Genesis One: A Scientific Perspective
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2008
This is a substantial update and revision of Ross's earlier work. In 30 pages, the book gives a concise explanation of a scientific perspective on the six creation days. One of its novelties is its description and justification of the point of view that the reader should take when interpreting the first chapter of Genesis. This point of view derives from a scientific method that Ross shows to be also a Biblical method of interpretation that is widely used by scholars but not widely known as a method common also to science.

The scientific statements in the booklet are based on findings commonly known and accepted among the scientific community. Unlike some creationists, Hugh Ross holds that the undisputed factual claims of the peer-reviewed scientific journals are reasonably reliable, and that Biblical texts properly interpreted will correspond to true scientific findings: The Creator doesn't lie to us in the Biblical text or in the obvious facts of the created universe.

If you're looking for a concise, easy-to-read explanation of why and how the book of Genesis corresponds well to the most current scientific findings in cosmology and the life sciences, "Genesis One: A Scientific Perspective" is an excellent tool.

The booklet is also ideal for small-group studies and for individuals who don't have time for long scientific treatises but who still want a rigorous modern scientific view on the Genesis account. It's also an excellent resource for journalists or others who want to see a creation science perspective that's refreshingly different from (and superior to) what is typically portrayed in the media.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2009
Don't mistake it - this book is small, but packed with mighty perspective on the Genesis stories. This book is a great starter into Hugh Ross' philosophy of mixing science with religion. For all those looking for a way to reconcile the discoveries made by scientists with the seemingly anti-science Christian faith, Hugh Ross is there to guide you. He makes no apologies to the scientific community for being a faith-filled apologist, nor does he make any apologies to the Christian communities for being a man of science. He straddles both worlds effortlessly and shares his secret to success in all his books. The pamplet-sized book is an excellent beginner's foray into the melding of scientific discovery with Christian faith-stories. A must-read for anyone of a scientific bent who wishes a stronger faith in the creation story offered by the Bible.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 5, 2009
Author Dr. Hugh Ross PhD, is an astronomer and physicist who is also a Christian believer. He wrote this booklet to explain from a scientific point of view the credibility of Genesis One, and how modern science supports Genesis One.

Ross explains how the earth and universe were formed from a scientific point of view, (Big Bang, expanding universe, coalesence of gasses and debris into stars and planetary systems over billions of years), and how the Genesis One account is fully supported from a scientific perspective. "Perspective" in the key word in this book, as one's interpretation of Genesis One depends on one's perspective. Ross expounds on this concept, stating that Genesis One makes perfect sense if one interprets it with the proper perspective. For instance, the perspective on Genesis 1:1 is from one looking at the entire universe. Genesis 1:2 is best understood from the perspective of one looking down on the earth from the heavens. Finally, in Genesis 1:3, when God states "Let there be light", the perspective switches from the heavenly realm to experiencing light for the first time while on the surface of the earth. The remaining passages in Genesis One are from the perspective of someone on earth. When interpreted in this manner, the chronology of Genesis One makes logical sense from a scientific point of view, as Ross explains.

Ross makes the point that the earth and universe could not form from random processes alone. He posits that God, the Creator, carefully and lovingly guided the parameters of the Big Bang, how the moon was made through guided natural processes, and how life formed on earth and developed over millions of years through a progressive creation process.

As a student of science and a Christian believer, I welcome an interpretation of Genesis One which melds current science knowledge with a logical and meaningful interpretation of Genesis. For if one cannot make logical sense of Genesis, the Book of Beginnings, the foundational book of the Bible, then one perhaps may also doubt the integrity of the books that follow. Ross's explanation of Genesis One melds science and belief.

Dr. Ross has authored other books which go into more detail on the Book of Genesis. For the interested reader, I recommend the following: The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis,The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis, and finally Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man.

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2008
Buy this booklet only if you believe in the Long Creation Days theory or if you are curious for the support behind the Long Days theory.
If you don't believe the long days theory then don't waste your money, the entire booklet rests upon the premise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
Ross is giving us the evidence we need to know to realize the Bible is the inspired word of God, is true, and surprise, surprise, actually matches what science has discovered. Properly interpreted the Bible matches the evidence discovered by thousands of scientists concerning the creation of the universe, and that in itself is a miracle. No other Holy Book in the word even comes close to the Bible in presenting the description of the universe that matches what we are discovering. Amazing, and Ross captures it all in a way that the average, non-scientific, and even non-Biblical person can follow, understand, and be amazed. Everyone should read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
This is a succinct (pamphlet-length) review of Dr. Ross' views on how to interpret Genesis 1 in light of modern scientific knowledge. He has just published a book-length treatise, Navigating Genesis: A Scientist's Journey through Genesis 1-11. The book is thorough and thoroughly up-to-date . . . very clearly written and very well documented. Get the new book! (You need to go to Reasons.Org to order the book . . . don't think it's available from Amazon yet.)
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on December 29, 2013
Dr. Ross rolls out another great work, sharing well thought out perspectives across a variety of topics supporting Intelligent Design. While I still think Hugh and the Reasons.org team all-to-readily accept mass views on evolution science (ie: ignores assumptions used in radiometric dating, accepting all dates for age of the earth, age of bones, rocks, etc), I find his perspective and justification very solid.
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on June 4, 2015
Must read. One of many well wrtten and well researched books from Reasons to Believe at reasons.org
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on October 12, 2011
Calling this a book is a stretch...it's more like a booklet. However, the material was interesting, although it wasn't really fleshed out. I know that this is one of Ross's earlier works, and that he has since expounded on this idea. I'm happy to have added this to my library though.
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on November 3, 2014
A wonderfully balanced opinion of the beginning. Well supported with scripture that continues to prove the truth of the bible. Hidden Treasures in the book of Job (Dr. Hugh Ross) is an excellent companion to this Genesis thesis.
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