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Item description for The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theory on a Biblical Foundation by Paul Garner & Andrew Snelling...
Overview In the increasingly secular age in which we live, it is all too easy to forget that the major disciplines of science were founded
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Studio: EP Books
Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2009
Publisher EP Books
ISBN 0852346921 ISBN13 9780852346921
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Excellent Introduction to Creation Science Dec 4, 2009
In 1982 What Is Creation Science? (WCS) by Henry M. Morris & Gary E. Parker appeared. It endeavored to explain a very generalized scientific creation world view to a lay audience. Parker, a biologist, wrote the first part dealing with the life sciences and Morris, a hydraulics engineer, scribed the section on the physical sciences. This book presented the case for creation without reference to Biblical arguments and citations. The Institute for Creation Research (ICR), at that time, was promoting its two model approach which compared and contrasted the evidence for the creation and evolution models to origins. WCS and the earlier more technical Scientific Creationism (general edition) (1974) were published years before the rise of the Intelligent Design (ID) movement. ICR's two model approach and ID both strove to decouple Biblical bias from their creation/design arguments. WCS is filled with quotes of evolutionists who themselves point out the weaknesses of their own theory. These quotations and resulting discussions were made to show the merits of the creation model from a strictly scientific perspective and to allow for a wider readership by secular audiences. While much in the earlier volume is similar to Paul Gardner's The New Creationism (TNC) there is a significant difference in emphasis.
TNC is specifically geared to the Christian market and includes many Biblical references as it sets forth the Biblical view of origins emphasizing the Creation, the Fall, the Flood and post-Flood eras. TNC is written in a lay friendly manner and while confrontation with evolutionary theory is inevitable it is de-emphasized in favor of establishing a Biblical creationary overview. Garner writes, "In this book, I will, where necessary, offer criticisms of conventional theories; however, my main aim is to summarize the work of modern-day scholars who are seeking to restore the biblical foundations of the scientific enterprise and build positive creationist theories in the field of origins." (p. 15) What are some of the differences between these two books? In the Morris & Parker book much space is given to the importance of the second law of thermodynamics as a major hindrance to macro evolutionary theory (WCS, pp. 156-188) while in The New Creationism the "law of entropy" is mentioned once, (p. 37). TNC does strongly present the importance of the curse (Genesis 3) on creation (pp. 155-164). Unlike WCS, Garner's book involves not just recent creationary research unavailable in 1982, but details very specific creation theories that can be confirmed or falsified. It discusses the original time dilation theory of Russell Humphrey, Catastrophic Plate Tectonics, the RATE research, Kurt Wise's floating forest ideas, Michael Oard's Ice Age studies, the growing discipline of Baraminology and many other innovative creation concepts. Garner believes these are the most promising of recent creationary proposals. He wisely cautions, "Although I have tried to summarize what I regard as the best research at the time of writing, not all the ideas in this book will stand the test of time. Some of these theories will have to be revised or abandoned while Scripture remains true for all time." (p. 16)
TNC starts with cosmological questions like the Big Bang theory, and proceeds to the formation of galaxies, stars and the solar system and Earth, It discusses. the issue of the Biblical time frame verses the deep time paradigm of the secular science establishment with critiques of radiometric dating, origin of life studies, uniformitarianism, and evolution evidences. It discusses Flood catastrophism, the fossil record, post Flood events such as the Ice Age, distribution of mankind, the origin of races, and other issues.
Garner, who holds advanced degrees in both biology and geology, writes in a very easy to understand style that many non-specialist readers will appreciate. This volume is good introduction to current creationary thinking. It has numerous helpful diagrams and illustrations, bibliography, website listings, index, extensive endnotes and numerous commendations.
REAL Foundations Oct 5, 2009
Why develop Creationism on a Biblical foundation when one can just as effectively develop it on a foundation consisting entirely of cornflakes soaked in grape juice?