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Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology
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on January 13, 2014
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This author bridges away from those fundamentalists who make unsupportable claims about all of creation occurring within a 6 day period less than 7000 years ago. How to work in science based fields and still believe in an omnipotent God is a struggle for many. The theologians who espouse the notion that the original proto-Canaanite Phoenician character based Genesis language supports a strict 6 day creation simply do not have that language around to support that claim. What is key is to be able to encourage a personal relationship to God as Abraham had without being pushed away by theologians insulated from reality by a religious system culture which mandates adherence to their own ideas. I have heard a theologian state that if the 6 day creation less than 7000 years ago is rejected, one is incapable of believing in God. However, he is willing to believe that God would deceive us by sending us light from stars that are millions of light years away as measured by physics that have not ever been challenged.
This author also seems to address scripture as inerrant in intent but not always in construct. Clear to many is that Biblical history is made by imperfect men, even those inspired to produce the supreme art that is scripture. Its awesomeness art is not to be the focus but rather the underlying messages, the key one of which is that God loves mankind, each of us individually and our foremost duty is to love Him back. If we can establish that relationship, if we can live within it, life would be better for the vast majority of us.
In summary, this author nicely relates his reasoning past this dilemma that many of us face and in that way, makes faith available to many who would throw out faith otherwise because of well meaning but errant theologians.
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on June 9, 2014
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This is one of the more approachable books I have read on this subject. In this book, Dr. Falk starts with a discussion of what Christian theologians throughout history have written about creation, good and evil, and the garden of Eden. The book heavily references writings from Christian scholars including Augustine, Wesley, Lewis, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and others who have written extensively about creation. He also references modern day creationist and intelligent design literature. That said, it is clear that Falk is gently espousing a view of evolutionary creationism, which he calls gradual creation.

Falk presents three possibilities for understanding the creation of life's diversity: One, that God created each species from scratch, one species at a time. Two, that God miraculously created several broad kinds of organisms, each of which diversified into many species. Three, God created all species by guiding a gradual process of evolution, without specifying a mechanism for God's guidance. Throughout the remainder of the book, Falk uses several well-illustrated examples to examine the evidence seen in the fossil record and in our genomes to help us understand God's creative activity leading up to mankind. The author ends the book with a chapter on how to approach this topic within the wider body of evangelical Christian believers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2009
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This book, written by a veteran biology professor, is an excellent contribution to the discussion of faith, especially Christian faith and biological evolution issues. It would be especially valuable for their understanding for evangelical Christians, who would like to better understand the evidences and rational for the currently dominant biological evolution theories embraced by most life scientists, and for secular scientists who sincerely would like to understand the experiences and viewpoints of religious people, especially devout Christians.
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on June 8, 2011
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I received the book within a few days of my order. It was in excellent condition. I was very pleased with the content.
The author answered some of the vital questions that I had, and shared his point of view in a non-dogmatic fashion. Perhaps he was too "wordy" in the final chapters, but that's a minor imperfection, when considering the work as a whole. I would recommend both the book and the supplier from whom I obtained it to any evangelical Christian from a conservative background who has become dissatisfied with opinions on matters of science and how it properly relates to faith that are exclusively one-sided.
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on February 24, 2014
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I like this book by professor Darrel Falk very much.
He is Emeritus Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he has taught since 1988, and he is a convinced Christian.
This kind of authors let Evolutionary Creation have the right description, and consequent opportunity to be understood by scientists and people of faith.

Congratulations to professor Falk!

Corrado Ghinamo
(author of the book "The Beautiful Scientist: A Spiritual Approach to Science")
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on September 13, 2013
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I like it very much and am finding it very valuable in exalting God as Creator and Sustainer of all things.
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on August 10, 2013
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A must read for conservative/evangelical Christians that provides clarity and comfort as well as evidence one does not have to hang ones brain out to dry to follow Christ.
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on February 6, 2013
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Darrel falk does an excellent job of clearly communicating the BioLogos position on minimizing the gap between Christianity and Science
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on December 12, 2012
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This is a great book. It really helps to have a committed Christian provide his personal experience with the claims of faith vs the claims of science. Most of the book was very informative. My only issue was that there was just too much biology in this for my personal tastes. But I should expect that from a Biology college professor.
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on September 26, 2012
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What is to say?
This book is very good!
Thank you Amazon! :)
Looking forward for more great books with this subject: evolution - creation, science - religion.
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