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More Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation (Reasons to Believe) Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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"In the physical sciences, we are continually concerned with the question 'Can a theory stand up to the latest experimental results?' In this book Ross suggests a great many tests for his understanding of issues related to origins."--Henry F. Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry; director, Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, University of Georgia

Christians are increasingly challenged with evolution theories as the only models for the origins and histories of the universe and life. But is there any valid scientifically testable alternative?

In More Than a Theory, Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons To Believe, offers a comprehensive, testable creation model. This fascinating book responds to the recent, well-publicized challenges from aggressive atheists to the idea of a Creator. It also reminds the scientific community of what constitutes good science. Furthermore, it supplies Christians with the scientific information they need to defend their conviction that the Creator is the God of the Bible.

Complete with appendices that put competing models for creation and/or evolution to the same kinds of tests, More Than a Theory is a bold and brave work of apologetics that will stir profitable discussion in both the scientific and the religious realms.

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"More Than a Theory provides a valuable overview of the many explanations of nature and human origins that compete for acceptance in modern culture. Rather than limiting this comparison to a single field such as biology, Hugh Ross compares these explanations with respect to their ability to adequately account for over 100 distinct findings from natural and social sciences. Ross effectively argues that by imposing artificial and unnecessary restraints on scientific inquiry, science loses its claim as a search for truth and simultaneously makes science less attractive to inquiring young minds. Removing those constraints unleashes the power of unbiased exploration in the quest for truth."--Carl A. Koval, professor of chemistry, University of Colorado

"The more we discover about the universe, the more I appreciate our Creator. And that's why I'm grateful for Hugh Ross. This book will not only expand your appreciation of God, it will stretch your faith."--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church; author, Wild Goose Chase

"To all who think that belief in a Creator requires a blind leap of faith, this book serves strong notice otherwise! The Creation Model is not only testable, it passes multiple scientific tests with flying colors. Read More Than a Theory yourself to see how Hugh Ross wields data, logic, and evidence to make a powerful and convincing case."--Mark Mittelberg, author, Choosing Your Faith, and coauthor, The Unexpected Adventure
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  • Series: Reasons to Believe
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801013275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryan S. Jaroncyk on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
RTB is to be commended for putting forth a testable creation model. A model that makes specific predictions, solicits public critique, and stimulates respectful, scientific dialogue represents a huge step forward in the creation/evolution debate. At the very least, RTB's model has attracted some bright scientific minds, generated thoughtful discourse between the disparate camps, and put its public reputation on the line.

However, I would like to offer a critique regarding one of the later chapters, in which RTB provides a statistical breakdown of the different camps' predictive accuracy. Briefly, RTB earns 68 partially or completely fulfilled predictions while not accumulating a single partially or completely falsified prediction. The young earth and theistic evolution models generate a more mixed bag, with the strict naturalism model earning poor marks across the board.

To those who may be skeptical of RTB's predictive model, a 68-0 score card likely arouses suspicion. Immediately, whether intended or not, a more skeptical reader could justifiably feel as if the "deck is stacked". One could argue that even a legitimate scientific model should yield a few inconsistencies, unanswered questions, or unresolved dilemmas subject to future testing.

So, how was RTB's predictive accuracy assessed? Did it enlist an independent panel of scientists and theologians, from across the spectrum, to score various aspects of its model? Were fair-minded young earth creationists, atheistic evolutionists, and theistic evolutionists given a seat at the table to participate in the scorekeeping? Or, was the 68-0 score a product of the RTB scholar team, other old earth creationist scientists, and theologians predisposed to an old earth creationist interpretation?
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More than a Theory is the latest in the series by Reasons to Believe scholars that develop a testable scientific intelligent design model. While the design movement has focused on showing how detecting design is scientific and showing the flaws in the various naturalistic theories or origins, they have focused little on creating their own model.

This book spells out the predictions and basis for the design model and makes some comparisons to competing models. No longer can the True Believers of evolution claim design isn't science. If you have read Ross' book Creation As Science: A Testable Model Approach to End the Creation/evolution Wars, you will see a lot of similarities in this book. In many ways, this is an updated version of that book. While it focuses largely on the astronomy and physics end of the model, it reviews the biology points spelled out in more detail in Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man and Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off. The companion volume to More than a Theory is Ross' Why the Universe Is the Way It Is which addresses the "tough" questions that skeptics pose to Christians and design theorists.
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The basic premise of this important book by Hugh Ross is that a more constructive approach to present evidence for the Creator is to provide a testable model for creation, rather than try to poke holes in the evolutionary theory. Through providing a testable model for creation which is backed up by scientific research, a more convincing case can be made for Intelligent Design that will not alienate those who don't believe in ID; it will foster more constructive dialogue and present a convincing case for the hypothesis of a Creator.

Ross presents the Reason to Believe (henceforth RTB) testable model for creation. Ross defines science as the "pursuit of systematized knowledge and understanding about the way the universe, with its governing laws and all it contains, operates" (p. 18)

Ch. 1 Ross helps the reader understand what the RTB creation model is all about and the principles it abides by

Ch. 2 Ross gives an overview of the different viewpoints: Evolutionist, Young-Earth creationist, Intelligent Design movement, Old-Earth creationist, Theistic Evolutionist, Framework Theorists, Progressive Creationist, and Concordists.

Ch. 3 Ross discusses different strategies and approaches for discussing creation

Ch. 4-5 Detailed description of the Objective Testing Method and the resources and standards on which it is based.

Ch. 6 The Biblical Structure of the Creation Model -- based on 4 key points (Dual revelation, Creation purposes, Creation chronology, and Detectability of the divine)

Ch. 7 Putting the RTB's Model for the Cosmos to the Test

Ch. 8 Putting RTB's Model for Galaxies, Stars, and Planets to the Test

Ch. 9 Putting RTB's Model for Life's Beginning and Extraterrestrial homes to the test

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Creation by Natural Selection and Random Mutation:

Finally, we come to my least favorite Creationists, the kind of Creationist that I used to be! I had been duped, and I didn't even know it!

I can't help it, whenever the words "Creation" and "Creationist" are presented to me, Evolution by Natural Selection and Random Mutation tends to be the first thing that comes to mind nowadays!

Why?

It's because the Atheists and Darwinists take non-sentient, inanimate, non-living concepts like Evolution, Natural Selection, and Random Mutation, and then these Atheistic Darwinists anthropomorphise and deify Evolution, Natural Selection, and Random Mutations imbuing these lifeless concepts with teleology and powers of foresight, design, and creation! It was only a couple of years ago, when I as an atheist was doing the exact same thing. I, too, was taking Evolution, Natural Selection, and Random Mutations, turning them into gods, and imbuing them with the power to create new life forms from scratch! As an Atheistic Darwinist, I WAS that kind of Creationist! But, I'm not any more.

Clearly, I have changed, and my priorities have changed during the past year or so.

Science books -- like "Biological Information: New Perspectives" and "Genetic Entropy", along with Dr. Werner Gitt's books "In the Beginning Was Information" and "Without Excuse" and William Dembski's book "Being As Communion: A Metaphysics of Information" -- successfully convinced me that Natural Selection and Random Mutations are NOT gods; and thus, these books cured me of that particular brand of Creationism.
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