(Book Review) Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!


Reviewed by: Aubree DeVisser, a professional writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.     

 


Introduction

Title:Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!

Author: Denis O. Lamoureux

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2016

Format: print

Length: 184 pages

OVERVIEW

Denis O. Lamoureux shares his experience of living in an “either/or” dichotomy of creation and evolution as a Christian and –at one time—an atheist. Soon after becoming an atheist, he came back to his faith as a lover of science and a follower of Christ, realizing that this was possible. He argues against the false dichotomy using scripture and science; informing the reader of the unnecessary struggle of choosing between The Word and nature.

Lamoureux believes that how we read and interpret the Bible can cause some conflicts. He uses the term “Message-Incident Principle” to explain that spiritual truths are incapable of being wrong. He then concludes that one cannot force one’s ideas of modern science onto the ancient views of the Bible. Later, he portrays the Bible as a book involving who created the universe, not how He did it.

Overall, the author writes to prove that Christians should not have to choose between evolution and creation because there is room for both. His main objective is to show that both nature and scripture need to work together in order for evolution to have any factual basis.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

YA and up.

Christian Impact

This text forces readers to open up their minds to new ideas and concepts concerning religion and science. It has intriguing information on how evolution can be accepted even by conservative Christians. With continual scripture evidence, as well scientific facts, Lamoureux states a new perspective on scripture and nature as a whole.


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