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Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation [Kindle Edition]

Mark Whorton
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Book Description

The Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation surveys every major issue relating to the theology and science of creation. This includes proofs that the universe was created and designed by God, a discussion of the compatibility of Genesis with major theories in modern science, a survey of evangelical opinion regarding the age of Earth and the nature of Noah’s flood, and an analysis of ancient non-biblical creation myths. Highly trained scientists and authors Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts are uniquely qualified to report these findings that are in line with their Christian faith. The book also includes fascinating and helpful photographs and charts.

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About the Author

Mark Whorton works on guidance, navigation, and control systems for spacecraft and launch vehicles at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, teaches Christian apologetics at his local church, and is also the author of Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science and the Age of the Earth.

Hill Roberts holds a Master’s degree in physics from the University of Alabama and serves as a chief scientist for a Huntsville-based aerospace research company. He also founded the Lord, I Believe ministry ( for teaching people the rational basis for faith in God’s existence and has lectured extensively on Christian apologetics in the United States and Russia.

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  • File Size: 9166 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (October 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA6K8S
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent creation reference book November 3, 2008
If you have read Whorton's book "Peril in Paradise", you know the wonderful way in which he presents Bible and science discoveries. The same is true for Hill Roberts website Lord I Both men are working scientists and Bible scholars who love Gods word and see His hand on creation. Although both men are Old earth creationists, they have done a very respectful job of presenting both the Young and Old earth positions, as well as the Theistic and naturalist evolution explanations for creation. The book also contains a detail review of relevant Bible scripture and several ancient creation myths. This is an excellent reference book on creation...the best I have seen.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This book is an easy read, with illustrations on at least every other page. It compares three scriptural models of creation: Scientific Creationism, Progressive Creationism, and Evolutionary Creationism, and it comes down in favor of Progressive Creationism. It advocates both the concordist (there is a correspondence between Scripture and science) and the accommodationist (God can and sometimes does accommodate his revelation to the limited knowledge of the recipients in order to communicate effectively) views of scriptural interpretation.

The authors emphasize the fact that the creation story is told a number of places in the Bible, with a matrix of six biblical creation accounts (Genesis 1, Genesis 2, Job 38-42, Psalm 33, Psalm 104 & Proverbs 8) on the horizontal axis and ten creation events on the vertical axis, with specific verses in the matrix, accompanied by some well-written commentary, particularly on Psalm 104.

There is a good discussion of the evidence for an old universe and an old earth, a local versus a global flood, and the anthropic principle. It was therefore surprising to see a very incomplete discussion of biological evolution. There is some minimal mention of the fossil record, but other lines of evidence for macroevolution and common descent, such as from morphological similarity, embryology, vestigial structures, biogeography, and pseudogenes are not even mentioned. The authors' conclusion is, "While there is overwhelming evidence of microevolution, the case for naturalistic macroevolution suffers from a lack of support from the fossil record."

On the positive side, the above shortcoming makes this a particularly good book with which to introduce Old Earth Creationism to Young Earth Creationists, since going directly from Young Earth Creationism to Evolutionary Creationism (a.k.a. theistic evolution) in a single bound is probably too big a leap for most Young Earth Creationists anyway.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I found this book extremely balanced, informative, and broad. It does a great job of briefly addressing almost all common questions that Christians interested in science may encounter. It does not deviate from a position of the Bible being the infallible Word of God, but examines all popular worldviews and exposes the strengths and weaknesses of each. You will probably learn some weaknesses of your own worldview, as I did, but the authors do not intend to convince you of any view in particular. The book is strongest in its balance and educates impartially. An absolute must read for the scientific believer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved "Understanding Creation" February 3, 2010
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I've bought a lot of theology books in my time. Some end up on my shelf, and I tell myself I will read them some day. Some, I read a chapter or two and then watch as it descends to the bottom of the pile by my bed. This one, I read straight through, and was sad when it ended so soon.
In my denomination, to be a deacon or elder, you must subscribe to the authority and infallibility of scripture. But my denomination understands that there are several ways that men of faith have read Genesis, without compromising infallibility. This book presents all of these ways fairly, and shows the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective without making fun or judging anyone. Not that the authors have no opinion on these things. It's pretty clear that they are coming down on the old earth, local flood, no macro-evolution side of these debates. But they present all points of view respectfully.
The book was very informative for me. There are about 5 camps in the intramural debate, and I had only really been exposed to two of them.
The book also spends some time on the varsity debate, by which I mean the debate between Creationist of any stripe and Naturalists (Atheists) who say there was no God involved in the process at all. This was very solid material as well, but it is a "Quicksource" guide, which means it's a short summary overview of our best arguments.
Any Christian who feels their faith is challenged by the assertions of naturalists, or who feels locked into a view of Genesis that just won't fit with their own observations of nature, should read this. There is strength here for your faith that will not bind your conscience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 28, 2012
By Greg
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This is a very well written book. Covers the topic well. I greatly appreciate all the effort put into organizing this book. A great reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Booth
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Covers much of what the Bible says about the age of the earth and what nature reveals about the age of the earth. From "kol erets" to plate tectonics and much in between. Should really be a must read for anyone interested in God's creation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book giving a fair overview of the most common ...
This is a great book giving a fair overview of the most common points of view on creation. The authors include background on perspectives from ancient cultures and the historical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book I will add to my home library. One I will pull off the...
Understanding Creation certainly enlarges my knowledge of the subject and is easy to follow. Its a great addition to my own collection of Christian books and I will value it as a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by patricia barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation (Holman...
Clear, concise and filled with recent information. The author gives great insight on the context of the writing of Genesis and I found this to be very useful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ofor
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide To Understanding Creation
We just completed a weekly Bible Study series that lasted about 2 months on the topic of "Creation Versus Evolution. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ShowMeTheFacts
4.0 out of 5 stars OK content, binding poor
Our church is watching a video series by Ken (the earth is 6,000 years old) Ham. I ordered this to see what Christians who scientists say about this. Read more
Published on September 8, 2012 by countryside
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to Genesis, Design & Evolution
It's hard to find a good introductory book on Genesis, creation, design and evolution. Many books are often over-specialized in science or theology. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
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