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Refuting Compromise: A Biblical and Scientific Refutation of "Progressive Creationism" (Billions of Years) As Popularized by Astronomer Hugh Ross Second Edition Edition

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"Genesis is foundational to all of Scripture, and so we must vigorously defend it as seriously as any other part of the Bible. Dr Sarfati has done an excellent job of critically analyzing and refuting the all-too-common compromise on Genesis by Christians today. As a leading proponent of the day-age theory and progressive creation, the astronomer Dr Hugh Ross is a major player in compromise. This book clearly demonstrates the serious biblical and scientific problems in the teachings of Hugh Ross. Refuting Compromise is a 'must read' for all Christians..." --Dr Danny Faulkner, (Full) Professor of Astronomy/Physics, University of South Carolina - Lancaster

About the Author

Born in Australia, Jonathan Sarfati moved to New Zealand as a child and later majored in chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington. In 1996, he returned to Australia and took a position as a research scientist and editorial consultant for the Creation Science Foundation in Brisbane. His first book, Refuting Evolution, has sold over 350,000 copies. He co-authored the best-selling The Answers Book, and is a former New Zealand Chess Champion.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Book Publishers; Second Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890514119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890514115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is to be congratulated! This is the finest synthesis of all the Biblical, linguistic, historic, grammatic, hermeneutic and established science evidence to rebut all the Genesis theories of interpretation that depart from the plain,
straightforward, natural intent of Moses in the text itself.
The interested reader only has to ask:
What did Moses himself intend to convey in Gen. 1-3 to his audience? What would a child or uneducated person think as to Moses' intention?
What did his audience from 1500BC until only recently plainly gather from Moses' depiction of a 6-day Creation?
When Moses mentions the River that flowed from Eden and separated into 4 tributaries, what did he mean by sequencing them: 'the name of the 1st was Pishon, the 2nd Gihon, the 3rd Tigris, the 4th Euphrates'? Do they stop being literal, normal rivers because they are sequenced in ordinal fashion? If they are still real, literal rivers, why would Moses' sequencing of ordinal days in the previous Chapter de-literalize the days?
Why do scholars and skeptics reinterpret Genesis' days as figurative, literary device, non-literal,etc. but not any OTHER references in the text: earth, sky, water, beasts, sun, moon, created, good, light, night, hover, seas?
This book is excellent in detail, in the whole and written with a charitable yet fact-marshalling spirit.
Parties on both sides will find much of value to challenge received presuppositions.
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This is the best book on the subject of how many Christians compromise with worldly scientific theories to interpret God's revelation. It's a dangerous position to be in. Instead of harmonizing the latest 'scientific' theories to God's Word, the Old Earthers are willing to change the Bible's clear meaning of 6 days and a recent Creation to accomodate to secular interpretation of scientific data.
Most unfortunate to see critics who are oblivious to attacks on the Bible and the church from WITHIN by Old Earthers like Dr. Ross.
When Christians start compromising with secular science the way Ross does in contradiction to the Bible's clear testimony, that is an attack on Scripture. The Word of God should never be subject to human scientific adjudication as to what to believe.
Remember, friends. God Himself was there at Creation. The Holy Spirit inspired Moses exactly how and what to write to us. 6 days means 6 days,not Ross' contrived 6 eons or 6 ages or 4.6 billion years, etc. If that's what Moses really meant to convey to the Hebrews and to all Church History up until Darwin's time, he sure went about it in an ambiguous way!
Remember, friends. Secular scientists and compromising Christians were NOT there at Creation. Too many believers are second-guessing the Holy Spirit's clear testimony and putting words and re-definitions revisionistically into God's mouth.
If the Bible says 6 days = Young Earth and 'science' or Ross says 6 eons/ages = Old Earth, dear readers, whom are you going to believe? The Holy Spirit through Moses or astrophysicist Ross and those willing to change the natural meaning of Genesis?
It's required of Christians not only to contend with attacks from outside the Faith, but also from the misguided, sincere-yet sincerely-deceived WITHIN the Faith as well.
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It is clear the prior reviewer has not read this book or its supporting material carefully. The mind was made up as anti- Young Earth (normal 6 days as Genesis naturally reads).
The author here demonstrates how powerful the Biblical and Scientific evidence (of settled, established Science, not the fabrications and contrived theories of Dr. Ross, et al) is for taking Genesis 1-11, especially Gen 1-2, in a straightforward, plain understanding as 6 ordinary days.
While it is clear many Christians struggle to reconcile Genesis with what they learned in school or from those claiming scientific authority, the Bible is well able to defend itself.
Much non-Darwinian data supports Young Earth, which is upsetting to some who can't handle contrary evidence and the resulting 'scientific discomfort'.
There is NO WAY Moses could have meant his 6 days were anything but - you guessed it - 6 days! The 2 million Hebrews he was writing Genesis for would never have come up with all the outlandish theories we have today, embraced by respectable theologians and scholars of all people!
I suspect when Moses wrote 'God', he meant God. When he wrote 'beginning', he meant beginning. 'Created' meant created.
'Heaven and earth' meant - you guessed it.
Look at all the nouns, verbs, adjectives Moses used. Why, friends, was Moses literal with all his vocabulary except yom (Hebrew for day)???
When explaining Genesis to a child, teenager or non-scientific person, what would they ordinarily gather Moses means? 6 days =
6 days.
It would be great to see Old Earthers try all their interpretive gymnastics about why 'day' means almost anything but day to the rest of Genesis 3-11. Try Chapter 4 where Cain says 'Today'. Or all the references to days in the Flood narrative.
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This book attempts to defend the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis as occurring in six 24 hour days a little more than 6000 years ago. In spite of Sarfati's claim that this has always been the position of the Christian church, the idea was discarded by most educated Christians by the 1940's. It was revived in 1961 in the book The Genesis Flood by Morris and Whitcomb, which was a valid critique of then current geophysical theories, which have all been discarded since plate tectonics made sense of geophysics.

However, Morris also took the position that all fossil bearing sedimentary geological layers were laid down at he time of the Genesis flood. Henry Morris was a personal friend of mine, but I couldn't agree. I had already seen rock formations that could not be explained in this way and have since seen many more.

Sarfati spends several chapters trying to prove that the days of Genesis have to be 24 hour days. He disregards Psalm 90 (attributed, probably correctly, to Moses) which warns us that God's days are not necessarily the same as our days, and may be much longer. Since there were no humans until the sixth day, the six were God's days. However, in this review my purpose is to carefully examine Sarfati's scientific claims, not his Biblical interpretations.

In chapter 8 (pp. 260-263) he endorses John Baumgardner's catastrophic plate tectonics theory of the Flood. This is based on computer simulation. As an engineer I use simulations regularly in my work. If you give a computer unrealistic input it won't correct you, it will just give you equally unrealistic answers. Let's give this model a reality check:

"Baumgardner's model begins with a pre-Flood super-continent.
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