What did the writer of Genesis mean by "the first day"? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture?
In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God's intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth.
With this book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically savvy, theologically astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.
©2011 John C. Lennox (P)2011 Zondervan
John C.Lennox has done something quite profound here. He has shown that there is no need for religion and science to be in conflict. He will no doubt have detractors on both sides of the divide, but that is as it should be. He offers a very plausible interpretation of the Genesis account that fits in quite well with what we know of the world from science.
He points out that if we believe the scripture to be the infallible word of God then we must also acknowledge that our own interpretation of that Word is not necessarily infallible as well.
Patrick Lawlor does a fine job narrating what must be somewhat complex text at times.
Love this book. John Lennox is very informative and I appreciate his insights and overview of the issue. It's making me think through what I've believed and how to critically analyze scientific discovery in conjunction with Biblical revelation.
Frank Muller. I had to turn this book off the first time I tried to listen as I found Patrick Lawlor so difficult to listen to. It was so off-putting that I couldn't proceed. After awhile, my fascination with hearing the content superseded my frustration with the narrator's voice, and I am enjoying the content immensely. However, I do not care for his style of narrating.
A bit of a loaded question, considering that this is the first nonfiction audiobook that I've listened to, but it is still among the best.
In Six Days by John Ashton.
It covers a similar topic and also presents a number of different interpretations of the six days of Creation.
No, I haven't.
"In the beginning, God..."
I've read a handful of other books by Lennox and he never fails to calmly, confidently and competently (alliteration! woo!) address some of the most controversial subjects in the issues of Origins and Cosmology. I would recommend Seven Days That Divide the World to anyone interested in a clear-headed study of the various interpretation of the Genesis account of Creation. No one, single interpretation is lauded as final truth. The listeners are left to decide for themselves, which I appreciate.
In addition to the main story, the appendices offer additional content of interest on related topics in the modern Origins debate.
engaging, relevant, stimulating
inflections of his voice to convey the intent of the author
I will "read" other similar works to further my understanding of the truth as it IS not simply as I want it to be.
Dr. Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. This book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.
* Employs the lessons learned during the Galileo situation.
* Holds to the notion that the infallibility of scripture should not be confused with one's interpretation of scripture.
* Offers a succinct survey of the chief interpretations of Genesis One.
* Analyses the Hebrew word for "Day" (Yom).
* Evaluates the work of Collins, Behe, Walton, and others.
* Provides his view of humanity's special creation.
* Analysis of the "Cosmic Temple View".
Dr. Lennox gives a breathtaking lecture that is at the very least, no matter what you believe, stimulating and though provoking.
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