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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group; 1st edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576835782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576835784
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Ross (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is founder and president of Reasons To Believe, a ministry team devoted to bridging the gap between science and faith. A well-known author and Christian apologist, Ross has addressed students and faculty on hundreds of campuses, churches, and professional groups in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Sierra Madre Congregational Church, and as adjunct faculty at A.W. Tozer Seminary in Redding, California. He and his wife, Kathy, and their two sons live in Southern California.

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Science can figure out how things happen, but not why they happen; that is the job of religion and philosophy.
Jeffrey Van Wagoner
I personally found this book to be very enjoyable, it is well written and has a convincing argument for those willing to listen.
OmegaMan
As the dust jacket declares, the book sets forth "a testable scientific model approach to end the creation/evolution wars."
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Deem on October 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Reasons To Believe's third in a series of books proposing a testable creation model takes on the origin and design of the universe. Creation As Science develops a biblical creation model and compares the predictions of this model to naturalistic, young earth creationism, and theistic evolutionary models. This biblical creation model is divided into four main areas, the origin of the universe, the origin of the Solar System, the history of life on earth, and the origin and history of mankind.

Cosmological implications of the biblical model include extra dimensions, cosmic expansion, size of the universe, the anthropic principle, constancy of the laws of the universe, and humanity's specific viewing platform. The characteristics of the earth are compared to those of known extrasolar planets, showing that the earth is rare, if not unique among the planets.

Other chapters examine life's origin in terms of the naturalistic processes that would be required. The naturalistic model is shown to be lacking in that life appears early and is complex. Subsequently, new species are introduced at the right time to transform the earth into a planet suitable for advanced life forms. The origin of humanity is examined in detail to complete the biblical model of creation.

Naturalists primary complaint about intelligent design is that it offers no model and makes no predictions. The strength of Creation As Science lies in its challenge to naturalistic models of origins through specific predictive claims. Chapter 11 examines specific predictions of the four models examined. Along with Appendix F, 22 cosmological and planetary sciences predictions are given for each model. Fifty-two predictive tests are listed for the origin and history of life on earth.
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46 of 63 people found the following review helpful By OmegaMan on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This work by Dr Hugh Ross goes far in order to first establish what a scientific principle is, and later to use this definition in order to argue his case.

Contrary to other reviewers, there is nothing that can be found in the way of pseudoscience in this work. All of the facts are presented objectively, and are quite scientific (take for example the WMAP of the background cosmic radiation, or the series of events that lead to the formation of the moon and atmosphere. If there is indeed pseudoscience, how come nobody pointed out where he made an incorrect or spurious scientific claim?). One of the points made in the book is that a vast array of factors had to be done with precision far beyond that which is within the bounds of human ability (and most certainly beyond any reasonable probability of being carried out by random accident), and therefore would imply a creative intelligence.

All of these arguments are also used within a movement called the Intelligent Design theory. The problem with Intelligent Design is that it does not identify any creator or causal agent: this is one of the reasons that it did not hold up in court recently, and perhaps one of the main reasons why, upon its rejection from the court, people consider it to be pseudoscience. In fact, many court cases dealing with evolution and creation can be found within the book!

Dr Ross attempts to formulate his model on the assumption that the creator is identified as the God of the Bible, and then use predictions based on this and an interpretation of the Bible to predict results of as yet unresolved scientific dilemmas.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Damien Spillane on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Hugh Ross has pioneered a brand new, innovative, step forward in Christian apologetics that actually dares to take the science seriously. So much of the science apologetics out there lacks credibility in that it totally disregards the scientific data in favour of a certain interpretation of Genesis. The great thing about Dr Ross' book is that he works to incorporate more than just Genesis 1 into his creation model but actually takes a more systematic and hence wholly Biblical approach.

The remarkable thing was that Dr Ross, working with the help of his scholar team no doubt, was able to cover many different fields of scientific research and display the wonderful concordance between the scientific details and the Biblical model. To appreciate the integration of science and faith adds far more dimensions to your spiritual walk with God and actually puts your faith on to the factual and objective level and out of the private and subjective.

Dr Ross' commitment (and willingness to put his own credibility on the line) to the truth is evident from his working out of a model that can be tested on the basis of scientific research. Given that God is the author of nature as well as the Bible, we would expect that the latest scientific knowledge to come down the pipe would confirm the Biblical model with the most credibility. Over the years I have followed Dr Ross' ministry (Reasons To Believe) and noted how the young earth creationist rival position has had to retreat further and further away from mainstream science in order to protect its own model from critique and testing. By contrast the RTB model is receiving confirmation right from the scientific journals themselves!

All in all this is a great book that will show the magnificent harmony between the record of nature and the words of the Bible and fill you with awe at the Creator of heaven and earth.
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