(Book Review) Six Days


Six DaysReviewed by: Lincoln Reed, professional writing student at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church

Author: Ken Ham

Publisher: Master Books

Publication Date: November 2014

Format: Paperback

Length: 256 Pages

OVERVIEW

Ken Ham, leading creation scientist and founder of Answers in Genesis, outlines his argument for the necessity of Genesis 1-11 to be interpreted as a historical narrative. Ham attempts to answer the question of whether or not God created the world in six literal days. He unapologetically defends his belief in the literal six-day creation story and outlines his thesis in 11 chapters.

Ham spends the majority of Six Days evaluating evolution’s impact on the decline of the western church. He references many leading Christian and secular scholars’ beliefs regarding the relevancy of Genesis 1-11 and evaluates their theological worldview. He discusses the issues of scripture’s authority, theistic evolution, and the necessity of an historical Genesis.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Suitable for readers with an education level ranging from middle school to graduate school. Six Days is specifically written to educate and persuade church leaders.

Christian Impact

Ken Ham’s Six Days provides readers with a logical, clear explanation of why Genesis 1-11 needs to be interpreted as it is written—an historical documentation of creation and man’s origins. He argues that church leaders have compromised God’s intended, historical message in Genesis to accommodate man’s evolutionary ideas. Ham asserts that believing in evolution is not a salvation issue, but rather an authority and gospel issue. Will Christians believe God’s Word or man’s word? Ham believes theistic evolution’s insertion of its theories into Genesis chapters 1-3 is a slippery slope. He contends that theistic evolutionists and others who interpret Genesis using evolution only undermine the gospel and the need for Jesus Christ.

Six Days presents Ham’s arguments in a logical and comprehensive manner. This book will help Christians defend their faith and educate others as to why Genesis 1-11 is crucial to believing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Other Notes

Six Days contains a variety of illustrations and diagrams. These help reinforce Ham’s arguments in a visual manner.
A negative observation of Ham’s writing style is the constant repetition of his thesis in every chapter. Without this consistent redundancy, Six Days could have been a shorter, more compact book.

Lincoln Reed is a student in the professional writing program at Taylor University and a freelance writer for The Echo and The Aboite Independent.


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