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READ & DOWNLOAD µ 40 uestions about Creation and Evolution ☆ [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 oIous 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. My church studied the book of Genesis last year Knowing the controversies involved in the book of Genesis I armed myself with books that I would read to keep myself updated with the issues raised in Genesis But if I only have one book to recommend about the issue of creation I would certainly recommend this bookEver since Darwin evolution and creation has been debating about how man and the world has come about And since then Genesis 1 and 2 has been re interpreted several times over Crucially the uestions about creation lies in the way we understand Genesis 1 2 While I appreciate the amount of scholarship done in this area I must say the scope of it has been rather staggering There are at least 6 views to the days of creations 3 views to the age of the earth 2 views on Noah’s flood For one to be able to be thoroughly acuainted with all the nuances would mean one would have literally read through stacks of books But now this pertinent issue can be resolved by reading this book Within this book authors Mark F Rooker and Kenneth K Keathley presents all views as fairly as they can and examine each of them against what the bible has to say They raised the strengths and weaknesses of each view Given the complexity of this topic both authors also urge readers not to make uick judgement or be too dogmatic about their views While this book will not be a walk in the park I have found this book to be very edifying in helping me understanding the different views and issues within Genesis 1 and 2 For another who intends to dive into the issue of creation vs evolution the age of the earth the days of creations or just wants to be familiar with the arguments within the book of Genesis I would recommend them to turn to this book first This will be an excellent introduction for anyone working on these topicsRating 475 5Disclaimer I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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40 uestions about Creation and EvolutionBiblically 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. Of the many contemporary debates pushing and pulling on the Church today the Creation and Evolution debate is perhaps the most alarming The New Atheists like Richard Dawkins try to lump any Bible believer in with the crackpots and loonies while some of the most high profile creationists spare no punches as they condemn the vast majority of Evangelicalism for any of a number of compromises on this uestion For folks in the pew the situation is tense Science continues to raise large uestions and the Church often seems to provide few answers Many of our youth are pressured to abandon the faith as they encounter new arguments against creation With at least four major views in Evangelicalism there is not a strong unified position to lean upon Most books on the topic defend their particular view and often take aim directly on other sectors of Christianity These books do to perpetuate the polarized nature of the debate than provide a clear way forward And meanwhile it seems that the scientific consensus only continues to become an even larger stumbling block to Christian faithIn this context a variety of new attempts to integrate science and faith have been proposed Yet for conservative Christians this only raises new uestions How far is too far What are the limits of integrating faith and science How important is the age of the earth Are all forms of evolution out of bounds for Christians What about the Flood – must it be universal Could animal death have preceded the Fall What are we to think about Adam and EveThese uestions and are addressed in an important new book from Kenneth Keathley and Mark Rooker professors at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 40 uestions About Creation and Evolution Kregel 2015 charts a course through the debate raising the right uestions and providing many answers A big burden behind this book is just to survey the positions that are being adopted by Evangelical leaders today The authors carefully lay out the evidence good and bad for each of these positions Keathley approaches the matter from a young earth creationist YEC perspective and Rooker adopts an old earth OEC view but each author takes pains to speak charitably of the other positions and honestly about the difficulties of his own view Their irenic candor and careful grappling with the major positions makes this book a joy to readOverviewEach chapter functions as a stand alone treatment of a particular uestion These uestions are loosely arranged by topic The first two parts focus on the doctrine of Creation in general and its role in Scripture and then in particular about the exegetical details in Gen 1 2 Following this is a section on the Days of Creation Here the following positions are examined The Gap theory The Day Age theory The Framework theory The Temple Inauguration theory The Historical Creationism theory or Promised Land theory The Twenty Four Hour theoryFollowing this is a section on the age of the Earth Here the genealogies and the arguments for and against an old earth are examined In addition the uestion of distant starlight gets special treatment Included here is an examination of the mature creation argument The next section focuses on the Fall and the Flood The image of God and the idea of Original Sin are fleshed out here The final section focuses on evolution and intelligent design A history of Darwinism is provided along with its key supporting arguments Challenges to evolution are also presented often from atheistic scientists who still hold to common descent The uestion of theistic evolution is also addressed Finally discussion of the “fine tuning argument” highlights the special place our Earth holds in the universeHighlightsThis book is over 400 pages long so I only have time to point out some highlightsCareful Analysis of the Debate I was struck by the careful analysis of why Evangelicals disagree so much on this issue Concordism and non concordism are addressed and so is the matter of presuppositions The authors stress that old earth creationists OEC share many of the same presuppositions as young earth creationists YEC they do not share the view that a YEC interpretation of Gen 1 11 is the “only interpretation available to the Bible believing Christian” p 20 YEC adherents really do often hold this as a presupposition and so their position is basically fideism “if one’s presuppositions are unassailable then his approach has shifted from presuppositionalism to fideism” p 21 OEC proponents allow room for empiricism which “allows experience and evidence to have a significant role in the formation of one’s position” p 21 This philosophical difference lies beneath the OEC vs YEC debate and recognizing this can help in understanding the mindset of each alternate viewHelpful Discussion of Each Major View The discussions of each view are extremely helpful Careful arguments are presented for each view and then answered The authors show how most scholars have good reasons to reject the Gap theory today but they point out the