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When Faith and Science Collide: A Biblical Approach to Evaluating Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Age of the Earth Paperback – May 1, 2009

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Malius Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982048602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982048603
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Davidson earned a B.S. in Geology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology from the University of Arizona before joining the faculty in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi in 1996. Professor Davidson teaches, consults, and conducts original research in geochemistry and hydrogeology, often employing radiometric dating methods to determine the age of groundwater and sediment. Research projects have ranged from the very practical, such as age-dating lake sediments to determine if erosion control measures have been effective, to less practical but more intriguing problems like studying why cypress trees that grow in water year-round grow more when it rains.

While enjoying geology and the pursuit of scientific understanding, Dr. Davidson's first love is Christ and His kingdom. Ultimately, science is nothing more than the effort to increase our understanding and appreciation of God's amazing handiwork.

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His writing is concise, well organized and fun to read.
Larry A. Rosenmann
One will still need faith to believe in the existence of God, but results of I.D. may show that faith in the existence of God is "reasonable".
G. Readore
Mr. Davidson is clearly a committed Christian believer, who clearly embraces scriptural inerrancy.
Alan C. Shook, Jr.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Buchman on November 13, 2009
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Dr. Davidson's book "When Faith & Science Collide" is a refreshing addition to the spectrum of work that has been recently published on the subject Science and Creation. Davidson has focused his book on a Christian audience caught up in the warfare dichotomy stemming primarily from the interpretation of Genesis 1-11. The issues encompass the history, science and concordism of scripture written about God's act of creation in the first book of the Bible.

There are a variety of positions Christians choose on the subject, but the warfare exists primarily between Christians in the field of natural science (Evolutionary Creationists) and those that adhere to strict Biblical interpretation of the six day creation (Young Earth Creationists).

The book sets the stage with a young scientist torn between accepting the academic training he received in college vs. a literal interpretation of scripture offered by a friend. As with most individuals schooled in various fields of science, the young former Christian made what he thought was the only logical choice and went with reason rather than a "fundamental" Christian worldview. Here lies the purpose of the book. Davidson developed the following simple model to evaluate the conflict, "There are three questions that should be asked any time a scientific theory appears to conflict with scripture.
1) Does the infallibility of scripture rest on a literal interpretation of the verses in question?
2) Does the science conflict with the intended message of the scripture?
3) Is the science credible?"

Dr. Davidson is a respected Geologist residing at the University of Mississippi.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Rosenmann on October 8, 2009
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A very close friend recently told me:

"One of the primary reasons I abandoned my faith was seeing Christians trying so hard to use science and logic to prove their beliefs ... and failing completely."

As believers, we work hard to find and remove the rough edges in our lives that might be a stumbling block for non-believers who are be considering our faith. Often, the hardest ones to find are flaws in our own character that make these edges so abrasive. But if we truly want to effectively share our faith, we keep asking God to help us find and remove them. Based on my friend's comment, I think we also need to ask God to help us find and remove the abrasive flaws in our theology.

Obviously, there are certain stumbling blocks found in scripture, like the existence of a loving God while we live in a world that is full of evil, disease and death; or the message that salvation comes only through faith in Christ. these are absolutely non-negotiable and essential to our faith. But there are others, like the timing of the rapture, that are based on our personal interpretation of scripture. And despite the fact that they aren't really essential to the faith, they have caused irreparable damage within the church, for as long as that church has existed.

The issues of evolution and the age of the earth clearly fall into this second category. But for many non-believers the idea that we don't believe in evolution is the only thing they know (or think they know) about what we believe. Given that, it's imperative that we, as believers, carefully study the scriptures and the scientific evidence to see what they really have to say to us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on August 17, 2010
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In addition to the excellent comments by the previous reviewers, I would like to add that Chapter 8 (The Credibility of Modern Science) contains very good discussions of transitional fossils and the evolution of man, and that Chapter 9 (Creation Science - The War of Words) is possibly the best and the best organized discussion I have read of the issues that come up when Young Earth Creationists try to use science to defend their rigid literal interpretation of Genesis. The author discusses eight different ways in which Young Earth Creationists present information to make something true sound ridiculous, or something false sound quite plausible: (1) Misuse of terms, (2) Misapplication of scientific laws or principles, (3) Half truths, (4) Misuse of probability calculations, (5) Hiding the forest behind the trees, (6) Misleading quotations, (7) Non-evolution evolution, and (8) The 10 to 20 year lag. The author discusses each way with examples.

I highly recommend this book for Young Earth Creationists, any Christian wondering about evolution, and especially for non-YEC Christians who have tried to counter "scientific" arguments in support of Young Earth Creationism.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan C. Shook, Jr. on September 15, 2010
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I'm a Reformed Christian whose understanding of the whole creation/evolution controversy has (pun intended) "evolved" over the years. Like another reviewer, my vocation has nothing directly to do with these issues, and I admittedly struggle with grappling scientific concepts; however I have long had an interest in holding a basically true understanding about the issues in question in this controversy, even if I don't have an exhaustive understanding.

Until my college years approximately, I was a young-earth creationist, because at the time, I thought this was the only valid option for a Christian who takes the Bible seriously. Later I began reading enough old-earth creationist literature (Hugh Ross, Alan Hayward, Don Stoner) to convince me that a lot of YEC arguments were not only weak, many of them were dishonest. I began to think that YEC apologists were in large part NOT interested in pursuing TRUTH at any cost, but only in defending their BELIEFS at any cost; there is a difference. In the process, their Christian witness, I'm afraid to say, was largely destroyed, as many apologists have resorted to dishonest tactics, mockery and outright slander. Old earth creationists like Hugh Ross may still be wrong about some things, but my impression from the tone of their writings is that they are much more respectful and fair when dealing with the arguments with which they disagree.

This book well disarms the so-called arguments of the YEC movement. And now, after reading Dr. Davidson's fine book, I can see in ways I could have never have seen before, that evolution is quite possibly compatible with the Bible. I am not sure I am a convinced "theistic evolutionist" (or however you would like to term it), but I admit that the evidence is considerable.
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