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review 40 uestions about Creation and Evolution 103 ´ [BOOKS] ⚣ 40 uestions about Creation and Evolution By Kenneth D. Keathley – Biblically and scientifically informed answers to pressing uestions about the creation evolution debateThis accessible volume evenly addresses the issues of modern science and the Contemporary scientific views of the universe and also carefully exegete the biblical texts that pertain to creation 40 uestions Kindle They irenically consider the various angles of the debate and make constructive suggestions to reconcile science and the BibleThose who are cur. Book Blitz gets deeply theologicalWhen it comes to the debate about the origin of humanity or the origin of the universe one has two basic options You can start with a belief in a supernatural possible origin or you can start without one If you start with a belief that there is no possible supernatural origin then that’s where your search ends The universe is what it is it happened how it happened and we’re done hereIf you start with a belief in the possibility of the supernatural then you have further ideas to examine For example one must determine which supernatural accounting should be considered One must determine how the supernatural interacts with the scientifically observed and tested These are the uestions that feed into Kregel Academic’s 40 uestions about Creation and EvolutionThe first observation on this work is that the authors are theology and Old Testament professors This demonstrates that the work is aimed at answering uestions based in the Bible account of the origin of the universe and humanity I think the work would benefit from adding an author whose expertise is science but the authors have well researched and cited scientific issues where appropriateThe second observation is that this is not really a book about science at all It is appropriately considered a book about whether or not the Biblical account can be interpreted in various ways Is the “day age” theory tenable based on the text What of “intelligent design” How much is “Darwinism” science and how much is it religiousphilosophical These are the uestions treated hereThe third observation is that in the times where this book treats with science it does attempt to present even handed evidences For example geological examples are presented that defy easy explanation in the typical young earth viewpoint as well as those that support that viewpoint Overall the science conclusion appears to come back to an undecided viewpoint The authors promote the idea that science cannot give a fully conclusive answer and that one must find it in examining the Biblical accountWhere does this fit into the typical reading program It’s a pretty serious read 400 pages of theology Biblical Studies and science Fortunately it does include footnotes but overall you’re not going to read this for fun on the weekends Unless your nerd level is as high as mine However for those trying to wrestle with how Christian Scripture and the origin of the world work together this is worth your time It’s also worth it for anyone preparing an in depth study on Genesis 1 and 2Free book in exchange for the review

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Biblically and scientifically informed answers about Creation PDFEPUB #235 to pressing uestions about the creation evolution debateThis accessible volume evenly addresses the issues of modern science and the scriptural texts The conservative evangelical authors are well informed on. The full version of this significantly abridged review may be found on the Pious Eye site reviewer’s blogIn 40 uestions about Creation and Evolution hereafter 40s a fairly comprehensive survey of debated uestions related to creation and evolution particularly as those uestions are addressed by evangelicals authors Keathley and Rooker hereafter KR survey and assess extant opinions in a manner that attempts successfully in some chapters than others to be fair rather than polemical KR’s efforts at fairness notwithstanding reading the whole 40s does give one a clear impression of what views KR preferIf the impression one gets is correct KR’s judgment is that at present the most natural reading of Scripture is still biblical creationism BC This is the terminology I and others advocate because it places proper emphasis on what motivates BC humble childlike submission Matthew 183 etc to the plain or natural sense of Scripture even when considering historical and scientific uestions KR in agreement with dominant usage call this young earth creationism In this review I will use the terminology I advocate The only biblical difficulty they agree exists for this reading ie the only one not easily resolved is the great deal of activity that seems to have taken place on the sixth day of the creation week Most alternative readings of the Genesis creation account show themselves in the chapters “uestions” that discuss them to be fraught with significant biblical difficulties than BC’s too much stuff on day six issue Though KR commend the Bible centered of these alternatives Scripture itself prevents them from claiming that any non BC position fits Scripture so naturally and well as BC Notably however a metaphor for literal but ineffable pre Fall reality theory is not criticized but only presented as a “mediating” view open to persons who are persuaded that the Genesis creation days must given biblical wording and context be understood as normal length days 164 What exactly does a metaphor communicate if the literal reality it is alleged to describe is wholly beyond verbal description Also notably KR like such past opponents of BC as Gleason Archer do sometimes call the BC reading “cursory” or such I believe Archer said “superficial” even though their own chapters studying the various approaches show that BC has strong biblical justification on close not just “cursory” reading Since this is not a “Genesis debate” book and since chapters are not specifically assigned to one author or the other this inconsistency of tone is troubling Readers are informed early on 23 that each author “leans to” a different position but nowhere is it suggested that either author disagrees with what they have chosen jointly to assert in their 40s collaborationWhile KR generally “cursory reading” inconsistency aside seem willing to grant the Scripture alone case to BC they also believe that scientific support for BC is scarce to nonexistent they think that BC is and one gets the impression should embrace being a fideistic position that is simply