As a Christian, I believe in the principles of Creationism. However, I have long battled with if (or how) Creationism could coexist with the scientific view of history. This book deals with the conflict between conservative Christians believing that the Earth is 6,000 years old and the vast majority of scientists believing that Earth is 4.5 million years old. In the author’s words, “The purpose of this book is to assist pastors and other church leaders who may lack appropriate scientific qualifications to deal with that important question.” Although I am not a pastor, I saw this book as an opportunity to expand my knowledge and challenge my own thinking on the subject.
Before I purchased this book, I wondered from which point of view I should expect to hear from. Was he a fellow Christian? Or was he scientific minded individual that would “mock” people who think like me? This book is written by a Christian and states his belief in the Apostles Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son…” And he uses lots of biblical text as a source of reference, which I like.
This book is laid out in a way that is very easy to understand. Theories and terms that I was not familiar with (probably common-knowledge to those better versed in the subject) were explained well for a lay-person like myself.
If you are looking for a book that will give you all of the answers in black and white, you won’t find it here. This book asks you questions and allows you to draw your own conclusions on the subject. It was a good read that stretched my knowledge and made me challenge my own views. And isn’t that what we should all expect in a book like this?
Is the earth really just 6,000 years old, as many conservative Christians believe? Or is it really 4,500,000,000 years old, as the vast majority of scientists believe? It is a big difference. Almost a million times different! The purpose of this book is to assist pastors and other church leaders who may lack appropriate scientific qualifications to deal with that important question. The book is short and uses a Question/Discussion format to help readers think for themselves. Its balanced approach which appreciates both Biblical and scientific knowledge helps the reader see that the Genesis account is not speaking about a recent creation at all.