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There is still a contentious debate among evangelicals on the origins of the universe and human life. Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design provides the ins and outs of young earth creationism by Ken Ham; old earth (progressive) creationism by Hugh Ross; evolutionary creation by Deborah B. Haarsma; and intelligent design by Stephen C. Meyer. In the helpful Counterpoints format, they engage one another’s positions in the responses to each essay and one final rejoinder. The general editor J.B. Stump sets the stage for the discussion in the introduction and then concludes the book with final reflections and hopes for the ongoing evangelical conversation about origins.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation? Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogosIVP Academic / 2017 / Trade Paperback$17.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Creation And Change: Genesis 1.1 - 2.4 in the Light of Changing Scientific ParadigmsDouglas F. KellyChristian Focus / 2017 / Hardcover$19.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design presents the current "state of the conversation" about origins among evangelicals representing four key positions:
- Young Earth Creationism - Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
- Old Earth (Progressive) Creationism - Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe)
- Evolutionary Creation - Deborah B. Haarsma (BioLogos)
- Intelligent Design - Stephen C. Meyer (The Discovery Institute)
The contributors offer their best defense of their position addressing questions such as: What is your position on origins - understood broadly to include the physical universe, life, and human beings in particular? What do you take to be the most persuasive arguments in defense of your position? How do you demarcate and correlate evidence about origins from current science and from divine revelation? What hinges on answering these questions correctly?
Ken Ham is President of Answers in Genesis.
Hugh Ross is President of Reasons to Believe.
Deborah B. Haarsma is President of BioLogos.
Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institutes Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwins Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2013) as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009), which was named a Book of the Year by the Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009.
J. B. Stump (PhD, Boston University) is Senior Editor at BioLogos where he oversees the development of new content and curates existing content for the website and print materials. He has authored Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming) and co-authored (with Chad Meister) Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010). He has co-edited (with Alan Padgett) The Blackell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and (with Kathryn Applegate) How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (Intervarsity, forthcoming).
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.
Teutonic Warrior4 Stars Out Of 5Good ReadingMarch 7, 2018Teutonic WarriorQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a good book to introduce lay people to the key controversies involved in the origins debate. For the most part, good people were chosen to represent the views contrasted in the book.
Ken Ham lays out the case for young earth creationism (YEC). His essay, I found, to be the least convincing of the four. Although he is perhaps YEC's leading apologist, there were probably better candidates for presenting this view.
I had never read anything by Hugh Ross before, and I found his position unique. He sets forth a powerful case, and, to the layman, it might seem conclusive. I, however, think he misuses the biblical text to mean something it was never intended to say.
I was particularly curious about Haarsma's essay. I am a longtime skeptic of the theory of evolution, and I wanted to see how she would fit it to the Bible. Unfortunately, almost no attempt was made. She focuses her essay on demonstrating the truth of the evolutionary theory. She uses many outdated, and long discredited arguments. I was not impressed with the case for Evolutionary Creationism.
Stephen C. Meyer, in my opinion, laid the best case. He readily admitted to having no serious quarrel with YEC or OEC. He focused his attacks on Evolutionary Creationism.
Overall this is a book I'm happy to recommend for those interested in the topic.