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Should Christians Embrace Evolution: Biblical & Scientific Responses Paperback – May 30, 2011
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"The experts in science and theology who have contributed [these] chapters . . . will be very helpful to Christians who are struggling to sort out conflicting claims and arrive at the truth." --Phillip E. Johnson, Author of Darwin on Trial, Cofounder of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture
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But I only give 2 stars for this book - primarily because it fails in its intended purpose of providing rebuttal to the ideas in another book (Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? by Denis Alexander) - in fact several of the authors appear to have not read the book they oppose properly.
For example, in chapter 1 Alistair Donald writes about the `utter randomness' (p16), the `purely chance element that is arguably intrinsic to [evolutionary] theory' (p17). Several of the other authors also condemn evolution because of its randomness. I am very surprised because on p322 of DA's book he says, `evolution is far from being a chance process. It is tightly organised and highly constrained.' In fact DA makes the point about evolution not being random many times in the book and even develops interesting insights from recent research suggesting that evolution might be predictable! DA also argues that Christians think of God as being sovereign over apparently random events in any case (eg. the weather). So I don't understand why these authors would publish a counter argument which so explicitly fails to register DA's views, but instead just propagates tired, old and unjustified complaints about evolution.
RT Kendal refers to Heb 11:3 `...things which are seen were not made of things that do appear' from which he concludes, `one cannot hold to evolution and creation ex nihilo at the same time' (p112). I don't understand.Read more ›
The two chapters by Geoff Barnard have a common aim: to refute the claim that man and higher apes have a common ancestry. In my opinion both chapters are seriously inadequate, for the reasons that follow.
Chapter 9C ("Chromosome Fusion and Common Ancestry"), the first of Barnard's two chapters, deals with the claim of Alexander (and virtually all evolutionary biologists) that DNA sequences provide strong evidence that chromosome 2 of humans was formed by the fusion of two ancestral chromosomes that persist in chimpanzees and other modern apes (designated 12 and 13, or in modern papers 2p and 2q). Alexander's argument is that chimpanzee chromosome 2p is strongly homologous with one part of human chromosome 2, that chromosome 2q is strongly homologous with the other part, and that the joining region in humans contains telomere sequences that would normally be at the end of a chromosome but are found in the middle of human chromosome 2, exactly as one would predict from the chromosome fusion hypothesis. Barnard accepts all of this!Read more ›
Just a couple of weeks ago WORLD magazine declared Should Christians Embrace Evolution? their book of the year for 2011. I received the book just days after and eagerly opened it up to see what the fuss was all about. What I found is a book that offers a series of biblical and scientific responses to the question of evolution. Edited by Norman Nevin, the chapters are written by a list of distinguished scientists and theologians.
What the book demonstrates above all, and what it demonstrates especially in the first half, is that there is far more to the issue of creation than merely whether the world was created in six days or six billion years. This doctrine of creation provides a foundation for many others. As we let go of a literal six-day creation, we find many other critical doctrines are in danger of falling with it. For example:
Was Adam truly a historical person who truly fathered the entire human race?
Did death exist before man's fall into sin? What kind of death came with the Fall?
Did God create a world in which death was, in fact, a necessary (and good!) part of the created order?Read more ›
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Not a super exciting book to read, but did you really expect it would be? It is well written and scholarly. It is worth the read.Published on November 8, 2013 by B. Newell
This is a great book if you are a Christian and you have questions about evolution. And if they can coexist.Published on August 15, 2013 by lancehunter17
Informative and full of information. The front of the book is kind of dry but still informative. The second half gets more interesting.Published on May 20, 2013 by Melba L. Madsen
"Should Christians Embrace Evolution?" was highlighted in WORLD magazine as one of a pair of books that made their book of the year recommendation in 2011. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Nord S Isacson
Is deistic evolution really a solid Christian stance? While evolution is on its last legs as a scientific theory, it is ever more pervasive in popular culture. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Russ White
I found this a difficult book to read for a number of reasons, not least of which is my lack of technical knowledge of the topics the various authors were addressing. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Ian Gould
I am glad that I finally read this excellent book. It is an great collection of facts and scholarly interpretation of biblical theology and scientific findings. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Nick D
"Should Christians Embrace Evolution?" is intended to be an argument against theistic evolution in general and a rebuttal to Denis Alexander's "Creation or Evolution: Do we have to... Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by John H. Terrell