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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (May 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596382309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596382305
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Helpful to [anyone] who wants to expose their thinking to top-quality, cutting-edge arguments." --Richard A. Carhart, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Illinois, Chicago

"The experts in science and theology who have contributed [these] chapters . . . will be very helpful to Christians who are struggling to sort out conflicting claims and arrive at the truth." --Phillip E. Johnson, Author of Darwin on Trial, Cofounder of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture

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I am glad that I finally read this excellent book.
Nick D
And I would hope that Greg Haslam, RT Kendall and the others would also agree that their understanding of God is imperfect too.
Mr. T Holton
What I found is a book that offers a series of biblical and scientific responses to the question of evolution.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clarke on August 2, 2011
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This book is a concerted multi-author attack on a well known book, by Denis Alexander: "Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose". Despite the unity provided by the single enemy, the book is very diverse, covering a broad span of theological and scientific subjects, and with chapters of unequal merit. I here focus on just the two chapters on molecular genetics, by Geoff Barnard. I would have preferred not to give a star-rating, because I do not feel competent to review all aspects of the book, but the Amazon website requires one. Therefore, in view of the faults of Barnard's chapters, and some other weaknesses that I notice at a more superficial level, I give it only two stars.

The two chapters by Geoff Barnard have a common aim: to refute the claim that man and higher apes have a common ancestry. In my opinion both chapters are seriously inadequate, for the reasons that follow.

Chapter 9C ("Chromosome Fusion and Common Ancestry"), the first of Barnard's two chapters, deals with the claim of Alexander (and virtually all evolutionary biologists) that DNA sequences provide strong evidence that chromosome 2 of humans was formed by the fusion of two ancestral chromosomes that persist in chimpanzees and other modern apes (designated 12 and 13, or in modern papers 2p and 2q). Alexander's argument is that chimpanzee chromosome 2p is strongly homologous with one part of human chromosome 2, that chromosome 2q is strongly homologous with the other part, and that the joining region in humans contains telomere sequences that would normally be at the end of a chromosome but are found in the middle of human chromosome 2, exactly as one would predict from the chromosome fusion hypothesis. Barnard accepts all of this!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T Holton on July 21, 2012
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This grabbed my attention because the numerous authors include a reliable evangelical `big name' (the much-loved RT Kendal) and a Professor of Genetics from a top university who all argue against Evolutionary Creation. Given that I have a negative gut reaction to being `related' to chimps and I don't want to compromise my orthodoxy, I had to read it!

But I only give 2 stars for this book - primarily because it fails in its intended purpose of providing rebuttal to the ideas in another book (Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? by Denis Alexander) - in fact several of the authors appear to have not read the book they oppose properly.

For example, in chapter 1 Alistair Donald writes about the `utter randomness' (p16), the `purely chance element that is arguably intrinsic to [evolutionary] theory' (p17). Several of the other authors also condemn evolution because of its randomness. I am very surprised because on p322 of DA's book he says, `evolution is far from being a chance process. It is tightly organised and highly constrained.' In fact DA makes the point about evolution not being random many times in the book and even develops interesting insights from recent research suggesting that evolution might be predictable! DA also argues that Christians think of God as being sovereign over apparently random events in any case (eg. the weather). So I don't understand why these authors would publish a counter argument which so explicitly fails to register DA's views, but instead just propagates tired, old and unjustified complaints about evolution.

RT Kendal refers to Heb 11:3 `...things which are seen were not made of things that do appear' from which he concludes, `one cannot hold to evolution and creation ex nihilo at the same time' (p112). I don't understand.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nord S Isacson on February 7, 2012
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"Should Christians Embrace Evolution?" was highlighted in WORLD magazine as one of a pair of books that made their book of the year recommendation in 2011. It deserves that kudo.

The book's primary strength is in raising questions about how the premises of evolution integrate with Christian theology. Some examples follow:
1. Is death, suffering, and disease normative (evolution) or an aberration (creation)?
2. Does faith require external evidence to be credible (evolution), or is faith internal and thus prior to external experience (creation)?
3. What does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God? Is it just a spiritual encounter with God (evolution), or does it include the totality of life, both spiritual and physical (creation)?
4. Was there an ideal state at the beginning of the world that causes us to anticipate an ideal state at the end of time?
5. Is there a sudden intervention at the end of time in Christ's return that mirrors a sudden intervention at the beginning of time?
6. Do the spoken miracles of Jesus (i.e. turning water into wine) parallel the spoken miracle of creation in Genesis?
7. Is it possible that the physical attributes of life in the Garden of Eden were fundamentally different than life as we know it now after the fall of mankind?

The strength of this book is to ask if there is a foundational split or dichotomy between the physical and spiritual aspects of life. If yes, evolution is fine. If no, creation works.
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