Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job: How the Oldest Book of the Bible Answers Today's Scientific Questions
Hidden Treasure In The Book of Job was quite the enjoyable and exciting book to read. It provides many challenges to the reader: both Believer and unbeliever. Dr. Hugh Ross provides much powerful, scriptural evidence for his specific position on how God created the universe, and much evidence from nature to demonstrate the symmetry between Scripture and what man has discovered in nature. Dr. Ross offers compelling reasons to take the book of Job and its content seriously in one's life. He shows how Job spoke to questions that people have asked for millennia and ones that people have only recently began to ask. He shows how Job recognized his own fallenness and need for a Savior. He offers how Job can be a great example for those who suffer, are searching for truth, or both.
This book is highly recommended for everyone to read. It is written on a lay level, yet the concepts will challenge even the most educated mind. For both supporters and skeptics (regardless of which kind) of Dr. Ross' creation model, it provides much scientific and scriptural evidence for his position. This book is a great addition to any scientific, theological, or philosophical collection.
August 1, 2013
finding scientific truth in the book of Job
Ross is a Christian astronomer who doesn't want to avoid issues of origins. He tackles them head on.
Ã¢ÂÂWhat is needed is a strategy of engagement,Ã¢ÂÂ he writes. Ã¢ÂÂChristians who take the Bible as a trustworthy revelation from God need to study science and engage with scientists at the highest academic and research levels.Ã¢ÂÂ (12) He encourages Christians to Ã¢ÂÂdemonstrate how a creation model provides a more productive stimulus for ongoing research than does naturalism.Ã¢ÂÂ (12)
In this book, Ross turns to Job, probably the oldest book in the Bible. Ã¢ÂÂJob helps us resolve nearly all the Genesis creation controversies,Ã¢ÂÂ he writes. (13)
That is a tall order and I am not sure he fulfills it.
Ross addresses several issues as he goes through Job and here are a few.
One of the most divisive issues among creationists is whether there was animal death prior to Adam and Eve's sin. Ross suggests there was carnivorous activity, based on Job, before Adam's sin.
Ross challenges naturalistic evolutionary models. He argues that soulish animals, with their innate capacities to serve and please humans, are of supernatural design rather than natural process. He defends the uniqueness of humans among animals, citing scientific studies.
Ross is an Ã¢ÂÂold earthÃ¢ÂÂ creationist. Of papers delivered in 2009 (Ã¢ÂÂyear of DarwinÃ¢ÂÂ), Ross notes, Ã¢ÂÂThey reported, for example, that the scientific case for a long history of life on Earth is now beyond doubt, and so is the historical record of life's progression from simple, small-bodied life-forms to more complex, larger-bodied life forms. How many people realize, however, that this scenario exactly parallels what the Bible teaches? The crucial difference Ã¢ÂÂ¦ The Bible credits God's creative involvement, not just natural processes, for the big changes scientists observe in the record of Earth's life.Ã¢ÂÂ (124)
As with prophecy, I am disturbed when the Bible is seen to reveal a concept, after that concept has happened (prophecy) or been discovered (science). I see Ross doing that. An example is dark matter. Ross looks at Job 38:19-20. Ã¢ÂÂGod treats darkness as if it is something that resides somewhere in the universe.Ã¢ÂÂ (61) Ross goes on to write of dark stuff, comprising, scientists say, some 99.73 percent of the universe. Ross finds dark matter referenced in the Bible after its discovery. I would rather see a Christian astronomer predict what will yet be discovered, based on a biblical model.
Ross has certainly provided material for discussion. He describes himself as a Ã¢ÂÂpublic advocate for fact based faith.Ã¢ÂÂ (168) In this era when people of faith are forced to address scientific discovery, Ross's work is very valuable.
December 17, 2012
book is really enlightening, packed full of valuable information. A must read for the truly inquiring mind.
May 18, 2012
Have not finished the book as of yet. But what I have read is
January 27, 2012