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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Parker is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Oxford University, and one of the eight "Scientists for a New Century" selected by the Royal Institution (London). He is the author of In the Blink of an Eye. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Some view this restoration as being six literal days, some do not.
D. Edward Tench
Having just read a book that documents the very reasons why Evolution can't work, I have to admit that I'm not the most un-biased reader around.
Luke Strickland
Thus he implies that creationism and intelligent design is not rational.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eva Peck on April 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Evolution AND God?
Andrew Parker, a broad-based biological scientist, who is up-to-date on the latest understanding of evolutionary evidence, proposes that yes, there is room for both -evolution and God. Scientists and theologians don't need to fight and argue any longer. The Bible isn't at odds with scientific findings after all, and therefore can be trusted.

Some of Parker's professional colleagues, including Professors John Lennox, Alister McGrath, and Alan Millard at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, all well-versed in religion, inspired him to further explore the science versus theology controversy.

In the Genesis Enigma, Parker weaves together his insights from Christian art, biblical archaeology, development of the biblical texts, and evolutionary science to arrive at a stunning conclusion: The Old Testament is true, and more specifically, the Genesis 1 creation sequence corresponds to the current scientific understanding of life's evolutionary history.

After establishing the validity of the Old Testament through archaeological findings in Chapter 1, Parker devotes each of Chapters 2-8 to the main events of Genesis 1. He carefully documents the history of the various fossil discoveries and the resultant evolutionary thought and conclusions regarding the stages of life on earth. To his own surprise, he discovers a match between the sequence of creation events in Genesis and the modern scientific account of how the universe and life came to be. It needs to be mentioned, however, that in some cases the correspondence between the Genesis creation account and scientific understanding of origins is not as clear cut as Parker tries to convince the reader.

In the last chapter, Parker examines the place of God amidst the scientific evidence.
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43 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robbins on November 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Parker is a well-known and respected scientist. His knowledge of evolution and the Big Bang is extremely impressive, and in his new book, The Genesis Enigma, Parker attempts to show how a metaphorical reading of Genesis 1 actually has numerous parallels to the scientific understanding of world. Eventually, Parker posits some views on how science and religion can coexist, finding room for God to fit within the boundaries laid out by scientific thought.

In theory (no pun intended), this was an interesting idea for a book. The "Battle over the Beginning" has been fought for years, and I was mildly interested to read a book that claimed to find a middle ground. What I found this book to be instead was a science textbook that explains the origins of the universe from the Big Bang on, then uses some extremely questionable exegesis to say that the Bible agrees with the science. I say questionable because, for example, connecting the mention of "lights" in Genesis 1:14 to the development of sight was very unconvincing. What you basically have is a scientific history book (both of the earth and the scientists who developed the theories behind evolution) with a few theological claims tacked onto the end.

Two things were exceedingly evident to me as I read this book: 1) Parker has an immense knowledge of science and can explain complex theories quite well. 2) He is not a theologian and does not understand the theological implications of most of his claims as he attempts to reconcile religion and science. He clearly doesn't believe the Bible is God's Word, and he just doesn't seem to understand why Christians would have a hard time with even the claim that God just created the energy for the Big Bang and then stepped back to watch.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julia Bloom on March 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to echo some of the other reviewers' sentiments - Parker is a gifted scientist and communicator, so I learned a lot about biological history. I suppose this is especially valuable to me since I never received a basic education in evolution, growing up under young-earth creationist teachings. His discussion of the development of the first eye was inspiring! What a dramatic moment in the history of life, and in my mind a very plausible explanation for the pre-Cambrian explosion. Like the other reviewers,though, I find his attempt to equate the development of the eye with "lights" in the Genesis account to feel strained a bit beyond belief.

Still, there are enough other odd components to the Genesis creation account to make his basic idea worth considering. God told the earth to "bring forth life"? Focus on life in the sea by a landlocked ancient writer? Interesting.

Parker's discussion of whether religion and science need conflict was also very interesting to me, as was the appendix,a study of the authorship of the Pentateuch.

If you're intrigued by the basic thesis of the book, I don't think you'll be disappointed by reading it.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By OtherWorlds&Wisdom on December 27, 2010
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Evolutionists dismiss Genesis as a fable because they believe one has to read it as "seven 24hr days" (we have the young-earth creationists to thank for that, who have people thinking there is no other choice, there is: A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy. Many turn to theistic evolution because they are told the only other choice is young-earthism). Parker is one of the few evolutionists who admit that Genesis is true. In that way, this book is groundbreaking. He shows how science and Genesis do agree. However, it is clear that he uncritically follows evolution and overlooks its problems. There's little evidence in this book that he has ever left the bubble of evolution and studied the critics. This is common among evolutionists, just compare their books to those supporting intelligent design. The latter see well-versed in evolution, but the former often never do more than a superficial study (if that).

Take the reviews of this book: "astounding" & "compelling and convincing." You guys should get out more. Over ten years ago astronomer Hugh Ross wrote The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis reconciling Genesis and science. In many ways it is the superior book, especially since Ross shows a much better understanding of all sides and the biblical texts themselves.

So while Parker's book is a big step in the right direction, it has many flaws. Here is a brief survey (of the paperback edition): Page xv: He implies religion is for "comfort" and is about "faith" and not being objective.
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