The authors of this study are distressed that many people, from scientists to judges, define creationism as a religious view rather than a legitimate scientific theory, and they attempt to redeem it as a science. (It is worth noting that both authors hold doctorates, one in chemistry and one in astronomy.) Early on, they state they define a creationist as "anyone who believes in the existence of a supernatural Creator," but it quickly becomes clear that in fact they mean something much narrower. Their model posits that God created the first people, Adam and Eve; that humanity began in a specific geographic location, the Garden of Eden; and that this creation took place between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago. They then marshal evidence from various disciplines, such as archaeology and astronomy, to support their views. They also argue that "changes in Earth's cosmic radiation environment" have dramatically decreased human lifespan-thus it is wholly plausible that people once lived the 100-plus years of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs. The authors depart from their scientific grid only to toss out a canard common in evolution-versus-creation debates: the insistence that adopting a "naturalistic process of evolutionary descent" leads to a world stripped of meaning. Rana and Ross are to be commended for purging their prose of unnecessary scientific jargon; the writing is clear enough that a lay-person can follow along. Nonetheless, this book is unlikely to persuade anyone who is not already in agreement with the authors' views.
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So thorough. So fluid. There is so much I didn't know about the science behind paleoanthropology. Fazale is extremely gracious in helping the reader navigate through a ton of data... Read morePublished 5 months ago by D.A. Fluker II
Very much the thinking man's approach to mankind's origins, it assumes considerable scientific knowledge and understanding of its processes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Fergusson
It's a great tool for Christian parents who WILL get that question from their children: "Are we related to monkeys?" This book has Bible-based answers that are reasonable.Published 11 months ago by Kara M. Tait
Fazale Rana is Executive Vice President of Research & Apologetics for Reasons to Believe (RTB), and has written/cowritten other books such as The Cell's Design: How Chemistry... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steven H Propp
Could science actually prove the Genesis story of Adam and Eve? Scientists Hugh Ross and Fuzale Rana have produced a book in which they look at the Biblical story and compare it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
Clearly a young earth creation model is intellctual suicide. Who was Adam? answers so many of those hard questions that often keep people away from the bibles account of creation... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nick O'Brien
In my earlier Christian years I was exposed only to young-earth Creationism: Ken Ham, Kent Hovind, Henry Morris, etc. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Steve J. Williams