The Genesis account of Creation remains a hot topic, not just in the church, but in coffee shops, universities, books, and just about everywhere people enjoy debate and dialogue. No doubt, much of this comes from the rise of the scientific age that has developed since the publication of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and the apparent conflicts that secular scientists see with Genesis 1 et passim. Perhaps the biggest conflict between these two camps come in the fact that each is speaking past each other, and neither are actually addressing (at least not properly, directly) the concerns and observations of the other. We have Bible students trying to lecture scientists on science while scientists make philosophical conclusions about scientific “data”. Instead of mutual growth, clear lines are drawn in the sand and the camps remain further and further segregated.
Kregel Academic has recently published a book, “40 Questions About Creation and Evolution”, written by Professors Kenneth D. Keathley and Mark F. Rooker as part of a larger series edited by Benjamin L. Merkle. The book, as its title indicates, is a series of common, systematic questions centered on the topic of creation according to the Bible’s account and how it can be reconciled with the observable universe. The 40 questions are parsed into 6 sections: The Doctrine of Creation, Creation and Genesis 1-2, the Days of Creation, The Age of the Earth, the Fall and the Flood, and Evolution and Intelligent Design.
Neither of the writers are vocational scientists, and I think that is an important point that should be understood from the onset. Both authors are trained Christian academics who have clearly done their homework, but at least for this reviewer, did not venture out beyond what their credentials would allow. In other words, they do an excellent job of citing scientists when the subject matter is purely scientific, but never stray from their primary point, providing intelligent, Biblical answers to the most important questions of the debate. For example, question 24 deals with whether or not it is important to believe in a historical Adam and Eve. According the science, the possibility of a first man and woman proves problematic when we look closely at genetics, and the authors are candid in addressing those concerns, but they go further than science in expressing the theological ramifications of our first parents are not exactly our first parents. Get the book to discover their answer.
One final disclosure: the authors provide a persuasive case for the aged-earth creation theory (which I help to prior to even reading the book). I find that it works Biblically, logically, and scientifically though I understand that staunch young-earth creationist may find that position anathema. The reader may want to spend extra time in section 4, especially question 22 if this is of particular importance.
I heartily recommend the book for Bible students, teachers, and those inclined to have the discussion of creation and evolution. The authors are well-read, the book is thoroughly-cited, and the tenor is respectful. The format and prose make it easy to use and even easier to reference for further discussions.