Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation

A friend of mine has a new book out that I want to bring to everyone's attention. This is my new #1 recommended resource for homeschoolers (besides my books, of course). =)

Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation
The Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation surveys every major issue relating to the theology and science of creation. This includes proofs that the universe was created and designed by God, a discussion of the compatibility of Genesis with major theories in modern science, a survey of evangelical opinion regarding the age of Earth and the nature of Noah’s flood, and an analysis of ancient non-biblical creation myths. Highly trained scientists and authors Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts are uniquely qualified to report these findings that are in line with their Christian faith. The book also includes fascinating and helpful photographs and charts.

This is an easy-to-understand, but thoroughly complete, introduction to old-earth creationism. But it's way more than that, too. It answers practically every issue related to the science-faith discussion, particularly as it relates to the age of the earth. Want to know if radiometric dating is reliable? Yep, it's covered. And you'll probably actually understand it. Want to know about the various interpretations of Genesis 1 without having to read an entire book? Yep, it's there. Seriously, I can't think of a topic that isn't covered. It's full color with tons of illustrations and charts.

The best comparable I can think of is Answers in Genesis' Answers Book. Only, this book is WAY better because it has more information. Well that, and it's written from an old-earth creation perspective. Big kudos to the publisher for having the courage to get behind this valuable resource!

This book is an absolute MUST HAVE for all old-earth homeschoolers.


Sherry C said...

Do you think an eleven-year-old science buff could understand this book? I'm always looking for good quality materials for his little sponge of a brain to absorb.

Child of God said...

I think so. If he's interested in science, he'd probably be motivated to look through it. You could also use it as a discussion tool. You can look over the table of contents and excerpts on the amazon site.

Virginia Peterson said...

I agree with your assessment of the book. Everyone should get one for their church library too! :)

Another book I've been reading lately is "The Bible, rocks and time", by Davis Young and Ralph Stearly. There haven't been many books from an OE Christian perspective about geology, and this one does a good job. It's full of detail, but meant to be for lay people, so I don't think an average scientifically-literate person would have too much trouble with it. It covers both biblical and geological arguments, including radiometric dating. The only thing I disagree with so far is that they take an accommodation view of Scripture, particularly in regards to the firmament in Gen. 1:7 - "everyone in ancient times believed that the sky was a solid dome...".

BTW, I really liked Dual Revelation - exactly what I was hoping it would be, and thought-provoking.