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The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible Is Scientifically Accurate
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Andrew Parker, a broad-based biological scientist, who is up-to-date on the latest understanding of evolutionary evidence, proposes that yes, there is room for both -evolution and God. Scientists and theologians don't need to fight and argue any longer. The Bible isn't at odds with scientific findings after all, and therefore can be trusted.
Some of Parker's professional colleagues, including Professors John Lennox, Alister McGrath, and Alan Millard at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, all well-versed in religion, inspired him to further explore the science versus theology controversy.
In the Genesis Enigma, Parker weaves together his insights from Christian art, biblical archaeology, development of the biblical texts, and evolutionary science to arrive at a stunning conclusion: The Old Testament is true, and more specifically, the Genesis 1 creation sequence corresponds to the current scientific understanding of life's evolutionary history.
After establishing the validity of the Old Testament through archaeological findings in Chapter 1, Parker devotes each of Chapters 2-8 to the main events of Genesis 1. He carefully documents the history of the various fossil discoveries and the resultant evolutionary thought and conclusions regarding the stages of life on earth. To his own surprise, he discovers a match between the sequence of creation events in Genesis and the modern scientific account of how the universe and life came to be. It needs to be mentioned, however, that in some cases the correspondence between the Genesis creation account and scientific understanding of origins is not as clear cut as Parker tries to convince the reader.
In the last chapter, Parker examines the place of God amidst the scientific evidence.Read more ›
In theory (no pun intended), this was an interesting idea for a book. The "Battle over the Beginning" has been fought for years, and I was mildly interested to read a book that claimed to find a middle ground. What I found this book to be instead was a science textbook that explains the origins of the universe from the Big Bang on, then uses some extremely questionable exegesis to say that the Bible agrees with the science. I say questionable because, for example, connecting the mention of "lights" in Genesis 1:14 to the development of sight was very unconvincing. What you basically have is a scientific history book (both of the earth and the scientists who developed the theories behind evolution) with a few theological claims tacked onto the end.
Two things were exceedingly evident to me as I read this book: 1) Parker has an immense knowledge of science and can explain complex theories quite well. 2) He is not a theologian and does not understand the theological implications of most of his claims as he attempts to reconcile religion and science. He clearly doesn't believe the Bible is God's Word, and he just doesn't seem to understand why Christians would have a hard time with even the claim that God just created the energy for the Big Bang and then stepped back to watch.Read more ›
Take the reviews of this book: "astounding" & "compelling and convincing." You guys should get out more. Over ten years ago astronomer Hugh Ross wrote The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis reconciling Genesis and science. In many ways it is the superior book, especially since Ross shows a much better understanding of all sides and the biblical texts themselves.
So while Parker's book is a big step in the right direction, it has many flaws. Here is a brief survey (of the paperback edition): Page xv: He implies religion is for "comfort" and is about "faith" and not being objective.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest, this book looked intriguing. But I soon realized that this "unbiased and objective author" is extremely biased and subjective. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Derek
I picked this book up on the thought that it must be a satirical writing, only to be horrified that the author and many of the reviewers seemed to find some level of validity in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam
Some reviews of this book suggest the reviewer hasn't even read it. Others, both from christians and from non-believers, suggest to me they were expecting something very different,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by unkleE
In many ways this is an infuriating and intriguing book. Andrew Parker is an evolutionary biologist who gained fame for what is known as the “light-switch hypothesis. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Roger D. Launius
A book that should be read by anyone who reads the first book of the Bible. I did not agree with all the conclusions but the book does seem to show that Genesis is scientifically... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ronnie Moss
This work by a fine natural history scholar contains a fetching comparison between the the sequence of creative events in Genesis 1 and a sequence of critical revolutions in the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Detwiler
Read it as satire. This scientist finds a few historical correspondences between Genesis and history and pronounces the Bible as proven true historically, despite its many... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Mccracken
Andrew Parker is a distinguished young biologist who is also an effective science writer/science popularizer. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
Andrew Parker, of undoubted academic standing, weaves a thesis of the development of planet earth over some four-and- a-half billion years through the juxtaposition of the first... Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by John RF PENBERTHY