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About the Author

Denis O. Lamoureux is Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College in the University of Alberta. He holds three doctoral degrees--dentistry, theology, and biology--and has written two books: Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins (co-authored with Philip E. Johnson, 1999) and Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (Wipf & Stock, 2008).
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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556358865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556358869
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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By John Lang on May 27, 2009
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This book is a condensed (184 pages vs. 493 pages) and much more affordable version of Lamoureux's 2008 book, Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution. My detailed review of that book is available at [...] Because it is more concise, this new book is much more accessible to its target audience; namely, conservative Christians who are wrestling with the Creation/Evolution controversy. I believe it fills a much needed gap in the popular literature aimed at the same audience. Specifically, I believe it delivers the hermeneutical guidance that is lacking in most of the other books addressing evolution from a Christian perspective.

I could personally relate to the "journey" that the author and many other conservative Christians have made in wrestling with the creation/evolution controversy. I abandoned the "young earth creationist" position in the 1980's after observing evidence I considered conclusive regarding the age of the earth and the universe. For Christians who may still be pondering that issue, I believe The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth is probably the definitive text for reconciling scripture with an "Old Earth" (4.5+/- billion years). For over twenty years, I embraced "Progressive (Old Earth) Creationism". I did not consider evolution to be compatible with the Christian faith. As a result, I never seriously considered the possibility that secular authors might actually be right about evolution.
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In this book, Denis Lamoureux presents a shorter version of his belief that evolution and evangelical Christianity are compatible. It is based on: (1) God's dual revelation of Himself in two divine books, the Book of God's Words (the Bible) and the Book of God's Works (the natural world), (2) the failure of scientific concordism (which states that the Bible's statements about science are always accurate), and (3) the hermeneutical principle of accommodation (God condescends to reveal Himself in ways that human beings can understand). This leads Denis Lamoureux to the conclusion that the events recorded in Genesis 1-3 never literally happened. The rest of his book makes a biblical case for this conclusion.

In his discussion of the term 'evolution,' he gives a very general definition, without even mentioning descent with modification by means of mutation and natural selection. He wants to apply the term evolution to cosmology and geology as well as to biology. This makes it easier to argue that biological evolution is just another natural process that God used to create the current universe. However, this increases the confusion over the term 'evolution.' On the other hand, his discussion of the term 'creation' is excellent.

He presents "three basic models for the manifestation of both the Image of God and human sin during the evolutionary process" and embraces gradual polygenism, which asserts that the Image of god and human sinfulness were gradually and mysteriously manifested across many generations of evolving ancestors. He then presents four arguments for moving beyond the sin-death problem with a new approach to Romans 5 & 8 and 1 Corinthians 15.
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This is a great book. Im my mind it deserved five stars, not because I agree with every word, but because Lamoureux writes with clarity, conviction, and deep passion. I am finishing up an M.Div degree at an ecumenical (read liberal) seminary, and have been fascinated with theology and biblical criticism for many years. While Lamoureux is probably a bit more conservative than I am, he has a strong theological footing. He knows his Bible, and he knows tradition, and he remains extremely faithful to many doctrines that the majority of the universal church would describe as core. The author faces questions dead-on and does not flinch, and his proposals do not leave one scratching their head at the end wondering, "did you really touch on the question you set out to answer?" His writing style (at least in this book) is not incredibly powerful (though at times it flirts with this adjective), I presume his intent was unambiguous clarity--which he achieves with flying colors. Beyond the clarity of this text is the wonderful description of compelling! I certainly do not agree with all of his theology (in minor and rather insignificant ways), nor his exegetical conclusions, but our theologies, from what I can discern, line up pretty well--and I am far more conservative than most of my professors and peers.

One caveat. I really appreciate the response he gives to the questions "WHY did God create through evolution?" and "What about suffering and death in evolution?" in the final chapter. In fact, these two questions were why I picked up the book in the first place. Unbeknownst to me, Lamoureux heads in the same direction that I have been leaning for a while (although there are some significant nuanced differences in our approaches to these questions).
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