Three Views on Creation and Evolution
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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
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Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
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For Christians, the issues raised by the different views on creation and evolution are challenging. Can a "young earth" be reconciled with a universe that appears to be billions of years old? Does scientific evidence point to a God who designed the universe and life in all its complexity? Three Views on Creation and Evolution deals with these and similar concerns as it looks at three dominant schools of Christian thought. Proponents of young earth creationism, old earth creationism, and theistic evolution each present their different views, tell why the controversy is important, and describe the interplay between their understandings of science and theology. Each view is critiqued by various scholars, and the entire discussion is summarized by Phillip E. Johnson and Richard H. Bube. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.J. P. Moreland is one of the leading evangelical thinkers of our day. He is distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and director of Eidos Christian Center. With degrees in philosophy, theology, and chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He has authored or coauthored many books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview; Christianity and the Nature of Science; Scaling the Secular City; Does God Exist?; The Lost Virtue of Happiness; and Body and Soul. He is coeditor of Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus. His work appears in publications such as Christianity Today, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The American Philosophical Quarterly. Dr. Moreland served with Campus Crusade for ten years, planted two Campus Crusade works, planted two churches, and has spoken on over 200 college campuses and in hu? John Mark Reynolds is director of Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Paul Nelson received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where his dissertation addressed the foundations of the theory of common descent. His publications include articles in Biology and Philosophy, Origins Research, and the volume Mere Creation (InterVarsity Press, 1998). Robert C. Newman is professor of New Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, and director of the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute there. He holds a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University and an STM in Old Testament from Biblical Theological Seminary. He has done additional graduate work in cosmic gas dynamics at the University of Wisconsin, in religious thought at the University of Pennsylvania, in hermeneutics and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, and in biblical geography at the Institute for Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College). He is an author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books and articles, and a contributor to various works including the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Howard J. Van Till is professor of physics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Brad1 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2002BradOne would expect this book to also be a balanced treatment of this issue, right? Guess again! It is a very unbalanced treatment, considering these two significant factors:First, the selection of Robert C Newman (Progressive Creation) and Howard J Van Till (Theistic Evolution) to present their respective views are not surprising. However, the selection of Paul Nelson and John Mark Reynolds to present the Literal Creation view is quite surprising, as they are not well known defenders of that position. Their chapter basically rambles on and on about "philosophy of science," and all but totally ignores the Biblical and scientific issues at hand. In all honesty, this is the poorest presentation of Literal Creation that I have ever read from anyone who holds to that position. As such, the cards are stacked against that perspective.Second, this book doesn't allow each perspective's proponents to respond to the others' comments (as other Counterpoints books do), but rather opts to allow four other individuals respond to each perspective. In and of itself, that wouldn't necessarily be bad. However, each of the four individuals chosen either holds to or leans toward the Progressive Creation perspective, which is yet another instance of the cards being stacked against Literal Creation (and also one against Theistic Evolution, for that matter).I would STRONGLY urge anyone reading this book to also read another resource that gives an accurate treatment of the Literal Creation perspective and deals with the Biblical and scientific issues at hand, written by leading proponents of that position. My highest recommendation would be "The Modern Creation Trilogy" by Henry M Morris and John D Morris (CBD stock number WW12167). Otherwise you're left with an incorrect analysis of the Literal Creation perspective.
Jon4 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2001JonThis book is a very fine and indicative introduction to the evolution debate within evangelical Christianity. However, two commonplace and inexplicable difficulties remain: Firstly, the theistic evolutionist's position (though ably done) is represented by only one contributor from among the many involved. Secondly, even though the other positions are represented by well-known spokespersons for their particular views, their credentials are so highly dubious that their "opinions" should appear highly suspect as well. In order for some sense of balance, one should also pick-up "Finding Darwin's God" by Kenneth Miller and/or "Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution" by Futiyama.
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