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The Nature Of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science (Biblical Challenges in Contemporary World) Paperback – August 30, 2013

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  • Series: Biblical Challenges in Contemporary World
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing (August 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844657256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844657254
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For anyone interested in what the Bible can bring to the sometimes bewildering dialogue between science and theology, Harris's study is a must. His discussion is both lively and lucid." - William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA

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Mark Harris is Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on April 8, 2014
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Mark Harris begins by noting that the science-religion debate “has tended to take place on scientific grounds, focusing on the interpretation of scientific data and theories rather than the interpretation of Scripture.” His discussion of creation, God and time, the Fall, original sin, suffering and evil, and eschatology very much takes place on theological grounds.

His discussion of creation includes an extensive discussion of God and time, the three-tiered model of the cosmos, and the relationships of the Big Bang model and biological evolution with God’s transcendence and immanence. He describes Genesis 1 as “a theological portrait of God as creator before it is anything else.” (p. 49)

The best part of the book (for me, at least) was the extensive and helpful discussion of historical Adam, the Fall, and the nature of original sin. Chapter 7 on the Fall is an excellent discussion of current view. It begins with a correct explanation of Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam. Harris notes that Neolithic Adam and homo divinus are entirely theological (as opposed to scientific) distinctions.

Citing Henri Blocher, he suggests that the key interpretive question is whether the apostle Paul regarded Adam and the Fall as historical or not, and whether his theology of atonement requires it. The problem is that, contrary to popular belief, Genesis 2-3 does not say that Adam’s sin actually introduced death into the world. He mentions Augustine’s reliance on a faulty Latin translation of Romans 5:12, reading it as “in whom all sinned,” rather than ”because all sinned” as in the original Greek text.
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