This book chronicles “eleven scientists who held on to a strong faith while wrestling with the mystery of human origins” and arriving at three distinct schools of thought. Young earth creationists believe in a literal six days of creation of all distinct kinds as recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis and that fossil records are explained by the great flood. Intelligent design proponents are not necessarily religious but hold that the development of life cannot be explained by random chance but by some deliberate process over millions of years. Evolutionary creationists think that the earth is billions of years old and that God created the variation of life through the gradual process of natural selection. The author interviewed respected scientists in biology, biochemistry, geology, genetics, paleontology, and physics who are also committed Christians. Their personal stories of struggling to reconcile science and religion portray how they arrived at such varied conclusions. They have faced harsh criticism by professional colleagues and their faith community because of their work toward understanding how faith and science are compatible. The author presents the strengths and weaknesses of each of the three positions and then gives his own opinions. He emphasizes how this controversial topic tends to stir up strife rather than respectful dialogue in an area of disagreement not necessarily central to belief in God. The chapters are more focused on personal stories than on fully explaining each point of view and how it relates to the Genesis account, so I am left with more questions than answers at the end of the book. I admit my ignorance when it comes to this debate except to say that God must have created all of science as well as faith. I realize that belief about human origins has profound implications for one’s spirituality and worldview. At the risk of sounding too simplistic, may the pursuit of greater understanding never divert our focus from seeking to know the Creator as He has chosen to reveal Himself in the Bible and in the beautiful world around us.
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