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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890515484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890515488
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Terry Mortenson (M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., history of geology, Coventry University; England) was a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ for 26 years before joining Answers in Genesis USA in 2001 as a speaker, writer, and researcher. During the past 30 years he has lectured and debated on the subject of creation and evolution in 19 countries. He is author of numerous articles and book chapters on this issue and of The Great Turning Point: the Church's Catastrophic Mistake on Geology-Before Darwin (2004). Dr. Thane Hutcherson Ury (M.Div., Asbury Theology Seminary; Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Andrews University) taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Bethel College in Indiana for 15 years, before joining the faculty at the United Wesleyan Graduate Institute, Hong Kong, China, in 2006. He has taught theology, apologetics, and creation related subjects in America, Romania, Nigeria, Trinidad, Singapore, and China.

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I found the book excellent and very helpful.
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The book Coming to Grips with Genesis is a very well written and thoughtful looks at the arguments in favor of a six-day creation, the global Flood and a young Earth.
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I also liked that the authors quoted the people in question so the reader could see for themselves what was said.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Parrish on May 21, 2009
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The following review is by Michael J. Vlach, Assistant Professor of Theology, The Master's Seminary Journal, pp. 114-116, Volume 20, Number 1, Spring 2009.

Vlach writes: "The early chapters of Genesis continue to be a battleground in the debate over the age of the earth. The case for six-day creation, a global flood, and a young earth finds a great ally with Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth. The editors, Terry Mortensen and Thane H. Ury, have assembled fourteen formidable theological scholars to defend a young-earth view and critique contemporary old-earth interpretations of the book of Genesis.

"This defense of a literal view of Genesis 1-11, which is also a tribute to the life and ministry of early earth advocate, John C. Whitcomb, is not intended to be a scientific presentation for a young earth. Instead, this book admittedly complements young earth science books by focusing on a correct exegetical and theological understanding of Genesis. As such, it is intended to be a stand-alone text for seminary and Bible college professors and students, pastors, missionaries, and all interested in what the Bible really says about creation.

"Readers should appreciate the two forewords. The first is by Henry M. Morris, who penned his words shortly before his death. This reviewer is glad that Dr. Morris was able to see the fruit of this outstanding book before he left this earth to enter the presence of His Lord. Both editors acknowledge the great influence of both Morris and Whitcomb on their views of Genesis. The second review is by John MacArthur, who also heartily commends this book.

"Coming to Grips with Genesis consists of fourteen chapters followed by two appendices. The first appendix, by Paul J.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randall R. Cue on December 29, 2011
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This is a very good and at times highly technical defense of a young earth created by God in six twenty-four hour days. This volume is a compendium of articles written by scholars from different disciples of science, linguistics, and theology. Each article is footnoted with copious references.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Terry W. Dorsett on November 8, 2010
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It seems like the Bible and Christian faith is being assualted from every direction. One of those assualts is on the concepts of origin. Evolution, which is but a theory, protrays itself as fact and with narrow minded precision seeks to censor and silence anyone who does not chant the evolutionary mantra. The writers of this book take great pains to show the reader why the biblical account of origin and other supernatual events revolving the planet are not as far fetched as evolutionary fundamentalists want to portray. A must read for anyone with a biblical world view.
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful By William A. Brown on August 31, 2010
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I agree with the opening words of Henry Morris in his foreword to this work, "A volume such as this is long overdue," because this is the only volume of its nature (attempting to argue extensively on an academic theological level) of which I am aware in favor of a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) position. The 13 contributors (of main chapters) produced a total of 14 chapters addressing different issues surrounding the debate regarding the interpretation of Genesis 1-11 and the age of the Earth. The contributors attempt to approach the debate in a much more informed and scholarly manner (dealing with core scriptural, philosophical, and historical issues) than is often present in many of the popular YEC writings. The editors' overarching goal is to defend against what they see as "the undermining of biblical authority and renuancing of God's goodness" by a growing majority of evangelical theologians who hold to various Old Earth (OE) positions. (p. 20) I applaud Mortenson and Ury's efforts because of their desire to defend the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and the goodness of God. I am thankful that they have sought to enter into discussion with OE theologians by pulling together a team of scholars, pastors, leaders, and theologians to put forth a substantive volume dealing with exegetical and philosophical issues that run deeper than the typical level of discussion by lay people.

As is always true in a book with multiple contributors, each contributed chapter had differing levels of value and strength in the presentation of the positions being argued and issues being addressed. I will give a brief assessment of a few of the chapters in an attempt to provide a base from which I can make some overarching evaluations of the work as a whole.

By far, Robert V.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. David Sager on September 4, 2011
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The book Coming to Grips with Genesis is a very well written and thoughtful looks at the arguments in favor of a six-day creation, the global Flood and a young Earth. Different men like Terry Mortensen, Richard Mayhue, John MacArthur and William Barrick contributed to this book. It provides the arguments brought back old earth people and shows through Scripture the shortcomings of their view. I found some of the chapters very difficult to read. It does tend to get pretty technical and is difficult reading in certain sections but if you are able to stick with the book, I am sure it will expand your understanding and knowledge of the young Earth view. This book was written in honor of Dr. John Whitcomb, co-author of The Genesis Flood and especially appreciated the short biography provided in the back of this godly man. This book looks at different topics in the debate such as the issue of deep time, how the early Church fathers viewed Genesis, the Flood and age of the Earth, Noah's Flood and its geological implications. Jesus' view of Genesis, the Apostles' view of the Genesis Creation and Flood, and the Biblical Theology of Death and Evil. I would encourage those who already hold to a young earth view along with those who may not to take the time to read this book.
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