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Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? Paperback – July 18, 2008
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Dr. Alexander then tackles his subject systematically, starting with biblical interpretation, then the biblical doctrine of creation, then three chapters on "What do we mean by evolution?" His discussion of the supporting evidence for evolution is the best and most up-to-date that I've yet seen in the popular press. He then spends a chapter defending evolution against common objections, such as:
* Evolution is a chance process and this is incompatible with the God of the Bible bringing about his purposeful plan of creation.
* The theory of evolution is not truly scientific because it does not involve repeatable experiments in the laboratory.
* Evolution runs counter to the second law of thermodynamics.
* Perhaps God makes things took old, although in reality they are much younger, in order to test our faith.
* What use is half an eye?
* Surely if evolution were true, God would have simply told us so in his Word so that we don't need to have all this discussion.
* Perhaps God made the original kinds by special acts of creation which then underwent rapid evolution to generate the species diversity that we see today.
In bringing together Adam & Eve and evolution, he presents the same five models (A-E) that he described in his paper at the joint meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation and Christians-in-Science in Edinburgh in 2007.Read more ›
The book echoes echoes thoughts from Michael Ruse (Can a Darwinian be a Christian?) who from a philosophical background shows that Christian faith and evolutionary biology are compatible, and Francis Collins (The Mind of God) who also has no problem reconciling his biological knowledge and his belief in God.
Alexander is particularly good at showing how DNA changes can generate genetic diversity which is the substrate for evolution. He also shows how natural selection is likely to be a conservative force on most occasions.
Alexander takes evolution back to its original role as a biological theory that explained the formation of new species from existing ones. As such evolution is a powerful theory, with great explanatory power. His account of species formation, and the examples provided are excellent.
Alexander is also good at showing how the idea of evolution has been exteneded to ends far beyond its biological use. The right with its belief in survival of the fittest businesses and individuals, the left with its idea of human perfectibility and inevitable historical progress, the Nazis with their idea of "lives not fit to be lived", the atheist materialist who must deny any idea of design or purpose all use evolution far beyond its intended, or valid, remit.Read more ›
In the spirit of Newbigin's conclusions above, Alexander approaches the scientific task with a firm faith in God as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. He speaks passionately throughout this book of "God's patience and his power in bringing the present created order into being through the evolutionary process." (p. 190) "There is nothing in the created order without exception that is not created and sustained by God." (p.Read more ›
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Denis Alexander rightly corrects the misconceptions some conservative Christians have about Darwinian Evolution. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Kevin Oneill
Very refreshing for Christians ( or anyone) who don't have a background in biology or science, but find Creationism suffocating.Published on July 18, 2013 by Daniel E. Chase
Originally I thought that maybe this book was saying that how God created the many species on Earth was not an important thing for many followers of Jesus to decide. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by W. Roundy
Whilst I certainly don't agree with all of Alexander's conclusions, I think that this book remains a well informed, articulate, wide ranging and sincere contribution to the debate... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Alec Beattie
I am really enjoying reading this book. It has given me a lot to think about. The author is very thorough in his discussion of topics and he has answered most of my questions. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by anna rice
I only read this book because I started to read the counter-argument (Should Christians Embrace Evolution: Biblical & Scientific Responses) which was on a Creationist bookstall,... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by T Holton
This book is written by a man well qualified to discuss both sides of the creation-evolution debate. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Truthseeker
This book is an excellent read. I wish every churchgoer would read it. It addresses the many misinterpretations that have hurt the church.Published on May 2, 2012 by Paulidoodles