The Lie: Evolution, 25th Anniversary Edition
<i>The Lie</i> by Ken Ham is a book with the subtitle on the cover: THE LIE: Evolution/Millions of Years. Now, I'm not going to review the entire creation vs evolution debate. I personally believe in Biblical truth and creationism, so my theology is similar to this book's author. I WILL say that the book has good information in it for someone wanting to learn more about creationism and Biblical truth, as well as lots of supports and examples about creationism. Unfortunately I did find this book to be rather dry -- and I felt like I was reading through a series of essays, rather than one flowing thought. I had to make myself read it--but I'm not sure the author was looking for readability so much as for getting out his information. So -- it'd be worth it for you to read, but maybe not an easy/enjoyable read.
The content isn't just limited to the origins debate, but also touches on different topics which are affected by what you believe as origins/truth. Topics such as people groups, marriage, morality, etc.
I'd recommend this book because of the subject matter, though it is a bit tiresome to read through in entirety. Maybe just reading a chapter a week or every few days would've been easier. It's a book we'll probably keep and use again in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
February 6, 2013
Comprehensive look at an important issue!
Ken Ham wrote The Lie to help Christians understand the Creation/Evolution issue. With evolution being the only option taught in most schools, Christian students are finding it difficult to reconcile their education with their faith. The majority of those students dismiss the Biblical account of creation as false, thereby undermining the very first book of the Bible, and its subsequent authority in their lives. Is it any wonder that by the time they graduate from college, most have walked away from their faith and Christian upbringing completely?
The Lie takes a very comprehensive look at the Creation vs. Evolution discussion, argument-by-argument. Ken Ham points out the fallacies in the evolution arguments and helps validate the Biblical account of creation with both logic and science. This is not an easy book to read. While his explanations are expressed well and are not difficult to understand, it is still a heavy topic. It is written at an adult level -- for upper-level high school students, college students, and adults. This isn't something you can just hand to a junior high student or most high school students. Even if you have older students reading it, expect to be available for many in-depth conversations as they process the information. As a busy Mom, I've found it difficult to find time to read this book with the concentration it requires. It's been a slow process of reading it in bits of pieces in quiet moments. Of course, being pregnant doesn't help me focus on the book.
With all that said, I do believe this is a very important book for every Christian to read. With all the cultural attacks on the Bible and its teachings, Christians should carefully consider this particular issue and its effects on their view of the Bible's reliability and authority.
This book was provided to me free, in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.
January 29, 2013
Observational Science & Historical Science defined
25 years later, this book still rings true and is even more important to read today as evolution and millions of years is taught as "fact". Over the last several decades, schools and society in general have been steering people to look within themselves for some type of enlightenment. Accepting that there truly is a God who is Creator of all means accepting individual responsibility for our sinful lives. It would mean acknowledging that God really did set beneficial rules in the beginning. Our choice to not obey and follow His guidelines means eternal separation from the most High Lord of all life. Ken Ham brings lies we are told to light and stresses the additional concerns we should have over Christians buying into these lies.
While I didn't read the original The Lie book, it seems that one of the most important additions to this book is found in addressing Christians who are compromising the Truth; those trying to make evolution fit into the Scriptures. There is no possible way for evolution and Biblical Creation to mesh. The most pointed fact is found on the 6th day of creation, when God created man in His own image (not in the image of an ape or pond scum). There was no death before sin, thus no death before Adam disobeyed God. Trying to fit millions of years into 6 days just doesn't work because there was no sin/death before Adam and Eve's devastating choice. In addition, God ended each day commenting that His creation was "good", culminating in it was "very good." God would never call sin or any of it's horrific after-affects good; thus there was no sin/no death/no millions of years.
Differentiating between OBSERVABLE science and HISTORICAL science is something that is left severely understated (or missing completely) in many circles (Christian and secular). How many times have I heard or read the argument that someone is "all about science" so to them that is the end-all to the Creation vs evolution debate! Just being able to give someone the definition of what observable and historical science mean is a huge first step to understanding how "science" itself is defined and how it relates to the past. I love that this is explained and expanded on in this book. It's something we need to not only know for ourselves but is of utmost importance to teach this differentiation to our children so they understand and will know how to defend the Bible/Biblical Creation against attacks to God's truths.
One quote that stood out is, "The public has genuinely been misled into thinking that evolution is only scientific and belief in God is only religious." (pg 72/73) Ken Ham explains this in much more detail than I could. Even secular museums displaying fossils, plants, and animal specimens are merely displaying evidences that they are interpreting based on "evolutionary beliefs"; a hypothesis of what could have happened. The same fossils, plants, and animal specimens could be on display in a Creation museum with interpretations based on the Biblical details of Creation, the sinful fall of mankind and and resulting corruption of everything in this world, the worldwide flood of Noah's day (with resulting upheavals/carving-out of the global surface and laying down of massive amounts of rocks layers/fossil-creation), etc. Interpretation is all relative to the glasses you are looking through. No one is here now to tell us all about the beginning of creation/time itself, but God was there and as Creator He has left us with THE record of the history of the world.
This is an excellent book to begin with or to read in addition to other Biblical-creation based books. Expand your knowledge on the subject and don't be the one to shrug your shoulders or walk away the next time someone throws the "well, I just believe in science" card on the table. Evolution and millions of years isn't observable, testable science. It's a theory that has no proof; just many voices that try to fit pieces together in an effort to push the one true God they don't want to acknowledge out of the picture. If you look at the same 'evidences' through the light of what God tells us happened in the last 6,000 years, there is ample proof (using the same 'evidences') that what God said happened did happen.
Psalm 11:3 "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Our battle today isn't just evolution/millions of years versus Creation. The Christians who are trying to fit evolution into the Bible are ultimately destroying the foundations of God's Word. His Word is infallible. What He says is truth and when you mess with God's Word you are causing people to question that anything in the Bible is true. Don't be the one to corrupt His Word with lies or you could be the one to lead others on a wide path away from the God who created and loves them.
January 19, 2013
BOOK HELPS ONE UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH
AS A PARENT WE HAD TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE TRUTH CONTAINED IN GOD'S WORD. WHEN YOU HAVE THE CORRECT STARTING POINT, CREATION ABOUT 6,050 YEARS AGO AND A GLOBAL FLOOD CIRCA 4,100 YEARS AGO EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE. THIS BOOK IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND WE WANTED EACH ONE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO HAVE A COPY
January 8, 2013