Book Review: The God Who is Real -- By: Anonymous
The God Who is Real
Dr. Henry M. Morris
Reviewed by Ron Zuck
Many people associate Charles Darwin with the formation of evolutionary theory. Historically, this is inaccurate. As one studies ancient civilization, the ideas of an evolutionary development become apparent. The early Greeks explained nature from an evolutionary point of view. In Acts 17 we find named the major proponents of this viewpoint, the Epicureans and the Stoics. Acts also records Paul’s use of a different evangelism strategy when confronting Greek citizenry with the Gospel.
In The God Who is Real, Dr. Morris suggests that we currently face the same mentality as Paul did. In Paul’s day the basis for life was devoid of a Creator of the universe. Consequently, when reasoning with Gentiles, Paul began with the creation, moving his audience toward the Creator. Morris follows the same pattern.
His first task is to demonstrate the inadequacy of any god other than the Creator. Morris points out that there are only two alternatives for the origin of the cosmos; either it has a created beginning or it does not. If there is no Creator, then all that we experience must have come about by a random ordering of chaos to complexity. Hence chance is in control and, as Morris observes, a god of chance is impotent to exert a positive influence in a chaotic situation. This is the dilemma evolutionary thinking faces.
Since there is no personal God in the evolutionist’s system, men create gods to satisfy their inner craving for a higher authority. Morris discerns that if evolution is deified, then whatever advances evolution becomes right and moral. The major trouble with this thinking is that the elite in power decide what are the desirable evolutionary goals. The atrocities of totalitarian governments are examples of these goals. In the final analysis, an evolutionary god is an amoral god. No one is safe; there is no standard higher than man.
Having established that, in the end, an evolutionary system leaves mankind with an impotent, immoral god, Morris considers the alternative — a Creator.
Beginning with science, he cites evidence which can only point to a Creator. Everything in the universe fits because it is designed to fit. The first and second laws of thermodynamics support the evidence for a Creator. Since this evidence exists in nature, how does one learn more about the Creator?
The final chapter answers this question. Having established the fact of a Creator, Morris presents the evidence for the self-revealing God of the Bible.
Beginning with cause and effect relationships to establish that the Creator is good, he points out that religions have tende...
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