Thursday, January 22, 2009

Coming To Grips With Genesis: Biblical Authority and The Age of the Earth

[Dr. Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury]
[9780890515488] Retail Price: $16.99
Web Price: $13.59

Angie's Take:
I have to mention how important it is to be curious. Too often we take someone's word for what we should really discover ourself. Think about the Bible. How often have you really challenged a speaker or even your own religious leader in the presentation of a certain verse or passage? Do you? Or do you just accept whatever they say as honest and true to the intent of the Word of God?

I'm one who isn't satisfied with the answer just because someone says it is so. I like to explore and discover if that is the correct assumption.

What I like about this book, Coming To Grips With Genesis, is the in depth research presented to back up the debate about a young earth. Not only are modern arguments well presented, but so is the original man who introduced an idea-even if it is quite ancient. I had no clue how accessible some of our ancient religious scholars could be. I also was surprised at how many philosophers, scientists, orators and religious fathers could be found and quoted.

I began to understand more fully where some of the original erroneous ideology comes from and how circuoutus. I was stunned to learn some of the ancient knowledge about the creation of the earth and the formation of certain words in the original language. I was impressed by the chronological tracing through the thought processes of educated scholars from many sources including Greek, Jewish, and Christian as well as pagan up to the present scientific community.

In my opinion, this is an excellent teaching source on not only Genesis, but also excellent logic and speech and debate.

Do you want to expand your mind and ability to reason? Take the time to explore.

One draw back that is actually a benefit: I know, you are saying, "Huh? How can a draw back be a benefit?"
It's a technical read. You will need a dictionary for an occasional word. That can be daunting. But honestly, what's so bad about learning a new word now and then? What's so bad about being directed to the source the information is pulled from? It's not the easiest book you'll ever read, but it is one that holds a wealth of research at your fingertips.

So who would enjoy reading this? I think people who are open-minded and enjoy tough debate, especially methodic and precise personalities, and those that would like a great resource to help sort out the old versus new creationism. I think students who are in high school and college would learn well with a mentor/teacher guiding them through, but if speech/debate teams studied the words of the master debaters through the ages, I think they would excel in competitions. Think about it, the great minds down through the centuries are all willing to engage in healthy debate. Many of those "conversations" are in this book. The editors have included many great thinkers and their use of logic through excellent written debate and oration.

The book blurb:
Fourteen theological scholars address key topics related to the age of the earth, which is the crucial issue of debate in the church today regarding origins. Bringing to bear rigorous biblical, theological, and historical arguments in favor of a six-day creation, the global Flood, and a young earth, they also provide much-needed critiques of a number of contemporary old-earth interpretations of the book of Genesis.

This fresh defense of the literal history of Genesis 1-11 nicely complements other studies which focus more on the scientific evidence of young-earth creationism. As such, this book can serve as a versatile supplement to other works, but is also designed to be used as a standalone text for seminary and Bible college professors and students, pastors, missionaries, and others who want in-depth apologetic resources.

Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth includes:

Forewords by Dr. John MacArthur, President of the Master’s Seminary and Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA; and the later Dr. Henry Morris, Founder and President Emeritus, Institute for Creation Research, Detailed analysis of the verbs of Genesis 1, A defense of the Genesis 5 & 11 genealogies as strict chronologies, Reasons for rejecting millions of years of death and natural evil before Adam’s sin, Careful reflection on Jesus’ teachings regarding a young earth.
6 x 9 • 450 Pages • Paperback

Buy it here
or by calling New Leaf Press at: 800-999-3777
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