Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science

Kobo ebook | August 23, 2011

byJohn C. Lennox

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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.

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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 ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 23, 2011Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031049219X

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changing book on the relationship between science and creation “Do you believe in the bible or science? Creation or evolution?”   This has been the framework i have operated from for the majority of my Christian life: that one had to choose between one or the other.  And there are, surely, voices on both sides of the debate that would say the framework was sound and absolutely right.  And yet that particular “box checking” has never sat entirely well with me. Enter, John C Lennox – Professor of mathematics at Oxford as well as Fellow in Mathematics and the philosophy of science + pastoral advisor at Green Temple college, Oxford – who has written a book that pushed over a number of cardboard walls in my mind and at least posed the question that maybe – just maybe – the choice is not quite as simple as all that.  If, for no other reason than this, i am grateful for this book. In his opening chapter of the book, “But does it move? A lesson from history” Dr. Lennox brings us back to the 16th century when Copernicus and Galileo (scientists who themselves operated from a Christian worldview) who challenged both the science and the biblical understanding of their day by suggesting that the earth was not, in fact, the centre of the universe, and proposed a heliocentric universe.  Their ideas were condemned both by science and by the church in their day. And yet … without a moment’s thought there is no one today who would even blink at saying that both science and the church were wrong at that time in saying that the earth was fixed and the universe revolved around it.  One would look foolish today to argue against such things, for we can now clearly see the truth of the matter. And, in so doing, Dr. Lennox creates a compellingly reasonable doubt – or at the very least, the necessity of humility –  when suggesting that neither Dawkins nor the hardcore “six 24-hour-day creation” guys have it completely right. I think Lennox rightly points out, right from the start of his book, that as evangelical Christians we are all really Creationists.  That term has been recently dominated by the six 24-hour day guys; but from the neo-atheist side, we are all Creationists – and so we are.  We would all say – unequivocally and without reservation – that we believe that God (through Jesus) made the heavens and the earth and all that exists within them. And it is only the how of creation that we disagree over. But in the same way that i might disagree theologically with an Arminian or an Egalitarian, i may struggle with the “six 24-hour day” position, but i would not for a moment question the reality of conversion, the love of Jesus, or the commitment to the authority of Scripture of anyone who held those positions. -  Dr. Lennox outlines his own position in the bulk of the book which – as best as i can understand it – is that God is the author of the “Big Bang” from which He created the universe (much as science has maintained) and that God then specially created mankind upon the earth He designed for us to be abel to live on (as the Scriptures testify).  In summary, you could say he purports an old earth (4.6 billion years old) but with a literal Adam and Eve. Or even, as he says early on in his introduction, “We think that, since God is the author of both His Word the Bible and of the universe, that there must ultimately be harmony between correct interpretation  of the biblical data and correct interpretation of the scientific data.” After this, he goes on, in appendices, to interact with both the “Cosmic temple” view of Genesis 1 and 2 as well as the “theistic evolution” view, which i think he deals with quite adequately in this short book while still doing justice to them. _ The sum of it all is this: If you are convinced that the science of geology, biology and cosmology are correct, and that religion is nuts, i recommend this book to you unreservedly.  If you are convinced that the bible is plain about how God made the earth and that science is “pagan” and only out to disprove God, i would recommend this book to you unreservedly.  And, all you other lot in between, i recommend it to you as well. The point is this: whether you accept or agree with Dr. Lennox’s conclusions or not, reading this book will surely be time well spent.  One of the chief benefits of which, being shown that we can hold a deep love and trust in the authority of the Scriptures and the truth of God’s creation, w/o having to ignore or somehow demonize scientific research. http://outin2thedeep.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/seven-days-that-divide-the-world-book-review/
Date published: 2014-03-17