Book review) Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design


Reviewed by: Alyssa Roat, a professional writing major at Taylor University.

 


Introduction

Title: Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design

Author: Ken Ham, Hugh Ross, Deborah B. Haarsma, Stephen C. Meyer, J. B. Stump

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 235 pages

OVERVIEW

This book presents four views on origins from four of the most recognized experts in each camp, featuring Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis for young-earth creationism, Hugh Ross from Reasons to Believe for old-earth creationism, Deborah B. Haarsma from BioLogos for evolutionary creationism, and Stephen C. Meyer from the Discovery Institute for intelligent design. As could be expected when such great minds come together, this book is a wealth of knowledge and is fascinating from beginning to end.

Each contributor presents an opening essay explaining and defending his or her position on origins. Each of the other contributors is then allowed a counterargument, after which the original contributor offers a final rejoinder. This allows the reader not only to learn about each position and read a carefully constructed argument for each, but also to witness debate among the authors in a unique way. Each author is clear, concise, and presents extensive evidence for a position from both scientific research and the Bible. Each view is presented equally, but the contributors are allowed to write as they please. Luckily, they remain civil and are willing to agree in some areas, acknowledging one another as fellow Christians.

For anyone interested in the origins debate within the Christian community, this book is of great value in outlining the major tenets, flaws, and evidences for each belief. Though complex, the scientific discussions are clear and understandable. Also, the Bible is treated with the utmost respect. The authors only differ in their interpretation of certain passages; yet, they all agree that it is the infallible, inspired Word of God. A reader may not come away with a changed or decided opinion, but no reader can walk away without an appreciation of God’s hand in creation.

 

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

This book is suggested for anyone interested in science or creation theories. Due to heavy scientific discussion, the content may be better suited for those in high school or older.

Christian Impact

This book shows the evidence for a Creator in creation, no matter what specific stance one takes. It may help Christians to understand brothers and sisters with different viewpoints.

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