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The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation Paperback – November 24, 2000
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"The Genesis Debate is a powerful read . . . . It will make you think and deepen your faith. . . ." -- R.C. Sproul, Jr., Editor of Table Talk
"The Genesis Debate is a worthwhile volume that will help you better understand the biblical doctrine of creation." -- Norman L. Geisler
About the Author
Hugh Ross (PhD, University of Toronto) is founder and president of international and interdenominational Reasons To Believe ( www.reasons.org). He is the author of many books, including "The Creator and the Cosmos", "More Than a Theory", and "Why the Universe Is the Way It Is". An astronomer, Ross has addressed students and faculty on over 300 campuses in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of science-faith topics. From science conferences to churches to government labs, Ross presents powerful evidence for a purpose-filled universe. He lives in the Los Angeles area.
Gleason L. Archer Jr., PhD, was professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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Norman Geisler gives a very wise forward to the book. He states that "the creation-day debate is not over the inspiration of the Bible, but over it's interpretation...no one holding any of the views should be charged with unorthodoxy for the position he espouses in this volume...the Church needs to shift its focus to the real enemy - evolutionism - not to other forms of creationism that remain true to the historicity of the events recorded in Genesis". I think all believers involved in these discussions would be wise to heed Dr. Geislers advice and lower the intensity and frequency of their attacking of one another.
The 24-Hour view based their arguments primarily on tradition. They went to great lengths to show how most interpreters in the early history of the church (pre-1800) held a view similar to theirs. They also presented a bible overview of various verses that speak of creation. The main weaknesses (pointed out by the other scholars) of their presentation is that tradition has been wrong in the history of the church.Read more ›
Just as the evolution debate has heated up this past year so has the debate about the book of Genesis. The view that the days of creation were literal twenty-four hour days is prevalent amongst Evangelical Christians. So prevalent that many Evangelicals now equate this interpretation as orthodoxy. But this interpretation does indeed have competition. Creeping competition that challenges the traditional view of the creation account. The Genesis Debate takes on this topic, and presents three interpretations of Genesis's creation account.
In The Genesis Debate six scholars present to us a written discourse of their disputed interpretations of Genesis's creation account. Specifically their debate centers on whether the "days" of creation were literal twenty-four days.Read more ›
Each of the three pairs of authors have contributed something vital to the Genesis 1 discussion for which they should be commended and thanked for their time and effort. Duncan and Hall have rightly reminded the reader of the dangers that conformity to the present age presents to every generation. Their appeal to past interpreters further reminds us of the dangers of "novel" thinking and the importance of an orthodox consensus. Ross and Archer bring with them an arsenal of scientific understanding that has been used by the unbelieving community to attack the Bible and have sought to use it in support the Bible. They have found no reason to reject the Bible in the name of science. Their efforts affirm that the Bible can be reasonably interpreted without compromising inerrancy or a critically scientific mind. Irons and Kline offer a strongly textual argument reminding the reader that the Genesis 1 text had and has primarily a theological and a literary meaning. By offering an exegetical and theological argument that leaves ample room for secondary apologetic considerations.
Of the three arguments presented, the strongest by far is the framework view. Irons and Kline have put together an impressive work of exegesis and theological erudition that places the biblical text in its proper place without snubbing a literal treatment of the text or sidelining the concerns of science. On the other hand, Duncan and Hall do not present a unified and exegetically convincing argument. Too much rests upon the lexical use of a single word divorced from a broader context. Ross and Archer similarly offer a minimal amount of exegetical work and only that for which accommodates their pre-commitment to make science fit the textual data.
Presuppositions become clear in this discussion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The comparisons of the three views have been extremely helpful to my husband who is set to teach about Creation vs Evolution in the fall and winter. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Olga Bleecker
The 3 theories were not convincing, further I found the debate not to be very supportive biblical or historically. I did like the science debate. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Linda Handschumacher
This was not exactly a fun read for me. In fact, it was textbook tedious. It is the presentation of three positions on Genesis: 1.The six literal 24 hr. day theory 2. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by N. Foster
Excellent book, sent by an excellent provider. This book is a must read for all pastors. Provides great information for the pulpit.Published on January 30, 2013 by Coy
I came to this text not particularly interested in the subject matter, but became more interested as I read along. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by A. Omelianchuk
The editor of this book did a fantastic job in allowing all three sides to present their information without biased outside editing. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Micah N. Westby
This book is presented as an equal exchange and rebuttal of views between three major interpretations of Genesis. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Christine W.