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Who Made the Moon?: A Father Explores How Faith and Science Agree Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 2, 2008
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About the Author
Sigmund Brouwer is a former journalist and accomplished best-selling author of 16 novels. He is also a popular writer for children, and devotes his non-writing time to public speaking engagements to promote literacy at schools from inner city Los Angeles to the Arctic circle. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nashville, Tennessee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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many of those actually "in" the science/apologetic field!The book is very well written !The stories of his dad-daughter ineractions make good , memorable points ( clearly were not included as entertaining " filler" ). Surprisingly well done piece of work!!
Brouwer writes with grace and insight and one cannot argue with his sensitivity towards the topic and its emotional tensions. However, his overriding concern is that the creation debate does not thwart young Christians (in age or maturity) from growing in their faith.
With meticulous research he strives to show how the "Big Bang Theory" is supported by the creation accounts in Genesis. He adds to this the voices of other conservative evangelical Christians (such as Billy Graham) or Christian bodies that support or do not decry the "old earth" view of the creation account.
The big questions is, of course, are his views correct? Or, one could add, do his views weaken the very thing he is striving to support and strengthen - the Christian faith.
I encourage Christians to read this book and struggle with his ideas. He challenges us to know our science before we make uninformed comments which make us look foolish. He makes a compelling argument for Theistic Evolution.
But I am uncomfortable about a number of things. The distinction Brouwer makes between Evolution and Evolutionism is weak. He suggests one comes from a world view and the other from well considered science. He fails to recognise that no human endeavour is neutral. We all come from faith and value positions (often unconsidered!) in all our life's actions.
However the biggest problem I have is a profoundly theological one. The book fails to make room for the "Fall". This is profound because it is the whole "raison d'etre" for salvation history: From the first glimpse of the gospel in Genesis 3 to the Cross of Christ. If there was no first Adam who consciously rebelled, why was there need for the second? I believe the historicity of the first Adam is crucial in our understanding of Jesus Christ.
Is it worth reading? I believe it is. It has challenges for the Christian to take science seriously and to engage in intelligent, not blindly emotional, debate. It challenges parents to prepare their children for the world of scientific thought. It reminds Christians that they do need to have an answer to the faith they possess in a sceptical world. These are all crucial issues which Brouwer raises and ones for which we need competent answers - if not his, then our own.
Brouwer separates the book into four parts encompassing discussions on faith, science, the apparent conflict between the two, and ending with his view on harmonizing the two. Each section begins with a letter to his daughters. You immediately understand that Brouwer's heart's desire is to facilitate his daughters having a lasting relationship with God by setting them up to be able to make their own faith decisions without compromising their beliefs or their God-given intellect.
While Brouwer holds to a view of creation that is not restricted to a 7-day young earth interpretation of Genesis, he makes it clear that he is not trying to "convert" conservative creationists to his viewpoint. He does appeal to 7-day creationists to allow for people to disagree with them, even if it is their own children.
Brouwer states it this way on page 102 of his book:
"...the Bible's Creation account in Genesis is a stepping-stone to a much more important topic--why God created this world. If an old-earth stance makes it easier for someone to continue seeking god, then for heaven's sake--and I mean this literally--set aside the dating of the earth as an issue, and please help that broken person in need of a relationship with God. It could be a friend, a coworker. It may be the ones you love most, your children or grandchildren, who are bewildered at how the claims of meida and public school contradict their faith. you'll never regret knowing how modern science can now be used as a vigourous defence against their doubts."
This book is the first book on a Christian perspective of origins that is not dogmatic in its approach that I have come across written by and for non-science people. Brouwer offers some very practical information and advice that everyone, especially parents, need to have in order to engage conversations about origins with intelligence, understanding and love. Who Made the Moon? also helps readers understand that science and faith do not have to be enemies of each other but can enhance and complement each other without having to compromise on either end.