God’s Word or Human Reason?: An Inside Perspective on Creationism


ISBN: 9781629013725

Format: Hardback

Pages: 424

Trim: 8 x 10

Categories: Science

God gave humans the ability to reason, but the Bible commands that we have faith in Him. According to Answers in Genesis, the largest and most influential creationist organization in the United States, the conclusions of human reason must be rejected if they contradict our understanding of the Bible. What are the implications of this worldview, and is it the best one for a Christian to live by?

In God’s Word or Human Reason?, five former young-Earth creationists explore the topics of science and Biblical exegesis with the goal of showing that the scientific method does more to glorify God than to denigrate Him. Instead of providing a broad-level overview of the evidence for evolution and an old Earth, this book takes a new approach that considers the detailed expanse of creationist technical literature. The six main chapters provide an in­ depth examination of these arguments in a few key areas, including stratigraphy, radiometric dating, the origins of birds and of humans, and the meaning of the book of Genesis.

Although all five authors once were young-Earth creationists, today they represent a diversity of beliefs: two atheists, two Christians, and one deist. Each has included a personal account of their experiences growing up or participating in the creationist community, as well as the factors that played into their eventually leaving. As an interfaith project, God’s Word or Human Reason? represents the common ground that people of many religious affiliations can find in their appreciation of reason as a means to understand the world.

1 review for God’s Word or Human Reason?: An Inside Perspective on Creationism

  1. Tracy Brown

    This fine book brings together five former creationists in service of a cogent, fair, and richly factual analysis of the viability of Christian-based creationism. Among its several virtues is the fact that it addresses the topic in a fair manner, resulting in an analysis of honesty and intellectual integrity. As such, this book should be read by everyone, particularly those who stand on opposite ends of the continuum, and by those who care about human origins and the moral foundations of society. Five chapters, followed with autobiographical essays by each author, constitute the core of the book. The chapters deal with the geological record, radiometric dating, evolution and the creationist belief in created kinds, human evolution, and the theology of creationism. The authors approach the topics from their own perspectives, but they are united in the simple fact that the scientific evidence against young-earth creationism is completely and utterly incontrovertible.

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