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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

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Extremely Informative, Narrator Hard to Listen To

Would you listen to Seven Days That Divide the World again? Why?

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Lawlor?

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 After awhile, my fascination with hearing the content superseded my frustration with the narrator's voice, and I am enjoying the content immensely.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.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 11-30-11

Religion and Science Compliment One Another

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.

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A Concise Study of the Creation Days of Genesis

Where does Seven Days That Divide the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What other book might you compare Seven Days That Divide the World to and why?

In Six Days by John Ashton.<br/>It covers a similar topic and also presents a number of different interpretations of the six days of Creation.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"In the beginning, God..."

Any additional comments?

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.<br/>In addition to the main story, the appendices offer additional content of interest on related topics in the modern Origins debate.

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Clear concise thought

I wish more of John Lennox books were on audio that would allow me and others to be able to listen to the wisdom of a truly thinking man

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Mathematician John Lennox is Amazing

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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Brilliant

This is a refreshing look at Biblical creation and the worldview gift that it gives us! The various possibilities and implications are profound.

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  • Chris
  • Jefferson City, MO United States
  • 07-20-15

An Apologist's Dream

This book tackles head on how we as Christians can defend the Bible as fact while still looking at the elephant in the room called scientific fact. Many Christians push people away by their lack of knowledge when it comes to creation. But John C Lennox as a Christian and as a scholar lays it all out how scripture and science can and in fact do co-exist when it comes to the creation story. He in no way endorses evolution he simply explains the stance of a Christian "Old-Age" Creationist. This is worth your time if you have an interest in apologetics and want to know how to defend your faith from the scientific community.

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Great guide to understanding the first 6 days

Def met my expectations and more. John has a way of explaining scholarly issues to laymen. I would def recommend this book to all people no matter if worldview.

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Exceptional

Very intelligently put together and will be a book that I hope to retain the knowledge within

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For serious minds only

If you could sum up Seven Days That Divide the World in three words, what would they be?

engaging, relevant, stimulating

What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

inflections of his voice to convey the intent of the author

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

several

Any additional comments?

I will "read" other similar works to further my understanding of the truth as it IS not simply as I want it to be.

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  • Joelton
  • 11-12-15

A must read for theists and evolutionary atheists.

Totally loved the book, really eye opening I wish that all scientists and their students that are so easily influenced read this book. Thanks you Prof. Lennox.

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  • Steve Harris
  • 10-28-16

Helpful material in intelligent design debate

This book provides some really helpful information in the intelligent design debate.
I did find at times it was not always very linear in its presentation,
The large appendices (about half the book) were probably more interesting than book itself

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  • New rapper convert!
  • 08-02-16

Well read and very interesting content.

I would recommend this book. Some very good points. An important read. It is well structured and presents multiple points of view.