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Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution Paperback – June 15, 2008
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Denis O. Lamoureux is Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College, part of the University of Alberta. He holds three doctoral degrees--in dentistry, theology, and biology. He coauthored, with Philip E. Johnson, Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins (1999). Lamoureux is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
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The package shipped on time, but I have a few minor gripes about the physical book. First, it rarely opens flat, so I had to use a paper weight in order to read it on a desk. I order the paperback. I recommend future buyers spend the extra 10 bucks and get the hardcover. Second, the book had a watermark/smudge at the edge of the pages. But this really didn't bother me too much.
Bottom line: If you've struggled with Religion v. Science get this book.
The illustrations are truly outstanding. They relate to both science and Scripture. Like most Christians, I do not have advanced training in science. Lamoureax has a doctorate degree not only in science (Biology) but in Theology as well. This is a big plus for the reader as it is evident throughout the book. The biblical and scientific truths presented in the content of the book are simply profound. The book is 493 pages in total with all of the Appendices, Notes, Glossary, etc. The book is 6 x 9 and has a nice Scripture Index in the back that is very helpful as well.
I have about 40 books on evolution and creation to include commentaries on Genesis and this book is one of my favorites. The points that the author makes really enlightened my eyes to the word of God and helped me with my walk with the Lord. When you actually study the scientific facts and combine them with the correct interpretations in Scripture, you will be really thankful for understanding the truth. Through this book, I was blessed to better know my Creator and His ways. My understanding of the book of Genesis has really been magnified. This book would have been useful when I studied the Pentateuch in seminary. However, this book just came out in 2008.
You will also learn specific details about the Ancient Near Eastern misconception of the earth and the universe, and how this is related to passages of Scripture that speak of the firmament (Genesis, Numbers, Job, Jeremiah, Psalms, II Peter, etc.) and the underworld (Exodus, Isaiah, Psalms, Philippians, Revelation, etc.). For example, Job 37:18 refers to the skies that are as strong as a cast metal mirror. As we study the ancient understanding of the universe, it becomes clear that the writers of Scripture believed that God created a solid structure over the earth. Yet there is no firmament above the earth. The Psalmist also believed in a firmament with a body of water above it. Psalm 148:4 says, "Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens!" Jeremiah 10:12 tells us that when God thunders, the waters in the heavens roar.
Let us not be mistaken about what the writers of Scripture believed. The Hebrew word for firmament is raqiya. If the writers of Scripture wanted to express that what God created above the earth was anything but a firmament, they had the ordinary vocabulary at their disposal. God allowed the writers of Scripture to incorporate their false ideas about the structure, operation, and origin of the universe. They clearly thought there was a solid structure above the earth holding the sun and moon in place. They had an ancient understanding of astronomy.
Many Christians will not study the truths in the word of God and the truths regarding scientific facts enough to ever know the truth about creation. They follow the interpretive errors passed on to them and combine it with their lack of education and false beliefs in science. However, if you are a Christian who does not want to ignore scientific facts, and you see the problems with a literal reading of the creation accounts, then you have come to the right book. You may choose to begin with Lamoureux's book "I Love Jesus & I Believe in Evolution" which is basically is a primer for this book.
Lamoureux explains that Christians should be aware of the origins dichotomy between atheism and evolution. This dichotomy inhibits Christians from seeing the scientific evidence for human evolution, and it puts a stumbling block between non-Christians and an understanding of their true spiritual nature. Evolutionary Creation corrects this unbiblical and unnecessary situation.
I have some quibbles with some of his science and some of his Bible interpretations in that he refers to commonly held but mistaken understandings in both areas in a few cases, but one can ignore these minor quibbles as they do not damage the overarching framework he explains.
Be sure to read John Walton's "The Lost World of Genesis One" also.
P.S. Denis has French Canadian heritage, this is not a translation from a book written in French, as I thought might be the case at first.
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