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Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design Paperback – August 2, 2011
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"Origins, Revised presents a perspective on origins of the universe, the earth, life on earth, and of humans that is faithful to the Bible and to science. In an easy to understand style of writing, the Haarsmas' provide a valuable resource for schools, churches, and anyone interested in origins." --Randall D Isaac, Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation
"The Haarsmas provide a comprehensive perspective on science and its challenges viewed through a lens of firm belief in God, which illuminates the issues and offers straight ways forward. Christians will be encouraged by their faithful and convincing approach." --Daniel M. Harrell, PhD, Senior minister of Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota, Author of "Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith"
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Clearly explaining the science, the authors focus on areas where Christians agree. They also present the strengths and weaknesses of areas where Christians differ.
Origins helps you develop a deeper understanding of the origins of the universe and sort out your own views on faith and science. Small group discussion questions follow each chapter.
Top Customer Reviews
I used to be an ardent young-earth creationist, but after some pre-med courses and one genetics course in particular, I realized that it just wasn't correct. By the grace of God the foundational shift that came from that realization didn't break my faith or cause me to stumble. I worked along with a hodge podge understanding of evolution and the Bible, but didn't have any sort of coherent theory or understanding that tied everything together. I knew that God's word and the truths he reveals through his creation didn't (and couldn't!) conflict, but that was about it.
A conversation with a guy at my church who reminds me a lot of myself earlier on recently made me realize a lot of the gaps in my own understanding. After a brief thought that I would try and write a small paper on the topic myself to help organize my thoughts, I came to Amazon looking for and hoping that someone else had beat me to it. And they had! Praise the Lord!
The Haarsma's are demonstratedly capable scientists, teachers, and Christians. Very hard to find all three of those things in the Church these days. They humbly, gently, intelligently, and skillfully work their way through the different beliefs that Christians have regarding where humans (and the world, for that matter) came from.
Again, this is an excellent book. It requires a good bit of careful consideration, Bible reading, and reliance on God to work through, but it's well worth it!
I understand that this book is used as a textbook at many Christian schools. Both authors of this book are professors at Calvin College. The authors use clear, non-confrontational language to describe the many varied positions that Christians have taken on creation over the centuries, along with the history of each approach. For each one, they guide the reader through an examination of his or her own beliefs and whether they are truly founded on what the Bible teaches, or what various schools of Christian religion teach.
God is active in the world and in our lives. Sometimes He works in a miraculous way and sometimes He chooses not to. Can he cause events to occur without breaking the laws of physics? Of course! Almost a thousand years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica made the distinction between God acting as a first cause and God working through secondary causes in nature. The primary cause (of everything!) is God. God certainly can invoke a miracle directly as a primary cause. But when God caused the earth and waters to bring forth life in Genesis chapter 1, does the diversification of this life into thousands of species on Earth require the miraculous, sudden appearance of each one? Charles Darwin wrote, “To my mind, it accords better with what we know of the laws impressed on matter by the Creator, that the production and extinction of the past and present inhabitants of the world should have been due to secondary causes.Read more ›
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This book is okay. Many reviewers have gone into the details of how it's structured and some of the Haarsma's arguments, so I won't do that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by centsworth
The authors do a great job of explaining complicated issues regarding science and God in simple, concise language. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the different points of view. The authors do give the view that is most appealing to them but also offer alternatives. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ole' Luna Patoona
This is written in a very breezy, conversational way and covers all of the major areas of the debate from the point of view of theistic evolution/evolutionary creation. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James H. Kidder
A thoughtful discussion of the intersection of science and biblical interpretation. Book received timely and in great shape.Published 15 months ago by James L