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More Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation (Reasons to Believe) Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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"In the physical sciences, we are continually concerned with the question 'Can a theory stand up to the latest experimental results?' In this book Ross suggests a great many tests for his understanding of issues related to origins."--Henry F. Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry; director, Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, University of Georgia
Christians are increasingly challenged with evolution theories as the only models for the origins and histories of the universe and life. But is there any valid scientifically testable alternative?
In More Than a Theory, Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons To Believe, offers a comprehensive, testable creation model. This fascinating book responds to the recent, well-publicized challenges from aggressive atheists to the idea of a Creator. It also reminds the scientific community of what constitutes good science. Furthermore, it supplies Christians with the scientific information they need to defend their conviction that the Creator is the God of the Bible.
Complete with appendices that put competing models for creation and/or evolution to the same kinds of tests, More Than a Theory is a bold and brave work of apologetics that will stir profitable discussion in both the scientific and the religious realms.
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"More Than a Theory provides a valuable overview of the many explanations of nature and human origins that compete for acceptance in modern culture. Rather than limiting this comparison to a single field such as biology, Hugh Ross compares these explanations with respect to their ability to adequately account for over 100 distinct findings from natural and social sciences. Ross effectively argues that by imposing artificial and unnecessary restraints on scientific inquiry, science loses its claim as a search for truth and simultaneously makes science less attractive to inquiring young minds. Removing those constraints unleashes the power of unbiased exploration in the quest for truth."--Carl A. Koval, professor of chemistry, University of Colorado
"The more we discover about the universe, the more I appreciate our Creator. And that's why I'm grateful for Hugh Ross. This book will not only expand your appreciation of God, it will stretch your faith."--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church; author, Wild Goose Chase
"To all who think that belief in a Creator requires a blind leap of faith, this book serves strong notice otherwise! The Creation Model is not only testable, it passes multiple scientific tests with flying colors. Read More Than a Theory yourself to see how Hugh Ross wields data, logic, and evidence to make a powerful and convincing case."--Mark Mittelberg, author, Choosing Your Faith, and coauthor, The Unexpected Adventure
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It is a bit technical in some areas, but not outside the reach of understanding the overall content. Ross also gives incredible insight that helps us understand the ecological need that results in natural disasters, various seemingly unecessary species in the animal kingdom, and the future of the earth's inability to sustain life. I highly recommend this book!
In 1961, Princeton physicist Robert Dicke discovered that the existence of life in the universe requires several physical constants to be extremely fine-tuned. This is called the anthropic principle and more recent discoveries have increased the number of variables that had to be precisely correct in order for life as we know it to come into being. The Intelligent Design movement provided a better explanation than evolution for this set of facts, but it offered no comprehensive, testable theory to replace evolution. As a result, there hasn't been an alternative to evolution for scientists to test - until now.
The RTB model presented in this book compares the current scientific data on eight different areas of science to see how well it matches with the RTB model and the three other most popular theories for explaining the universe; namely evolution, theistic evolution, and young earth creation.
Chapters on these issues form the heart of the book and are entitled, "Putting RTB's model for the Cosmos to the test", "Putting RTB's model for Galaxies, Stars & Planets to the test", "Putting RTB's model for Life's beginning & Extraterrestrial homes to the test", "Putting RTB's model for Life's history to the test", "Putting RTB's model for advanced life to the test", "Putting RTB's model for the origin & history of humanity to the test", "Putting RTB's model to the 'Why' question test."
There is also a chapter focussing on predictions the different models make regarding issues that will probably be resolved within the next 5 - 10 years. Dr. Ross' willingness to present this clear and comprehensive model shows a significant step forward from previous "God of the Gaps" models and deserves a serious response from evolutionists who can no longer pretend there are no other plausible explanations for how life as we know it came into being. I would urge everyone concernd about this matter to read this valuable book.
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Firstly I will say the book starts off real slow, but by the fifth chapter it gets very...Read more