- Paperback: 187 pages
- Publisher: Navpress Pub Group (March 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891097767
- ISBN-13: 978-0891097761
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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Creation and Time: A Biblical and Scientific Perspective on the Creation-Date Controversy Paperback – March 1, 1994
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As Hugh Ross described in his last book, The Creator and the Cosmos (1993), the present generation is the first to be successful in measuring the universe, resulting in scientific admission of an omnipotent Creator. This news, which should be exciting to the religious community, is receiving more opposition from Christians than from secular scientists. Why? Because it defies the commonly held Christian belief in a recently created universe. In an attempt to reconcile science and religion, Ross discusses how "old earthers" have ostracized "young earthers" with the assertion that creation took place in six 24-hour days about 10,000 years ago. Ross argues that God is not less powerful for allowing the earth to evolve naturally over millions of years. Since God is the Creator of both biblical revelation and the natural world, the Bible is, likewise, consistent with nature. "Now is the time for a ceasefire," Ross pleads. Calling for a council of pastors, scientists, and evangelical leaders, Ross proposes abolishing the bitterness and polarization this issue has caused without compromising the integrity of either side. Extremely well documented, Creation and Time is more than a good read. It is a call for action. A relevant addition to any library. Patty O'Connell
Extremely well documented, Creation and Time is more than a good read. It is a call for action. A relevant addition to any library. -- Patty O'Connell, Booklist, April 1, 1994
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He wrote in the Introduction to this 1994 book, "Nearly half the adults in the United States believe that God created the universe within the last 10,000 years. What reason do they give? 'The Bible says so.' Meanwhile, more than 99 percent of America's practicing scientists view this idea as more far-fetched than the hypothesis that the earth is flat... Can science be trusted? Can that many Americans be wrong? Are scientists involved in a grand conspiracy to hide the facts from the public? Is there any hope of reconciliation? In the following pages you will read my responses to all these questions, and most importantly, the last one. I am convinced that there IS hope for reconciliation, a reconciliation that requires no compromise from either the biblical or the scientific side of the issue."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Reliable age indicators for human beings do exist, however. Liver spots on the skin, scar tissue, muscle and skin tone, visual acuity, blood and bone chemistry, and memories of past events provide fairly accurate measures of human age. I'm willing to speculate that tests of these age indicators in Adam and Eve would have revealed their true age." (Pg. 54)
"Two fallacies underlie this line of reasoning. One is that God's creating in six twenty-four hour days proves Him all-powerful. Not so. Even that time frame is too long. For that matter, six nanoseconds would be too long. God would have created everything in one immeasurable instant if time were a measure of His power." (Pg. 70)
"Perhaps some readers are aware of my attempted dialogue with Duane Gish (of the ICR) on Dr. James Dobson's 'Focus on the Family' radio broadcast. Our subject was the age of the universe, but it received little attention. Primarily, Dr. Gish gave HIS account of my Christian and scientific beliefs. He remained resolutely on this tack against my own and Dr. Dobson's objections. With (Henry) Morris's theorem so deeply ingrained, Dr. Gish could not hear my words nor accept that I believe anything other than evolutionism and aberrant Christian doctrines." (Pg. 87)
He presents information from a variety of perspectives including: historical views, Biblical analysis, theological, and scientific. He also deals with some of the errors young earthers have made, and he does so very politely. Anyone reading the book with an open mind (vs. looking for a hole in his argument or with an established dogmatic position) would have to acknowledge that he presents some very reasonable information to consider.
As a Christian that has never held dogmatically to either view, (used to lean young earth, but 10 years ago started leaning old earth) Ross didn't change my view. But he did make me more willing to express it, even to those more fundamentalistic friends that I know who are very condemming toward anyone not holding a young earth view.
The only area where I felt Ross was a little weak is that he didn't do a thorough job of tracing the history of various Genesis interpretations. He briefly showed a few of the early church fathers views, but there is a lot more information he could have covered and I think it would have strengthened his presentation. Early Jewish writings conclusively show that a literal 24-hour interpretation has been far from obvious to Hebrew scholars throughout history. If Hebrew scholars through antiquity weren't sure of the proper interpretation, I sure wonder how so many people today "know" they interpret it correctly.