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Can We Believe Genesis Today?: The Bible and the Questions of Science Paperback – January 18, 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (January 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851116582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851116587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Ernest Lucas is one of a small group of people with earned doctorates in science and theology. His book is a refreshingly readable summary of the current state of interpretation of science and interpretation of Genesis. First published in 1989 as "Genesis Today," it has been updated and expanded in the current (third) edition. It is a good summary of the scholarship up to around year 2000.

The book covers Genesis 1-11, including the two creation accounts, the Fall, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, though it's a bit skimpy on the Flood.

Lucas supports the Framework Interpretation, which he refers to as the literary-cultural approach, without ever using the word "framework," possibly because the first edition of his book was published in 1989, which pre-dates the common usage of the term "framework interpretation."
Lucas sums up the situation well on p. 182: "Our understanding of anything, including the Bible, is never perfect. What is more . . . science is always only an approximation to ultimate reality. If our interpretation of the Bible agreed perfectly with the modern science of today, it almost certainly would not agree with the modern science of tomorrow! The really important thing is that we should understand exactly what Genesis teaches."

This book was obviously written for laymen: no footnotes, just a short "Further Reading" list at the end of each chapter. As a result, a lot of statements are made without direct reference to sources. Documentation for his statements is sparse.

This book is further demonstration that the Brits and the Canadians are ahead of the Americans in integrating biological evolution and the Bible.
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