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The Fourth Day: What the Bible and the Heavens are Telling Us about the Creation Paperback – March 3, 1986


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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (March 3, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802801781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802801784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Van Till, a professor of physics and astronomy at Calvin College, convincingly argues that those who present the creation/evolution controversy as an either/or issue are doing both religion and science a disservice. The two are compatible once one accepts Genesis as an explanation of God's relationship to man and the universe and not as a journalistic record of a past event. Creation and evolution are actually the answers to two separate questions; Creation explains the status of the material world while evolution explains its temporal development. This readable and informative attempt to reconcile Scripture and science while avoiding (and yet lucidly explaining) the pitfalls of Creation Science is highly recommended. D. Stephen Rockwood, Mt. St. Mary's Coll., Emmitsburg, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It summarizes the entire book!!!
R. M. Williams
It is a very challenging book and opens ones mind to see things in a much broader perspective.
David & Darlene Noden
I have read dozens of books on creation and cosmology -- this is one of the best.
Randy Given

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Williams on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Like the German Green's motto " neither Right nor Left but OUT IN FRONT" this book takes on both sides of the CED debate.
and in doing so moves the whole discussion into a new higher level:
---quote---
"It is my contention that neither the scriptural nor the scientific view of the cosmos is complete in itself, despite the fact that each view contributes an essential perspective on the complete reality. Through the spectacles of scriptual exegesis, we Christians see the cosmos as Creation: we see where it stands in relationship to God the Creator,who is its Originator, Preserver, Governor, and Provider. Through the lens of scientific investigation, natural scientists are able to observe the internal affairs of the material world--its coherent properties, its lawful behavior, and its authentic history. Both views are integral parts of what I call the 'creationomic perspective,' the view of the cosmos that is gained when natural science is place in the framework of the biblical doctrine of creation." preface pg ix
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The take home message is simple enough:
God is Creator, Sustainer, Law-Giver, and Provider.
The best way to read the book is to xerox the chart on pg 198 and keep it at your elbow. It summarizes the entire book!!!
To Scripture you address questions of external relationships:
Status Origin Goverance Value Purpose
To Science you address questions of internal affairs:
Properties Behavior History
This in a single table is the argument of the book, but to understand the critical component: the categories of questions you need to hear the example he uses.
Holding up a piece of paper, he asks you to describe it, one voice answers GREEN, another offers SQUARE. pg 204-5 The paper is in fact, both.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
In college I took Howard Van Till's course in Advanced Astronomy and observed first-hand some of the research that went into this book. In person, Van Till is one of the most committed physicists and christians that I know. He takes a substantial amount of talent, integrity and faith and spreads the light for all. The Christian world has given him mixed reviews because many of them are strict "six day" creationists, which Van Till is not. You will be hard pressed to question his physics and he shows the flaws in many simple-faith approaches. I have read dozens of books on creation and cosmology -- this is one of the best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe on March 31, 2000
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It's a shame this book is out of print. The book is divided into three parts: The first describes what the Bible tells us about Creation and the Cosmos. The second details evidences gleaned from the study of the Cosmos, in particular, astronomy. The third section offers a new perspective on the relationship between science and religion, in constrast to a traditional young-earth creationist perspective.
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It is a very challenging book and opens ones mind to see things in a much broader perspective. I have deeply appreciated the content in that it presents in a very honest way some of the answers to controversies that prevail in some conservative circles regarding creation. The arguments are sound and i strongly recommend that they be carefully studied
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Howard J. Van Till is a professor of physics and astronomy at Calvin College. He is also a contributor to books such as Three Views on Creation and Evolution, Science Held Hostage: What's Wrong With Creation Science and Evolutionism, Science & Christianity: Four Views (Spectrum Multiview Book Series Spectrum Multiview Book Serie), and Portraits of Creation: Biblical and Scientific Perspectives on the World's Formation.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1986 book, "This book is addressed to those who want to take both the Bible and the Creation seriously, to those who, like myself, are vitally concerned first to get clear and accurate views of the cosmos through scriptural exegesis and scientific investigation and then to form a unified, coherent perspective that incorporates both views."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"The Bible is ascientific; it expresses no interest in either ancient or modern science." (Pg. 60)
"The days of the Genesis 1 story are clearly ordinary solar days. There is nothing in the story itself to indicate that they should be thought of as any other time period...
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