences with his own personal faith, as most of his references to religion are fairly ecumenical. But this seemed fitting considering he was trying to take a rather "big picture" view.

I think the strongest part of the book for me wa
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own-ed
The author, a scientist and a Christian, does an excellent job of explaining one way (his own) that there need not be any direct conflict between science and religion.
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essaysjournalism, god
Published in 2007, Ken Miller's Finding Darwin's God is probably the most up to date thinking on the creation-evolution debate. I was terribly excited to find it -- it posed the exact question I'd asked: does belief in evolution really threaten belief in God?

He runs through quickly and successfully demolishes -- in my opinion -- the arguments for Young Earth Creationism and for intelligent design. He also successfully summarises the variants of materialist atheism -- Dawkins, Dennett, Gould, etc
Evan Minton
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Kenneth Miller does a mirror of what Aaron Yilmaz in his book "Deliver Us From Evolution". Yilmaz addresses theology first, and then the science. I think Miller is addressing the science first and then the geology. Like Yilmaz, the case he makes for common ancestry/macro evolution/descent with modification, whatever you want to call it. Is just as overwhelming as Yilmaz' case that convinced me to be an Evolutionary Creationist a year ago.

Miller's case for Theistic Evolution (or Evolutionary Cre
Jul 25, 2011 added it
I have read many wonderful books on evolution and this is, by far, the poorest of the lot, for a multitude of reasons: 1) He does not explain evolution itself well. He takes shortcuts in explanations and doesn't expound on many concepts properly. He does not take the time, as it were, to ask his audience if they understand what he's saying. 2) He never does accomplish the aim of his book. He finds no common ground to speak of. The bridge he attempts to build never even gets off the ground. 3) He ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology, science
I enjoyed this book most at the beginning and decreasingly as it went on, despite the fact that many of Miller's views seem more or less right to me. It was helpful to see the clarity of the physical evidence for the great age of the solar system, particularly the chart of radioactive nuclides on pp. 70-71. (If this doesn't mean anything to you, no worries. Miller explains it clearly.) It was also helpful to know that Phillip Johnson is a lawyer, not a biologist, and that some of Michael Behe's ...more
May 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: god fearing science lovers;)
Recommended to Ashley by: Joey Merback
This book is not my usual genre so I was surprised to find the continued interest I had in completing it. In a community of logic based, rabid atheists (the intellectual scientist community), Kenneth Miller has managed to keep his faith and actually feels his study of Biology shows proof that God does indeed exist. The first half of the book is an amazing commentary, understandable to anyone with a High School knowledge of the sciences, on evolution, earth dating methods and components of matter ...more
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty impressed with this book. It was well written and I think he made his point very clear. I appreciate that this scientist is so willing to share his views on both science and religion and I love how he explains how science has strengthened his faith because that's how I feel also. For those of you who wonder how a person can believe in God and science and if evolution is trying to replace God, this one is great for you.
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
I believe he did not provide much evidence of how evolution and 'orthodox christianity' as he calls it can be merged. He clearly states that he believes in both evolution and the trinity. There isn't too much out there on this subject and I would be interested in reading something like this written by somebody else.
Alisse Metge
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a fun book to read-- lots to think about. I may not agree with every one of Miller's opinions, but he eloquently presents some very intriguing ideas and very often nails the truth right on the head. I admire Miller as a scientist, a Christian, a writer, and a person honest and bold enough to say what needs to be said.
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Another book that with style and grace and reason, addresses the issues between the theory of evolution and Christian faith. Well done, without insulting either side.
John David
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Kenneth Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, has made a name for himself in communities that are deeply concerned with the intersection of religion and science, both on the atheist/skeptical side and the religious side. He successfully manages to irritate both camps because he says that supporting evolution and deistic belief are not necessarily contradictory. (Miller is a Catholic.) This shouldn’t be too controversial of a statement for someone who has thought about the issue for ...more
Adam Marischuk
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science, debate
Kenneth Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and a leading public figure in the relationship between science and faith, especially in public policy such as high school education.

I approached Finding Darwin's God with the hope that Professor Miller would spend the builk of the book arguing for a relationship between science and religion; however, the first half of the book is really more of a justification of science. Though Miller does an admirable job proving biological evolution
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I first read this book when it came out in 1999 and thought it quite good then. A recent facebook conversation with a "creationist" led me to reread it to see how well it holds up. In the intervening years I haven't really kept up to speed with the Evolution/Creationism debates, but I think Miller's book is still quite good.

The first part of the book deals with the various shades of creationism from "young-earth" on to more nuanced forms of "intelligent design" which claim that the so-called "ir
Fabio Brady
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
For me, this book has two main parts. Part One: the most severe dismantling of Intelligent Design and anti-evolution arguments. Part Two: "Finding Darwin's God".

In Part One, the author brings together compelling evidence to present the best case I have ever read in favour of evolution and an "Old Earth" to this date. Along the way, the reader is educated on topics such as natural selection and paleontology. Truly a 5 star and very readable part of the book. I recommend this part of the book to e
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a good book overall, dispelling the myths that creationists have about evolution in a scientific way. Such as explaining why the earth is 4.5 billion years old, not couple of thousands only (like what's written in the bible).
- The book did not have the intellectual weight that I was looking for, in terms of reconciling evolution with the belief in god. The only solid argument that the author made was about quantum physics and its implication. The indeterminacy that exist in the building b
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"None of anyone's immediate ancestor's died in childhood. If they had, they wouldn't be you're ancestors!" Author, p. 14, using Richard Dawkins' idea.

"I also do not believe that Darwin's wide influence comes from his patient and groundbreaking observations on orchids or barnacles. Rather, it comes from one simple fact. Evolution displaced the Creator from HIs central position as the primary explanation for every aspect of the living world." Author, p. 14

"It may seem remarkable that the gas of pa
Holly MacGill
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While it may be a little scientifically dense for those not trained in a scientific discipline at first, Miller does a great job of making the information accessible. I read the first 5 chapters in my senior Evolution class in college and meant to finish it ever since. Finally did! And it was so worthwhile. Miller does a great job of not being an apologist for either science nor religion. Instead, he explains how compatible they are. Wonderful book to a believer and nonbelievers alike.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good resource for the faithful. The theological arguments towards the end of the book require more Catholic dogma than a non-believer might be comfortable stomaching. All in all, however, this book does a better job of reconciling what is known in modern science with the teaching of religious institutions.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has too much science for me personally. I read this for a class called Science and Religion: Enemies or Partners so it did a good job covering that content but it was not super enjoyable to read lol
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