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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to reconcile the Bible with an old earth, May 31, 2007
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Paul R. Bruggink (Clarington, PA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: God's Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1 (Paperback)
This book is one of several that significantly help to make the point that the Bible does not preclude the possibility of an old earth and an old universe. Other books are also helpful in this regard, including C. John Collins' Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, And Theological Commentary, Rodney Whitefield's Reading Genesis One, David Snoke's A Biblical Case for an Old Earth, Mark S. Whorton's Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth, and Hugh Ross's Creation and Time: A Biblical and Scientific Perspective on the Creation-Date Controversy.

I highly recommend all of them, including Godfrey's "God's Pattern for Creation," to anyone struggling with reconciling the Bible with the scientific evidence for an old earth or struggling with how to convince young earth creationists that young earth creationism is not the only possible way to interpret the Bible.

In addition to 80+ pages of text supporting compatibility of the Bible with an old earth through a careful examination of the words of the Bible, this book includes appendices on "Calvin on Creation," and "The Reformed Confessions on Creation." It is a worthwhile investment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, June 7, 2006
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This review is from: God's Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1 (Paperback)
This book is a very accessible and fascinating look at the creation account in Genesis. Dr. Godfrey challenges conventional thought by asserting an analogical view of the creation account. The point of the narrative is to direct us to understand the covenant of creation, and that God created all things because He wanted to enter into covenantal relations with mankind. Genesis is neither a science book, an anthropology book, nor a geology book. It is a book about God as He has revealed Himself through the covenants, not the least of which is the covenant of creation. This is a fascinating book and very easy to read. High School students should be able to read it just fine and get a lot out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book of understatement and humility, August 24, 2009
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This review is from: God's Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1 (Paperback)
At first glance this book looks too simplistic to be all that helpful in understanding book 1 of Genesis. For there's little reference to max-min (e.g., Kenneth Kitchen's The Bible in Its World: The Bible and Archaeology Today or even On the Reliability of the Old Testament), unity-divergence (e.g., Before Abraham Was: The Unity of Genesis 1-11) biblical debates. After many glances and a much more thorough reading, however, the book exudes a close and faithful reading of scripture revealing its author an intelligent and reliable Christian witness. In fact, Godfrey's book must be carefully read to realize that it is written with learned simplicity that represents a lifetime of study and experience, which remains far too rare in Biblical discussions.

Also, this book does not in any way suffer from a jingoistically pro-modern and ultimately offensive, anti-Hebrew perspective that can be found in Jaki's Genesis 1: Through the Ages.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my, Godfrey!, April 4, 2013
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It is refreshing to read a book that is packed with meat but written on a layman's level. This book was amazing. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Sorry I am so busy, June 12, 2008
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I love the books; have not had time to finish two of them, and don't have time to write a review. I'm sorry. I do appreciate reading reviews. It definitely helps me in buying. E.R.
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God's Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1
God's Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1 by W. Robert Godfrey (Paperback - June 20, 2007)
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