fascinating history of this position which dates back to the seventeenth century By the mid twentieth century Bernhard Ramm could say that the gap theory was “the standard interpretation throughout Fundamentalism” p 112 The Day Age theory is dismissed as treating “Genesis 1 as though its purpose is to provide a detailed scientifically verifiable model of cosmic origins” which hardly seems in keeping with “its ancient context” p 126 The Framework theory doesn’t have “a single theological truth” dependent on its uniue reading of the text p 134 The authors have an uneasy assessment of the Temple Inauguration theory They seem to revel in the connections between Eden and the Temple but think Walton’s particular view says too much without enough explicit textual warrant I note the odd argument that it makes “ biblical sense” that the Israelites believed “God lived in heaven both before and after the creation week” p 145 This prevents us from seeing creation as God’s need for a physical habitat to rest in But didn’t God create heaven in the creation week The authors seem intrigued by John Sailhamer’s Historical Creation theory They raise objections but imagine others finding satisfactory answers to them The Twenty Four Hour theory certainly is clearly defended but strong objections are also raised A mediating view is also presented that may well be Rooker’s own view that the 24 hour days are to be seen as literally 24 hour days but used metaphorically in the text This whole section is worth the price of the book – the debate is laid out and dispassionately treated in a clear manner that provides directions for further study in a variety of directionsExcellent on the Age of the Earth I also appreciated the discussion of the age of the earth The authors point out that the young earthflood geology position has only recently become the predominant Evangelical view Prior to The Genesis Flood by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris 1961 there had been over a hundred years of Evangelical Christians who held to an old earth Some discussions of the history of the YEC position devolve into an all out mockery of the YEC position This book is honest about the history and the large role played by George McCready Price a Seventh Day Adventist and geologist but does not smear the YEC position with “guilt by association” The major arguments put forth in Whitcomb and Morris’ book continue to be widely repeated today but many of them have been forsaken by modern YEC proponents the water vapor canopy a “small universe” to allow for distant starlight the Fall causing the second law of thermodynamics entropy and even the human and dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River p 196 The scientific arguments for a young earth are actually uite tenuous On the flip side the scientific arguments for an old earth seem uite strong Having studied this issue in some depth previously I still found new arguments and considerations presented here The authors also uote YEC authors who are also honest about the weakness of the scientific evidence As an example John Morris Henry Morris’ son and successor has admitted “he knows of no scientist who has embraced a young earth on the basis of the empirical evidence alone” p 198 The Biblical case for a young earth in contrast is uite strong Even though the genealogies in Scripture are by no means air tight nor intended to be strictly chronological “we still have the impression that not an enormous amount of time has passed since the beginning of creation” p 176 The authors conclude on this matter “The conclusion must be that though a cursory reading of Scripture would seem to indicate a recent creation the preponderance of empirical evidence seems to indicate otherwise” p 224Conservative yet Open on the Effects of the Fall The book does draw hard and fast lines and one of them is the historicity of Adam and Eve This is ultimately a matter of “biblical authority” p 242 and it becomes a “litmus test” for Christians who would want to advocate some evolutionary position p 378 The uestion of the Fall and its impact is perhaps the most important uestion that divides the OEC and YEC views They see the Fall as the historical moment of Original Sin yet animal death before the Fall and the Fall’s impact on the natural creation are open to reconsideration The “notion of animal death existing prior to Adam’s fall does not appear to be theologically speaking an insurmountable problem” p 261 On the Fall’s impact on creation “YEC proponents seem to be dogmatic about a position which upon closer examination appears to be speculative than they have been willing to admit” p 269 270Critical of Evolution As an eager reader of the book I was challenged by this section perhaps the most The discussion on evolution will not encourage any simplistic acceptance of evolution The authors’ introduce many of the problems to the standard Darwinian model that have been raised of late Intelligent design is also carefully explained More space could be given to scientific responses to these new challenges perhaps but the section does a good job pointing out the uestions which still surround the mechanics of evolution As for Christians wanting to embrace some sort of evolutionary model not based on naturalistic Darwinian assumptions the authors present three essential points that must be maintained The uniueness of the human race to possess and reflect the divine image The unity of the human race The historicity of the original couple and their disobedience p 378AssessmentThis book will prove to be helpful for those who want to survey the state of this debate in Evangelicalism today The authors don’t sugarcoat the controversy and are at times painfully honest They bring a wealth of research together surveying the historical background to the controversy and marshal an impressive array of scientific arguments for and against each major position Some may not appreciate how certain positions are embraced tentatively Yet others will see this as a strength Some will fault the authors for going too far others will scoff at some of the attention drawn to what they consider obscure arguments for a young earth The book will challenge those pushing the envelope and vying for unflinching acceptance of evolution in all its forms It will also challenge those who pick and choose among the scientific studies – cherry picking anything that supports their YEC position and ignoring the rest Above all the book brings us back to the Bible and the text itself – what exactly does it affirm and how should that shape our consideration of these uestionsUltimately this book calls for greater unity and charity in this debate It is precisely here that this book is most needed YEC proponents too often come across as abrasive and their arguments seem to lack “tentativeness” or humility OEC apologists can easily get caught up in the intramural debate and continue the caustic harsh tone All of this is not only off putting but unhelpful This book presents an alternative and a possible step forward I trust it will make a contribution toward light and less heat on this perennially thorny issue I highly recommend itDisclaimerThis book was provided by Kregel Academic The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review