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Attacked, dismissed, maligned, and relegated to the status of mythology, the first eleven chapters of Genesis are difficult for some Christians to believe due to liberal theologians, secular science and others holding God's Word in low esteem. But Mortenson and his team of creationist scholars, in the spirit of the late Dr. Henry Morris, write, teach, debate and lecture on creationist topics, and here address elements of scientific creationism in depth that frequently come under fire. Writing intelligently and clearly, Mortenson and over a dozen contributors provide an apologetic text that answers the tough questions many people, both Christians and non-Christians alike, struggle with in their attempts to clarify the theology of Genesis.
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Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2008
Fourteen theological scholars address key topics related to the age of the earth, which is the crucial issue of debate in the church today regarding origins. Bringing to bear rigorous biblical, theological, and historical arguments in favor of a six-day creation, the global Flood, and a young earth, they also provide much-needed critiques of a number of contemporary old-earth interpretations of the book of Genesis.
This fresh defense of the literal history of Genesis 1-11 nicely complements other studies which focus more on the scientific evidence of young-earth creationism. As such, this book can serve as a versatile supplement to other works, but is also designed to be used as a standalone text for seminary and Bible college professors and students, pastors, missionaries, and others who want in-depth apologetic resources.
Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earthincludes:
- Forewords by Dr. John MacArthur, President of the Master's Seminary and Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA; and the late Dr. Henry Morris, Founder and President Emeritus, Institute for Creation Research
- Detailed analysis of the verbs of Genesis 1
- A defense of the Genesis 5 & 11 genealogies as strict chronologies
- Reasons for rejecting millions of years of death and natural evil before Adam's sin
- Careful reflection on Jesus' teachings regarding a young earth
Terry Mortenson, Ph.D., grew up in Minnesota, was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 24 years before joining Answers in Genesis as a researcher, speaker and writer. He and his wife, Margie, have five daughters and three sons.
Thane H. Ury (M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Andrews University) taught in the Religion & Philosophy Department at Bethel College (Indiana) for 15 years, before joining the faculty at the United Wesleyan Graduate Institute, Hong Kong, China in 2006. He has taught theology and apologetics in Romania, Nigeria, Trinidad, and China. He and Laura have four children.
Chapters in the book include:
R. Nowell, M.Ed.5 Stars Out Of 5Well Done!!!October 4, 2014R. Nowell, M.Ed.Quality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An excellent work on the Young Earth - Old Earth Age controversy and Genesis 1-11.
After reading "Coming to Grips with Genesis" thoroughly cover to cover, I feel it should be a must read in seminary classes dealing with Genesis. The authors do an excellent job of showing some of the misrepresentations that are being presented in other commentaries regarding the interpretation of Genesis. It exposes the problems with the Old Earth position being advocated by those who seek to place the transient soup du jour scientific theory of origins above the clear word of God. I highly recommend this book!
The only reason I gave it a 4 on product quality is that it is a paperback and it is the type of book that gets handled a lot and marked up. I have worn it out a bit and wish there was a hardback available. I would really like to have this book in WORDsearch Bible software and Accordance and Logos.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentJuly 14, 2011Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Coming to Grips with Genesis" is a collection of 14 articles discussing the different interpretations of Genesis 1-11. Though written by 14 separate scholars, there's surprisingly little overlap of material and a high consistency in quality.
It's written in a formal tone. Some articles get somewhat technical when talking about the original language, and the authors assume you know something about Hebrew grammar. However, the footnotes explain a technical point in more detail for those who don't know this information. There's excellent footnoting, so you always know where the information or quote came from. I also liked that the authors quoted the people in question so the reader could see for themselves what was said. Overall, if you have questions about the topics covered or want to be better able to argue the points, then I'd highly recommend this book.
Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 14 explored how Christian theological leaders before the 19th century viewed Genesis 1-11, especially how long they thought God took to create everything. Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 discussed the different ways Genesis 1 & 2 are interpreted, how to properly interpret Scripture as a whole and how that applies to Genesis 1 & 2, and is nature/general revelation equal in authority to Scripture/special revelation.
Chapter 9 talked about Noah's Flood, especially about the timeline of what happened and what one would expect to find now in the rock layers as a result of the Flood. Chapter 10 discussed the type of genealogies are in Genesis 5 and 11 and how accurate they are for chronological purposes. Chapter 11 and 12 pointed out how Jesus and the apostles viewed Genesis (as real history and real people or otherwise). Chapter 13 discussed how having death and suffering before creation was completed (as long geological ages demands) affects Christian theology.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Anthony Shuler5 Stars Out Of 5February 2, 2010Anthony ShulerOne of the best books on creation ever written. Very similar to the Answers Books by Ken Ham.
Elizabeth Johnston5 Stars Out Of 5September 24, 2009Elizabeth JohnstonThis is an excellent book that gives solid reasons for the historicity of the book of Genesis.I highly recommend it for anyone who values the inerrancy of God's word and for those who believe that Genesis 1 - 11 is myth but is willing to read an intelligent & well framed response.