The following books I highly recommend reading if you are interested in exploring the relationship between science and religion, history and philosophy:
Mapping the Origins Debate, by Gerald Rau (2012) [neutral perspective]: I’m placing this book first on the list because I believe it is the first book anyone should read on the subject of origins, or science in general. Rau explores the six main origins models in science today and, from an unbiased and neutral perspective, exposes their underlying assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses. In my opinion, it is the first book anyone should read on the subject of origins because it’ll help you navigate the different perspectives.
1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible, by J. Stephen Lang (1999) [mostly neutral perspective, some Christian afterthoughts are given]: This book is basically Bible trivia but I was surprised at how enlightening it was. So many things in the Bible, or related to the Bible, we gloss over that are actually very interesting. There is a lot of history provided in this book.
Explore Evolution, by
Bio-Engagement; Making a Christian Difference through Bioethics Today, ed. by N. M. Cameron, S.E. Daniels, and B. J. White (2000) [Christian perspective]: This book is a collection of essays written by prominent leaders in fields related to bio-ethhics that are Christian. Together the contributors provide arguments to show the relevance and value of the Christian worldview, and how it should or should not be presented to others regarding hot topics such as abortion, sex education, euthanasia, media, etc.
The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross (1994) [OEC Perspective]: This book is by now somewhat dated as it comes to scientific evidence, but it is still very valuable on a number of fronts in arguing for evidence of Creation from astronomy, cosmology and physics. Many of the arguments are still very valid. I believe Ross has since released an updated edition, but I have not read it.
Dismantling the Big Bang, by Alex Williams and John Hartnett (2005) [YEC Perspective]: This book looks to disprove the Big Bang theory, however I believe that it is, at best, merely an intro into skepticism of the Big Bang theory. That is, it does not convincingly disprove the Big Bang theory, only provide a foundation for some skepticism of it. I found this book to have more value in philosophical perspectives on cosmology, taking difficult concepts in cosmology and explaining them in laymen terms, and providing some great history behind astronomy and cosmology.
Earth’s Catastrophic Past, by Andrew Snelling (2009) [YEC Perspective]: Very in depth and technical two volume set on geology from a YEC perspective. The first volume dismantles many theories about Noah’s Ark and the global flood that are logically inconsistent or contradict scripture. Then the book goes on to explore the current modern day synthesis of geology. The second volume then applies the modern synthesis of geology and flood geology to the evidence to provide a satisfactory model for flood geology.
The News Answers Book (1,2 & 3), ed. Ken Ham (2006-2010) [YEC Perspective]: A three book series that covers numerous Q&A topics that Christians generally ask about history, science, and the Bible. Each books contains sections written by some of leading voices in the creationist movement. These books are great starting point for understanding the creationist perspective.
Philosophy of Religion, An Introduction, by William L. Rowe, (2007) [Neutral Prospective]: This book is an excellent introduction to the biggest philosophical questions about God and theology. Covering topics like the problem of evil, miracles and proofs of God’s existence, this book introduces the reader to the various perspectives in philosophy.
Philosophy of Religion, An Anthology, by Louis Pojman and Michael Rea (2012) [Neutral Perspective]: If you want more than an introduction into the competing philosophical arguments about God and religion, this book provides essays and articles written by various philosophers on both sides of the table to give the reader an in depth understanding of each point of view.
Conspiracies of the Cross, by Timothy Paul Jones (2012) [Christian perspective]: This books is a great read for anyone struggling with the many conspiracies leveled against the Gospels. Whether it is the Davinci Code, errors made in copying scripture, or conspiracies of corrupt early church leaders, Jones does a marvelous job in pointing out the flaws in the conspiracies and will leave you more confident in the authenticity of scripture.
History and Archaeology:
Old Earth Creationism