Creation And Evolution: Sorting Perspectives In Four Recent Publications -- By: Amy F. Galen
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Creation And Evolution:
In Four Recent Publications
Mrs. Galen holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from Columbia and is currently pursuing graduate studies in theology.
Charles E. Hummel, The Galileo Connection — Resolving Conflicts between Science and the Bible, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 293 pp., 1986
Norman L. Geisler and J. Kerby Anderson, Origin Science — A Proposal for the Creation - Evolution Controversy, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House 198 pp., 1987
Howard J. Van Till, Davis A. Young and Clarence Menninga, Science Held Hostage — What’s Wrong with Creation Science and Evolutionism, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press 189 pp., 1988
Vernon Blackmore and Andrew Page, Evolution — The Great Debate Oxford: Lion Publishing 192pp., 1989
There has been a struggle among evangelicals for well over a century concerning the nature of life and the relationship between theology and science. Was life created or did it evolve? Is a literal reading of Genesis a criterion of faithfulness, or is it a sign of scientific ignorance? The books reviewed in this article attempt to delve into these questions by examining a particular facet of the purported conflict between scientific endeavor and Christian belief. The perspectives are wide-ranging and the authors are thorough in presenting their carefully delineated areas of investigation. The scientific and philosophical issues that lie beneath the controversy are competently, even scathingly, handled. In my opinion, however, the theological issues are glossed over in an attempt to mitigate the polemics. None of the authors even begins to build a creative anthropology — an effort that is sorely needed if the depths of the controversy are truly to be plumbed.
Charles Hummel approaches the conflict historically. In a well-researched series of portraits he illustrates how, in Galileo’s terms, “the Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.” He gives a thorough account of scientific perspectives from Aristotle to Newton, emphasizing that the Christian worldview has encouraged, rather than discouraged, an empirical investigation
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of the laws of nature based upon a deeply rooted faith that such an investigation was a “sacred duty and privilege.”
In discussing Kepler, Hummel highlights the compatibility of his faith in both sustaining and encouraging his drive to interpret the physical world. In Hummel’s view, the “scientific” reliability of the Bible is an inappropriate assumption, and he candidly admits to his own fa...
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