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Two Stage Biblical Creation: Uniting Biblical Insights Uncovered by Ten Notable Creation Theories Paperback – March 1, 2008

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About the Author

Thomas Patrick Arnold, Ph.D., enjoys the Bible and the creation. He has studied Bible and biology at Columbia Bible College, Wheaton College, COD, UNC, and NIU. He taught science and the Bible. Tom founded a small company and completed an M.R.E. at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, an M.A. and Th.M at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. at Universiteit van die Vrystaat. His dissertation was "A Theological Evaluation of Ten Major Creation Theories." He published articles "Sharing the Gospel across Language Barriers Using Multilingual Bible Software," "How Can We with Confidence Adequately Understand God's Word?" and "Tailoring Apologetics to Evangelize." He has read papers on creation at the Evangelical Theological Society. He is an ordained pastor. He and his wife do archaeological work in Tiberius, Israel, under Hebrew University. They have published photography from Israel. He speaks on God as Creator, the foundation of Biblical theology, evangelism, and world view.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Arnold Publishing (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097989610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979896101
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,746,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of a 576-page version of this book which does not have the words "Volume 1" on the cover. The book is organized as follows: introduction, discussion of ten creation theories and how their claims do or do not match up against the Bible, discussion of the author's Two Stage Biblical Creation theory, discussion of nineteen "minor" creation theories, how the eleven creation theories match up against his four diagnostic questions, and conclusion. The author identifies the ten creation theories plus his own and their principal proponents as:
1. Pre-Creation Chaos Theory (Bruce Waltke)
2. Title or Summary Theory (Bruce Waltke)
3. Literary Framework Theory (Meredith Kline and Lee Irons)
4. Initial Chaos Theory (Mark Rooker)
5. Young Earth Scientific Creationism Theory (Henry Morris, Ken Ham, etc.)
6. Day-Age, Old Earth, Progressive Creationism Theory (Hugh Ross, Gleason Archer, etc.)
7. Theistic Big Bang and Relativistic Days Theory (Gerald Schroeder)
8. Creation Revealed in Six Days Theory (P. J. & D. J. Wiseman)
9. Gap or Creation-Ruin-Restoration Theory (Thomas Chalmers & George Pember)
10. Historical Land Creationism Theory (John Sailhamer)
11. Two Stage Biblical Creation Theory (Thomas Arnold)

The author examines each of the eleven creation theories with respect to biblically supported claims, biblically unsupported claims, and claims for which the Bible is silent. He continuously refers to writers who agree or disagree with each point he is making, backed up by 1,324 foootnotes documenting the source of each viewpoint. Unfortunately, this approach results in much repetition and a text that does not flow smoothly.

His four diagnostic questions are: (1) Long days or normal days? (2) Chaos or ex nihilo creation?
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