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Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: "40 Questions About Creation And Evolution"



40 Questions About Creation and Evolution, by Kenneth D. Keathley and Mark F. Rooker is one volume in a new series of “40 Questions” book edited by Benjamin L. Merkle.  If the other volumes of the series are as well-written and researched as this one, I will buy them all.

Keathley and Rooker advise the readers that they are an “old-earth creationist” and a “young-earth creationist,” respectively and admit that there may be times when their preferred view creeps into the examination of the issue (23).

The first four questions concern why the discussion of creation is important – what affect a view of beginnings effects reading the rest of the Bible and interacting with life cosmically.

Questions 5 through 10 look at the relationship of the text in context – what does it say God did?  How does Genesis 1 and 2 relate, if at all?  This set the textual stage for the rest of the book.

Questions 11 through 16 look at six different Christian – or “creation-affirming” – ways that the word “day” can be understood.  I did not know all of the views and found it interesting to consider how they come to their conclusions, especially as the consideration of how the initial readers would have understood the word “day” is a major issue in understanding the whole Creation account, as I understand it.

Questions 17 through 22 look at the variety of theological and geological arguments for the age of the earth.  This section has moved me to a more agnostic view of the issue – that is, “I don’t know.”

Questions 23 through 31 consider what the “Image of God” means, whether Adam and Eve were real people – and if it matters, issues of the Fall and death, and stories of the Flood and its extent.

Questions 32 through 40 look at what evolution and Darwinism teach – they are not the same!, how a Christian might hold to evolution, and what Intelligent Design is.

I am very impressed with this book both in the way it examines a wide varieties of views on the subject, being as fair and complete as one possibly can, and with its examination of all the major topics in the discussion.

This book will be extremely helpful to people thinking through the issue and for leading discussion groups on the subject.  Hopefully, it will also lead to a tolerance among Christians about the things that we cannot know for certain and lead Christians to examine the texts very carefully and in the light of the rest of the Scripture to see what must be accepted as true.

I hope the forthcoming books in this series are as well-written and thought-provoking!

  [I received this book free from Kregel in exchange for an honest review.  This review appears on my blog and on Amazon.com.]  #40Questionsaboutcreationandevolution

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