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Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins Paperback – November 4, 2010
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"I highly recommend this book, especially as an introduction to assist evangelicals in coming to terms with evolution and moving beyond concordist interpretations of the opening chapters of Scripture." (Denis O. Lamoureux, Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, September 2011)
"Science, Creation and the Bible is accessible to the lay reader, and short enough that even those unwilling to wade through long arguments on this topic can find the book helpful. Carlson and Longman develop the case for their conclusions clearly, allowing the reader to see each step of their thinking. They go back to the basics in both science and theology, identify the assumptions they are making, and due to their shared scholarship can speak authoritatively about both science and biblical interpretation." (Dennis Haack, Critique, Issue 1 2011)
"Overcoming the fortress mentality, with all of its fear and animus, Science, Creation and the Bible calmly, clearly, and convincingly shows that the Author of Scripture and Nature is not speaking out of both sides of his mouth." (Christopher Benson, Books & Culture, December 2010)
"Readers struggling with evolution will find this discussion by Carlson and Longman most helpful. The authors combine a robust respect for science in all its manifestations with a high view of Scripture. The result is a solid argument that there need be no conflict between the biblical and scientific accounts of our origins." (Karl Giberson, author of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution and senior fellow, The BioLogos Foundation)
"Carlson and Longman argue clearly and patiently for a truce in the war between science and Christianity. When taken together, they give a more complete picture of the human drama, and they can be brought together if we learn to respect the unique perspectives they each bring to the conversation. The authors guide readers in just such a quest by outlining some important principles of biblical interpretation, the nature of scientific and theological knowledge, and most importantly a faithful and contextual reading of the all-important creation stories of Genesis. This book is an excellent and irenic introduction to a timely topic where cool heads and broad learning are greatly needed." (Peter Enns, Senior Fellow, biblical studies, The BioLogos Foundation)
"There are a number of good books available on reconciling science and Christian theology, particularly creation and evolution. The value of such books to various audiences depends, of course, on some shared assumptions. Carlson and Longman's book is especially important for anyone who perceives conflict between evolutionary theory and Scripture. While sharing a commitment to scriptural infallibility and a generally literalist reading, they nonetheless show that none of the multiple creation stories in the Old Testament precludes the acceptance of contemporary science. I recommend it highly." (Nancey Murphy, professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
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Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.
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Chapter 7 contains an excellent discussion of the benefits of accepting that Genesis 1 & 2 should not be read literally because there are simply too many differences between them. Once we get beyond reading Genesis 1 & 2 literally, we can then consider the worldview questions and answers that Genesis 1 & 2 do give us: (1) How is it that things exist? (2) Who are we? (3) What does God think of us and the rest of that which exists?, and (4) What are we to do? This then provides rapprochement between science and Christian faith, opens doors for presenting the gospel message to our educated friends, and allows us to celebrate scientific progress in biology, geology and cosmology as encouraging signs of God's wisdom, power, care and faithfulness in his creation.Read more ›
This thesis is developed through the seven chapters that make up this well-written though short title: Chapter 1: "Theological and Scientific Sources and Their Interpretation." Before mentioning in brief that Genesis 1-11 must be situated within the ancient Near Eastern writings of ancient Israel's neighbors (p. 26), the authors give an orientation of the rise of Creationism and the many competing views as a result of Darwin's The Origin of the Species in 1859. Chapter 2: "Characteristics of Theology and Science Relevant to the Conflict." "Christian theology seeks truth, and like science, wants to offer a truthful understanding of the universe and all that occurs in the universe" (p. 34). The authors also noted that Scripture plays the "primary and indispensable role in theology" (p. 35). They go on to quote both the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978) and the Fuller Theological Seminary statement of faith on Scripture, to affirm the Bible's role in Christian faith and theology. The limitations of both theology and science are duly noted (pp. 45-46). Chapter 3: "Biblical Interpretation: A Key Element in Resolving the Creation-Evolution Conflict." The authors begin the chapter: "This chapter arises from our conviction of the importance of carefully interpreting the Bible nd applying a good interpretive method to biblical passages that address creation" (p. 51).Read more ›
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When I first heard of "Science, Creation and the Bible," I was really excited. Creation theology really interests me, especially in light of the modern views on evolution and the... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Nathan S Humphries
I didn't like the book at all. It told me very little that I already know and did not agree withPublished on November 27, 2012 by lander9173
I have considerable admiration for the writings of Tremper Longman, his commentary on Daniel was truly enjoyable and his Old Testament commentary survey provides a wealth of... Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by J. Thomas Campbell
In this brief and general-reader-friendly book, physicist Richard Carlson and Biblical Studies professor Tremper Longman III undertake an attempt at a solution to the perceived... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by James Korsmo