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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891097767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891097761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Hugh Ross described in his last book, The Creator and the Cosmos (1993), the present generation is the first to be successful in measuring the universe, resulting in scientific admission of an omnipotent Creator. This news, which should be exciting to the religious community, is receiving more opposition from Christians than from secular scientists. Why? Because it defies the commonly held Christian belief in a recently created universe. In an attempt to reconcile science and religion, Ross discusses how "old earthers" have ostracized "young earthers" with the assertion that creation took place in six 24-hour days about 10,000 years ago. Ross argues that God is not less powerful for allowing the earth to evolve naturally over millions of years. Since God is the Creator of both biblical revelation and the natural world, the Bible is, likewise, consistent with nature. "Now is the time for a ceasefire," Ross pleads. Calling for a council of pastors, scientists, and evangelical leaders, Ross proposes abolishing the bitterness and polarization this issue has caused without compromising the integrity of either side. Extremely well documented, Creation and Time is more than a good read. It is a call for action. A relevant addition to any library. Patty O'Connell

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Extremely well documented, Creation and Time is more than a good read. It is a call for action. A relevant addition to any library. -- Patty O'Connell, Booklist, April 1, 1994

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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Chang Yuon on November 16, 2000
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I appreciate Dr. Hugh Ross for writing this book, first because there are not many books out addressing this issue of creation and time. Second, it helps us to rethink and strengthen our position on the creation and evolution debate. I believe, this book was primarily written to address the debate between young-earth and old-earth (or universe) creationists. However, this book does more than just address the issues. It is more of a plea for Christian to be more peaceful and Christ-like on the matter. Here, Ross is hardly a compromiser-he is an old-earth advocate, and attempts to justify his beliefs all throughout this book.
There are several "good" things Hugh Ross says. First, he reminds us that one is NOT weak in his or her faith just because he or she might believe in the evolutionary process of Creation. Belief in "how" or the mechanism God took to create the universe is silent enough to take a hard dogmatic stance. Therefore, Christians should not condemn each other, rather carefully study the issues and share their convictions to be more in line with the truth.
Second, he teaches us that taking a stance on scientific age of the universe does not imply evolution by natural means. Even if one negates God, evolutionism is still ludicrous. Sound scientific evidence points to an age (although not in line with young-earth view) that make it virtually impossible for all life as we know it to evolve out of random events. In fact, the age of the universe and many beautiful scientific discoveries points to a God. For this reason, Chapter 7 of this book, I believe, is one of his stronger chapters.
There are many things that also troubled me. Primarily, I did not appreciate Dr. Ross' caustic dismissal of Presuppositionalism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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This book illustrates perfectly how science and the Bible agree when it comes to the creation account of our universe. When people shed their preconceived notions of religion and science it opens their mind to truly objectively studying the origin of the universe. This book brings together ideas I used to think contadicted each other. The Bible and science truly do coincide.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
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Dr Ross hits it right on the money once again!
As a lifelong Christian with a fairly strong scientific background (Bachelor's degrees in both Astronomy and Physics), I strongly recommend reading this book. Many on the anti-science side (the "young-Earth creationists") have been attempting to refute the evidence of the scientific community (often with "bad science" of their own - in particular, check out Answers In Creation's archives for information regarding the Grand Canyon, the Genesis flood, and sandstone deposits), while many on the anti-God side (the "atheistic scientists") have been trying to demonstrate how God isn't even necessary to explain the existence of the universe (evolution and chance are sufficient to explain our existence).
Both sides fall short of being convincing, upon in-depth study.
Dr Ross is able to demonstrate how the middle ground ("old-Earth creationism") is the most consistent with both the observed scientific facts and the words of God in the Bible.
Even more importantly, he stresses that as far as the young-Earth/old-Earth argument goes, the most important point is that what really matters is salvation through Jesus Christ - whether you believe that the Earth is thousands of years old, or billions of years old has no bearing on Salvation.
For those who have already read this book, I would like to note that Dr Paul Davies (mentioned briefly in Chapter 12, where Dr Ross talks about the relationship between science and old-Earth creationism) won the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion the year after this book was published. (Now you've got to order the book here to understand this point...!)
Far from painting a bleak picture, Dr Ross is able to look with optimism towards the future.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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I don't understand how someone can honestly say that Dr. Ross loosely interprets the Bible in this book. I am a very conservative Christian that takes a literal interpretation of the Bible and there is nothing in Dr. Ross' interpretation that runs counter to my interpretation. He is not loose.
People can disagree with him, but to attack this book solely on the basis of the age of the universe is unscholarly, uneducated, and just plain foolish. God gave us a mind; use it! God gave us all of nature and told us it tells about Him; listen to nature and you will see it agrees with the Bible.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
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Dr. Ross rescues the Christian church from the dubious error of maintaining a militant stance regarding the age of the earth. While Gallup reports that nearly half the adults in the United States believe that the earth was created in the last 10,000 years, 99% of America's practicing scientists disagree. Dr. Ross adeptly closes that gap with a lucid presentation of the scientific evidence for an old earth presented from a thoroughly orthodox Christian worldview. More than just a compelling contribution to the age-of-the-earth issue, Creation and Time is a definitive work.

With his PhD in Astronomy, Dr. Ross applies scintallating logic to skillfully discern between accurate scientific arguments and those with faulty presuppositions, leaving the reader with overwhelming evidence for an earth that is billions of years old. Then, with all gentleness, he harmonizes this data with a conservative Christian theology which maintains the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, including Genesis Chapter 1. Although Ross himself is a Christian, reviewers have failed to recognize that his compassionate reconciliation of Genesis and science is equally suitable reading for the three largest religions of the world: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian.

If you have ever wondered how it all started this is the first book you should read.
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