untestable because it relies on miracles like the global Flood and an initially mature creation Old Earth Creationism OEC on the other hand has they believe very strong scientific support even if various systems offered to go with OEC don’t seem true on biblical grounds alone Evolutionary Creationism EC while it can claim the support of most of the scientific data that KR believe supports OEC has considerably weaker biblical justification than non evolutionary OEC In fact KR seem to think that progressive creationism God created intermittently over long periods with limited “evolutionary” development of creatures occurring during times when God wasn’t creating fits better with the scientific data than does full on evolutionism whether that of EC or Darwinism the latter of which KR judge an ideology unsustainable on either scientific or philosophical grounds On related matters 1 though they admit BC’s belief in a global Flood has good biblical support they consider the local Flood theory rational and acceptable on biblical grounds and they are unpersuaded by the scientific geological case for the global Flood; 2 they endorse the idea that the Genesis genealogies contain gaps of unknown duration ruling out strict chronology based on those genealogiesClearly a good deal of research and thought has gone into 40s As a result it does contain much useful information Its identification by name of advocates of various viewpoints and its references to key texts and articles promoting those viewpoints are two examples that may alone make the book a worthwhile purchase for some readers and for libraries Researchers will find the lack of a subject and person indexes annoying I think These indexes are lacking in my complimentary review copy at least Nevertheless persons desiring a comprehensive survey of currently debated issues might decide that 40s serves their purposes nicely I can only give the book a mildly positive rating three stars on the standard five star scale however because 1 a fundamental aspect of its overall approach is deeply flawed; and 2 its treatment of BC and of the Bible believing presuppositionalism BBP that often goes with it is unsatisfactory as to BBP and BC generally and in failing to address a longstanding BC concern with terminology My rating is also based upon other shortcomings in the book that do not appear in this abridged review See the full review for detailsThe deeply flawed fundamental aspect of 40s is KR’s attempt to frame the differences between advocates of BC OEC and EC as disagreements over “apologetic approach” only These three viewpoints which all adopt very different approaches to God’s infallible written Word are included in a list of “apologetic approaches” along with Intelligent Design ID which takes no position at all on God’s Word nor on whether nature’s designing intelligence is the God of the Bible Disagreements about how God created or about what Scripture means when it touches on the subject KR maintain are disagreements about “apologetic approach” apologetic strategy only If it is a variety of “creationism” it is apologetic approach not doctrine Only the uestion of whether God created is a matter of doctrine “the doctrine of creation”; everything else is just strategy “approach” To be precise the “doctrine of creation” as KR describe it includes the following propositions God created the world out of nothing; only God is eternal meaning creation began in and includes time; God is distinct from creation; God did not create out of necessity; God did not have to create this particular world but chose of his own free will to do so; God created a world that is consistent with his nature and character; God is sovereign over the world; God continues to be actively involved with the world being not only its Creator but its SustainerEven on the expanded “to be precise” description of “the doctrine of creation” however the idea that “everything else is just strategy” is neither persuasive nor plausible Everything that Scripture teaches all that is directly stated or “by good and necessary conseuence” may be inferred therefrom is doctrine When people disagree about wh

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40 uestions about Creation and EvolutionIous about the origins of life and the universe will want to read this book Seminary students and serious college students will find this information critical as an understanding of creation uestions about Creation ePUB #8608 is vital to an effective apologetic in sharing the faith. The 40 uestions are about the doctrine of creation Genesis 1 2 the days of creation the age of the earth the Fall and the flood and evolution and intelligent design For each of them the authors present the case for and against each position followed by a conclusion Regarding the days of creation they devote a chapter each to the pros and cons of the Gap Theory the Day Age Theory the Framework Theory the Temple Inauguration Theory John Sailhamer’s Historical Creation Theory and the Twenty Four Hour Theory They then conclude by proposing a mediating position suggesting that the word “day” not be understood in its normal way that the six days of creation are not the same as human days an approach that others have called the Analogical Day TheoryIn their discussion of the age of the earth they pretty much refute all of the Young Earth Creationist lines of evidence and have good brief discussions of the numerous scientific evidences that the earth is oldTheir chapter on the geological evidence of the extent of Noah’s flood is a particularly good read The two sides are represented by Davis Young and Ralph Stearley’s book “The Bible Rocks and Time” local flood and Andrew Snelling’s “ “Earth’s Catastrophic Past” global flood They suggest that reading these two books side by side “is a surreal experience that can give a person cognitive whiplash” p 295In their discussion of Darwinism they pretty much fail to distinguish between the scientific Darwinism Darwinism as a belief system and biological evolution but their discussion of five current objections to Darwinism is very well doneDespite its occasional shortcomings I thought that the book was a surprisingly well balanced discussion of the issues considering that both authors are professors at Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryRegardless of whether one agrees with the authors’ viewpoints old earth and local flood likely historical Adam and Fall necessary Darwinian evolution is an incomplete explanation this book is worth reading for the wide scope of issues and views summarized and referenced