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July 18, 2010
The emphasis on embracing the term "Intelligent Design" is crucial for Christians. The first verse of the Bible reads "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.", therefore anyone who is a christian should embrace Intelligent Design regardless of what the specifics are if he or she agrees with Genesis 1:1.<br /><br />I know that evolution has occurred, as do Young Earth Creationists, and the presentation of a case that evolution by natural selection is the gospel truth of creation science always draws my suspicions to the forefront. It's not that the case is not good, it is. It is because either God created the heavens and the earth or not, and any believer should be quick and proud to to make that stand.
This is an amazingly helpful book! The first 8 chapters tease out the title with scientific and theological competence. Of course God is creator, but does the Bible teach that throughout, and notably in the psalms, or preeminently in a quasi-scientific way in a few verses of Genesis, which then have to be read in a totally different way to most OT language describing God and his purposes?Three chapters on biological evolution are clear, up to date and succinct. They show well how genetic insights of recent decades reinforce the geological fossil record and clarifys how God undertook his creation, at least the last couple of billion years of it. His chapter on Objections to Evolution is thorough, charitable, and very helpful for anyone caught up in some of the silly controversy. The chapter on interpreting Genesis, notably the two different creation accounts, is clear and helpful.The chapter Evolutionary Creationism ties things together and gives a helpful view of Darwin. As he observes, "the process of ideological transformation of Darwinian evolution is certainly not over yet", thanks to Dawkins et al. Certainly the chapter title is more apt than 'theistic evolution' which puts the cart before the horse.Then the author gets into more speculative territory regarding Adam and Eve and the fall, leading on to evil, and some of the hard questions involved in relating God's revelation in scripture to the natural world. There is no easy way through or around these question, but Dr Alexander covers them in the most helpful way I have seen, humbly and without dogmatism.Then 2 chapters on so-called Intelligent Design show the problem of basing our understanding of God's work on what we dont understand from science rather than on what we do. Finally something on the still partial scientific understanding the origin of life, creation of carbon, etc.Any Christian interested in science will find this an immensely encouraging, stimulating and edifying book.
I actually believe books like these do an excellent job at presenting both sides of the spectrum and what would seem most logical to me is being able to pick up a book like this and leave everything you know think you know on the table (except of course a few biological principles that would be required to get you along through the material!).I wouldn't criticize the scientific content. It blatant that if you're reading a technical book thet discusses issues relavent to biology it is an absolute necessity to develop an introduction to the machinery required to understand the background behind how scientific principles work. I urge you and others and listen to the arguments and truly make an honest attempt to understand the evolution and not through down an appeal to a poor authoritative figure, such as Kent Hovind, who offers very questionable claims about the nature of biology, geology, astrophysics, and physics in general. Such a book is designed to question your deepest intuition and to provoke thought. Use that food for your mind and try to look further than you have before. You've taken the first step outside the box of security in reading a book about evolution and creationism. Take another step further and either enroll yourself in a course or purchase a textbook! Good luck!
Years ago I discovered Evolution and Creation are not compatible, in part by a comment from my Paleontology instructor at the University of Oklahoma. When I questioned the time for a particular isotope, the instructor replied, "creationism is down the hall, third door on your left (men's room!)." Thankfully the Lord introduced me to Creationism through the ministries of Institute for Creation Research and Kent Hovind. This book struggles to compromise the two belief systems, effectually "riding the fence." Questions are asked ("did man come from apes") but the answer is lost in a conflagration of "genomes" and DNA sequences that the average reader cannot comprehend...eventually missing his own answer. I truly pray that this author is not one of those who "...are ever learning but not able to come to the truth..." and those of whom "...say Lord, Lord..." but do not enter the kingdom of heaven. I wish someone had given me the book instead of making money off of me!