Should Christians Embrace Evolution: Biblical &

Should Christians Embrace Evolution: Biblical & Scientific Responses This was required reading for a course I took from a different seminary than the one I go to It is a bit myopic and tends to straw man alternate positions The titular question is obviously rhetorical and the answer is negative The responses come from some respectable scholars, but I thought the tone of the book was negative, the content unhelpful, and the conclusions unconvincing I would not recommend this to most Christians and certainly hope a non Christian wouldn t stumble across this. Good, comprehensive collection of arguments as to why those who embrace Christianity should reject the theory of evolution Written by both Christian and non Christian experts, this collection of essays approaches the discussion from the biblical, philosophical, and scientific perspective My only critique is that while the refactor claims the work is accessible, many chapters require quite a bit of background knowledge in genetics I often found myself looking up terms in order to follow the ar Good, comprehensive collection of arguments as to why those who embrace Christianity should reject the theory of evolution Written by both Christian and non Christian experts, this collection of essays approaches the discussion from the biblical, philosophical, and scientific perspective My only critique is that while the refactor claims the work is accessible, many chapters require quite a bit of background knowledge in genetics I often found myself looking up terms in order to follow the argument The theology portions were decent in this work they had some real good pushback against theistic evolution although they only really responded to Denis Alexander Some of it came off as fighting a culture war The science portions were way too sciency for me to follow. I m sure this book would be of interest for those who pay attention to the intersection of Christianity and science, but for the average reader this is both too technical and too specific in responding to one view of evolution. While some of the scientific articles can be complex and technical, despite the obviousness that they tried to dumb it down to a lay level, there are still some helpful scientific chapters in here The theological chapters are for the most part well done Overall, this is a helpful book, but I m not sure if it would help the average lay church person I think it would have to be further distilled by the pastor elder to help the congregation better understand it Apparently this book was written While some of the scientific articles can be complex and technical, despite the obviousness that they tried to dumb it down to a lay level, there are still some helpful scientific chapters in here The theological chapters are for the most part well done Overall, this is a helpful book, but I m not sure if it would help the average lay church person I think it would have to be further distilled by the pastor elder to help the congregation better understand it Apparently this book was written with a specific book in mind by a British evangelical Denis who argues that Christians should accept evolution He is mentioned throughout several different essays and many essays seem geared to rebut his specific theological and scientific arguments The middling rating could be that I had higher expectations for this book I expected an entry level look into Biblical and scientific reasons to cast a skeptical look at the theory of evolution However, the book was primarily a response to Denis Alexander s book on theistic evolution Most of the authors did not interact, specifically with the theory of evolution but with the model of theistic evolution that Alexander brought forth The theology section was, in my opinion, better than the scie The middling rating could be that I had higher expectations for this book I expected an entry level look into Biblical and scientific reasons to cast a skeptical look at the theory of evolution However, the book was primarily a response to Denis Alexander s book on theistic evolution Most of the authors did not interact, specifically with the theory of evolution but with the model of theistic evolution that Alexander brought forth The theology section was, in my opinion, better than the scientific because it was muchreader friendly It fleshed out many of the implications that theistic evolution brings and how the two cannot be complementary In so many cases, it has to be one or the other The scientific section was Very scientific with very little layman s explanation It was refreshing, however, to hear respected scientists speak out against evolution I enjoyed the book It was not an easy read The chapters on the science problems, were technical I am not strong in science The writers and editors handled this subject carefully and thoroughly They examine the theological issues of Theistic Evolution and the scientific issues with Neo Darwinism.The book challenges the ability to bring together Biblical teaching of Creation, Death, Adam and soteriology with Neo Darwinian Evolution as God s tool of creating the universe It also addresses the I enjoyed the book It was not an easy read The chapters on the science problems, were technical I am not strong in science The writers and editors handled this subject carefully and thoroughly They examine the theological issues of Theistic Evolution and the scientific issues with Neo Darwinism.The book challenges the ability to bring together Biblical teaching of Creation, Death, Adam and soteriology with Neo Darwinian Evolution as God s tool of creating the universe It also addresses the oft heard statement, I don t believe in Evolution I looked at the facts and accept it It is not the facts that drive a person to accept Evolution, it is the interpretation of those facts Interpretations of facts are always based on a belief or a system of belief Definitely gearedtoward Christians and those who like to dig into some of the theological issues around evolution It could definitely seem a little technical sometimes Most of the book focuses on the theological difficulties of believing in evolution Adam and Eve not the first humans which makes some of Paul s arguments less weighty, there was no real Fall as there was death in the world for a long time before the Fall even though the Bible calls it the last enemy , etc The scientif Definitely gearedtoward Christians and those who like to dig into some of the theological issues around evolution It could definitely seem a little technical sometimes Most of the book focuses on the theological difficulties of believing in evolution Adam and Eve not the first humans which makes some of Paul s arguments less weighty, there was no real Fall as there was death in the world for a long time before the Fall even though the Bible calls it the last enemy , etc The scientific essays against evolution answered one of main questions I had the presence of retroviruses or similar chromosomal structures in all primates This book is a really two brief books in one comprised of essays from various authors The first half deals with biblical arguments against evolution and therefore theistic evolution The second half deals with scientific issues in relation to evolution The concluding chapter and summary of book answers the question of the title this way Our answer is a resounding no absolutely not Theistic evolutionists have failed to demonstrate a theology consistent with the supremacy of Scripture 21 This book is a really two brief books in one comprised of essays from various authors The first half deals with biblical arguments against evolution and therefore theistic evolution The second half deals with scientific issues in relation to evolution The concluding chapter and summary of book answers the question of the title this way Our answer is a resounding no absolutely not Theistic evolutionists have failed to demonstrate a theology consistent with the supremacy of Scripture 210.Reasons to read this book 1 Helpful introduction into the theological reasons to reject a Christianized evolution 2 Helpful and up to date discussions over current scientific challenges to the theory of evolution Don t turn to this book first if1 You want a book that will explicitly argue for a young earth 6 day literal creation view The focus is against theistic evolution Most of the authors are interacting against Denis Alexander as a representative of that position 2 You don t want to wade through scientific details that are challenging for someone without a science background It was good for me to read through it, but I did feel that it was not written to be very accessible to those who don t have an up to date science background or interest One major concern I had when reading through the book was chapter 8 by Steve Fuller who seemed less than evangelical at times He seemed to fall into the category of those who argue for intelligent design with no real moorings in a high view of Scripture My concerns where explicitly justified when I read this in the concluding chapter Steve Fuller has no commitment to the Bible motivated by personal faith 219 This knowledge would have been helpful to me as I read the chapter initially If you are reading several books on the topic of creation vs evolution this is a good book to read among others There are two situations that I would not recommend reading this book First, if you are just starting to get into this topic Second, if you plan to only read one book on the topic at this point Thirteen scientists and theologians examine the claim that Christians must either embrace evolution or be opposed to science They set out a clear framework for relevant biblical, theological, and scientific issues and answer crucial questions ➷ [Reading] ➹ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➬ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk theological ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and scientific issues and answer crucial 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About the Author: Norman C. Nevin

Professor Emeritus of Medical Genetics, Queen s University, Belfast


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