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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Faith Alive Christian Resources; 2nd edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159255573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592555734
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Haarsmas approach this very controversial topic with a perfect mix of scientifically and biblically accurate information, theological depth, intellectual modesty, and a charitable spirit toward views they do not share themselves. Pastors, laypeople, and scientists will all find much to value here." --Edward B. Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College

"Origins, Revised presents a perspective on origins of the universe, the earth, life on earth, and of humans that is faithful to the Bible and to science. In an easy to understand style of writing, the Haarsmas' provide a valuable resource for schools, churches, and anyone interested in origins." --Randall D Isaac, Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation

"The Haarsmas provide a comprehensive perspective on science and its challenges viewed through a lens of firm belief in God, which illuminates the issues and offers straight ways forward. Christians will be encouraged by their faithful and convincing approach." --Daniel M. Harrell, PhD, Senior minister of Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota, Author of "Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith"

"Origins, Revised presents a perspective on origins of the universe, the earth, life on earth, and of humans that is faithful to the Bible and to science. In an easy to understand style of writing, the Haarsmas' provide a valuable resource for schools, churches, and anyone interested in origins." --Randall D Isaac, Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation

"The Haarsmas provide a comprehensive perspective on science and its challenges viewed through a lens of firm belief in God, which illuminates the issues and offers straight ways forward. Christians will be encouraged by their faithful and convincing approach." --Daniel M. Harrell, PhD, Senior minister of Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota, Author of "Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith"

About the Author

Loren and Deborah Haarsma are professors in the physics and astronomy department at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Deborah researches galaxies and cosmology; Loren studies electrical activity of nerve cells. Together they have explored the science and theology of origins, speaking at numerous conferences, colleges, and churches.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacci on April 12, 2012
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This book helps debunk the idea that all Christians must be anti-evolution. It reminds us to listen to each other as Christians and to listen to our Christian brothers and sisters who are Scientists. The well reasoned arguments help expand our thinking about questions of Origins. The science is simple enough to understand yet complex enough to be compelling. Thanks to the authors (Haarsma)and publishers.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Tanis on January 7, 2012
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If you are concerned about the controversial interplay of science and religion related to origins, the Haarsma's treatment of the topic will help outline the plethora of positions taken by scientists and theologians. The various perspectives are carefully outlined for the reader along with excellent study questions and good on-line resources. The book would work well for small group studies.
David Tanis
Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry (retired)
Grand Valley State University
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hayes on January 6, 2014
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Got this book to help answer some questions I was trying to work through. Helped a lot! Get this if you're seeking after the Lord, pretty firm in your faith, but otherwise unsure how to understand current scientific principles and revelations from a biblical perspective.

I used to be an ardent young-earth creationist, but after some pre-med courses and one genetics course in particular, I realized that it just wasn't correct. By the grace of God the foundational shift that came from that realization didn't break my faith or cause me to stumble. I worked along with a hodge podge understanding of evolution and the Bible, but didn't have any sort of coherent theory or understanding that tied everything together. I knew that God's word and the truths he reveals through his creation didn't (and couldn't!) conflict, but that was about it.

A conversation with a guy at my church who reminds me a lot of myself earlier on recently made me realize a lot of the gaps in my own understanding. After a brief thought that I would try and write a small paper on the topic myself to help organize my thoughts, I came to Amazon looking for and hoping that someone else had beat me to it. And they had! Praise the Lord!

The Haarsma's are demonstratedly capable scientists, teachers, and Christians. Very hard to find all three of those things in the Church these days. They humbly, gently, intelligently, and skillfully work their way through the different beliefs that Christians have regarding where humans (and the world, for that matter) came from.

Again, this is an excellent book. It requires a good bit of careful consideration, Bible reading, and reliance on God to work through, but it's well worth it!

God bless!

- Chris
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Randy A. Stadt on February 9, 2013
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As much as I enjoyed some of the issues that the authors dealt with, such as the age of the earth and the early chapters of Genesis, I was frustrated by their lack of engagement with what I consider to be the primary issue in the whole creation/evolution controversy, and that is the issue of creation itself.

Are the concepts of design and creation meaningful within the field of science itself? In the early centuries of science, the years of Galileo and Newton, they certainly were. But with the rise of a closed, mechanistic view of the universe and Darwin's seemingly plausible account for the history of biology, design was seen as apparent only, counterfeited by purely natural processes. And so design and creation were unceremoniously booted out of the natural sciences and into the realm of religious belief. The question is, what about today? Was Darwin right?

The authors certainly think so. But just what is "evolution"? They are right in pointing out that the word has several meanings. However, I believe they are mistaken in identifying the primary meaning with common ancestry rather than the process which would account for common ancestry. Certainly common ancestry is necessary for evolution, but it is not sufficient. How do I know this? Because not only is common ancestry compatible with evolution, but also with intelligent design. Evolution is not so much about the "that" question of common ancestry, but about the "how" question. The theory of evolution purports to give the mechanism explaining "how" organisms evolved one from another. So to give all the evidence that they do to establish common descent is all well and good as far as it goes, but it does nothing to distinguish the theory of evolution from the theory of intelligent design.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Braun on March 6, 2014
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The Haarsmas did us a favor by putting this great book out to the church on the many questions surrounding Creation, Science and Genesis. I'm presently re-reading Augustin's "City of God" once again and am amazed how even back in the 5th century this great Christian theologian brings up the same issues on Genesis in a very similar way as the Haarsmas do in their book "Origins".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger D Roberts on January 7, 2014
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It was simple enough for me to understand and also comprehensive in treating the subject matter. It would be a very useful book for a study group. Different perspectives are presented fairly and always in an irenic tone.
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By Tanner L on March 14, 2014
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This book presents a very Christian worldview on evolution and the Earth's history. I truly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the topics.
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