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SUMMARY ò Three Views on Creation and Evolution Ñ For Christians the issues raised by the different views on creation and evolution are challenging Can a young earth be reconciled with a universe that appears to be billions of years old Does scientific evidence point to a God who designed the universe and life in all its complexity TFor Christians the issues raised by the different views on creation and evolution are challenging Can a young earth be reconciled with a universe that appears to be billions of years old Does scientific evidence point to a God who designed the universe and life in all its complexity Three Views on Creation and Evolution deals with these and simi. This book gave a fantastic overview of the three views on Creation and Evolution while at the same time challenging what I think about science and how it is defined in my mind I would recommend this to anyone who is curious into Creation and Evolution as it is extremely helpful in understanding

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Rs and the entire discussion is summarized by Phillip E Johnson and Richard H Bube The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critiue of different views on issues important to Christians Counterpoints books address two categories Church Life and Bible and Theology Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints seri. Three Views on Creation and Evolution is another in Zondervan's excellent Counterpoints series I've several of them on my shelves although only reviewed one other on this blog on remarriage and divorceIt's the closest to a debate format that I've found in print Advocates state their position and then the others each have a turn to respond to the points made This book was slightly different in that after the three positions were stated four other writers were invited to respond to each chapter from a different viewpoint and two further writers summarised the debate at the end giving a total 10 contributorsPaul Nelson and John Mark Reynolds spoke up for Young Earth Creationism Robert Newman for Progressive or old earth creationism and Howard Van Till for The Fully Gifted Creation or theistic evolution view Then after each view Walter Bradley John Jefferson Davis JP Moreland and Vern Poythress weighed in with comments and at the end Richard Bube and Phillip Johnson summarisedThe beauty of the format is that allows the proponent to advocate and then you immediately follow that up with alternate views the 'what about this' retort I find this helpful because an argument may seem compelling until you've heard the rebuttal In most books there is no rebuttal So it's excellent for allowing you to form a viewIt seemed to me that a majority of contributors held the Progressive old earth view and supported some form of Intelligent Design all with varying views as to the limits of biological evolution but overall there was a greater advocacy for this viewThe introductory chapter by JP Moreland was uite hard going and dense with concepts and arguments that weren't easy to grasp Not one for the laymen but after that the book had greater pace and was accessible to the non scientist like myself This is one of the greatest challenges on this debate is to how to have any kind of discussion that involves the non expert given that it can be incredibly technical The book largely avoids technical discussions and when it does engage in it there is some help at handIn my view the weakest arguments and case were put forward by the Young Earth Creationists the Biblical argument was disappointingly brief and I have heard others put forward compelling arguments My sense was that others holding this view would be disappointed by the uality of the defense It failed to convince me and as the authors themselves recognised of all the positions young earthers have the greatest amount of work to do to offer convincing science in the widest number of areas cosmology physics geology biology and not to mention theologyI thought the case for Progressive Creationism old earth was much stronger bolstered as it was by the various proponents of Intelligent Design I was also impressed by the Fully Gifted Creation argument it has I think the harder time of making good Biblical interpretations but it certainly isn't an impossible taskThe issue is for a Christian given that the doctrine of God creating the universe is of fundamental importance is what sort of creationist are you I am now clearer as to what I am not and some steps along the way to being clearer about what I am I have some reading to do but I recommend this book for the thoughtful reader as a starting place of investigation into this important but complex issue

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Three Views on Creation and EvolutionLar concerns as it looks at three dominant schools of Christian thought Proponents of young earth creationism old earth creationism and theistic evolution each present their different views tell why the controversy is important and describe the interplay between their understandings of science and theology Each view is critiued by various schola. For those wanting to gather insight into the three big Christian theories of creation young earth creationism old earth creationism theistic evolution this is an excellent book to become familiarized with all three While I do have familiarity with all three through my years of study I wanted to primarily focus on the differences between old earth creationism and theistic evolution While I knew the basic differences I wanted to gain further insight from a theological point of view Overall it was an enlightening read