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Paradigms on Pilgrimage: Creationism, Paleontology and Biblical Interpretation Paperback – March 31, 2005
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"There are a multitude of books on the polar ends of this issue, but this book gently and personally takes the reader from one side to the other, with good rationale for the travel." Dr. Brian Alters, McGill University
"An excellent and much needed volume." Dr. Sam Riffell, Mississippi State University
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Paradigms on Pilgrimage is a rarity: a book for people trying to think their way through the conflicting claims of fundamentalism and modern biblical scholarship as well as natural science. It should appeal to, and maybe persuade them, because it is the highly personal story of two former fundamentalists who made that same intellectual and spiritual journey themselves. Together they moved toward a new understanding of God as having created by means of evolution. In sharing their stories, they document the thinking of real people as they moved into and out of the creationist worldview.
Along the way, they provide some original, ingenious arguments against creationism and biblical literalism - which are of all the more interest because they were arguments that actually helped change these individuals' minds. In a final section, they also offer an original reading of Genesis 1 with commentary, to show how this creation account presents (and makes good sense as) a naïve observational cosmology radically different from our objective scientific one. The authors' argument - that the biblical writers were not and did not claim to be omniscient about the natural world - restores to the biblical text the integrity it loses in the hands of literalists.
This enjoyable and stimulating read will give evolutionists insight into the minds of their opponents, and give creationists persuasive reasons to change their minds. To my mind, it's a valuable contribution.
I'd recommend this to every YEC, to anyone who struggles with the issues in CED, to anyone who reads Genesis and asks real hard questions. It is designed for this audience, it is very sympathetic to their concerns and sensitivities, and ought not to upset even the most hard boiled YECist.Read more ›
If you are looking for a book that reinforces the Biblical creation, this is the book for you.
This book will change your mind about the Creation vs. Evolution Debate.
This book is a refreshingly honest and personal view of the Young Earth Creationists versus Evolutionists debate. The authors use paleontological evidence (many examples were personally witnessed) and Biblical backing to illustrate an emotionally and intellectually challenging journey. The narrative is chronological and thoughtful; it follows the logical thinking of a person brought up as a Young Earth Creationist and studying to be a paleontologist.
I met one of the authors during a college lecture series on Darwin, and was amazed (and relieved) to find a scientist who was willing to consider the Bible as evidence for science and to search for the science in his personal faith.
If you are tired of the typical Science vs. Religion Debate and want to find a common ground, start here with Paradigms on Pilgrimage.
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A great book that offers a Journey of a man's belief system.
Is informative and respectful of all beliefs. Read more
This book is particularly excellent in that it combines the knowledge of two expert authors (that are committed Christians) who have PhD's in their fields - paleontology and... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a simply wonderful book. I've loaned it to friends and relatives who couldn't come to terms with the issue and they have all thanked me for sharing it. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Purple Prussian
I so related to this book. I grew up as a Literal Creationist, and it was a slow road to see the Light. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by Jedidiah Carosaari
About a year and a half ago I decided I was ready to delve into the creationism/evolution debate. I'm an evangelical Christian. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by C. Beth
Interesting, well-written book featuring plenty of food for thought. Godfrey's foundational premise, differentiating between methodological naturalism and metaphysical naturalism,... Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Larry Baker
This book is about the personal spiritual and intellectual journeys of two brothers-in-law (a PhD paleontologist and a PhD Baptist minister) from Young Earth Creationism to... Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by Paul R. Bruggink
I received my copy of Paradigms on Pilgrimage (Clements Publishing, 2005) this week, and finished it in a couple of sittings ... which is to say that I found it hard to put down. Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by Clifford R. Martin
I certainly agree with the many comments made about the irenic nature of this book. If you were to meet Dr. Smith (Pastor Chris to me), you would get exactly the same impression! Read morePublished on December 10, 2007 by Ben Bartlett