PJEFC LIBRARY MONTHLY BOOK REVIEW – JULY 2019
Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation
Edited by Kenneth Keathley, J.B. Stump and Joe Aguirre
235 pages, IVP Academics
Goodreads rating: 4.18 out of 5
Any book on Bible and science today will yield up a tons confusing terms to the average Christian even on the first page. ‘Young-Earth Creation’? And ‘Old-Earth Creation’? Then there’s ‘theistic evolution’ and ‘evolutionist creation’. Wait, what is the difference between ‘evolutionist creation’ and ‘creationist evolution’? Why are Christians using words like ‘evolution’, anyway? Doesn’t Genesis teach that God created the universe and everything in it in 6 literal days? You’ve probably read somewhere that the earth is around 6,000 years old and all these ‘evidence’ of fossils and carbon dating showing that the earth is billions of years old are just a continued conspiracy by scientists and atheists to discredit the Bible.
The aforementioned belief that the world is only a few thousand years old is known as the ‘Young-Earth Creation’. Most conservative Christian hold on to this. But with the advent of science and technology, especially in the field of bio-genetics, a generation of Christian scientists are now grappling with the conflict between their long-held beliefs and scientific evidence.
This book brings together two apologist / evangelist groups to discuss these issues. They discuss numerous hot-potato issues here, including natural theology, Adam and Eve, the hominids and theodicy (why does God allow evil in this world).
Why even read this book? We should leave these divisive issues to the theologians. Surely there are more pressing issues that our church needs to tackle, like discipleship, community transformation and evangelism? Today, almost every college and university in the world, including local ones, teach empirical science as fact. How will our children reconcile this with what we believe? We can either choose to oppose it, or ignore it. But there is a third way – to objectively think it through by re-examining the Bible in the light of science. A common view is that there are two books of God – nature and the Bible, in that God has chosen to reveal Himself through His creation and the Scriptures. This book, while difficult as it may be for some to read, will open the door to understanding the two books of God as one.