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Three Views on Creation and Evolution

J.P. Moreland (editor), John Mark Reynolds (editor)

(paperback edition), Zondervan Publishing House, 296 pp., 1999

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Just as there are conflicting interpretations on origins within the naturalistic community, the theistic community also has it's own variations. This book reveals three different Christian worldviews about our origins: Young-Earth Creationism (Nelson and Reynolds), Progressive Creationism (Robert C. Newman), and Theistic Evolution (Howard J. Van Till). We have worldview talks everyday of our lives and in this book we have the opportunity to listen to a lively virtual discussion. Moreland and Reynolds create this atmosphere of a large roundtable meeting by each author presenting their position and those around the table (Walter Bradley, John J. Davis, J.P. Moreland, and Vern S. Poytress) critiquing their specific position. At the end of the formal discussion, Richard H. Bube and Phillip E. Johnson reflect on science, specifically Methodological Naturalism and Intelligent Design.

Moreland and Reynolds' introduction and reason for this virtual debate is stated well: "Because Christians are interested in the truth and because they are called to proclaim and defend their views to an unbelieving world, it is important for the believing community to think carefully about how to integrate their carefully formed theological beliefs with a careful evaluation of the 'deliverances' of science, especially in the area of creation and evolution."

So, whether you are a theist, agnostic, atheist, or mystic, reading this book will help you better understand why Christians hold three diverse perspectives on creation and evolution and in turn allow you to dialogue more knowingly with those you may disagree with.

J. P. Moreland, professor of theology at Talbot School of Theology, lives in Yorba Linda, CA. John Mark Reynolds, director of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, lives in La Mirada, CA. Contributing scholars are: Paul Nelson, Robert Newman, Howard Van Till, John Jefferson Davis, Walter Bradley, Vern Poythress, Philip Johnson, and Richard Bube.

Author Biography: Richard Bube receievd his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University. He joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1962 with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering. In September 1992 he became Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering after 44 years of continuous involvement in scientific research.;John Jefferson Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.;J.P. Moreland (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, La Mirda, California.;Paul Nelson is a fellow at the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture in Seattle.;Robert C. newman is director of the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute at Biblical Theological, Hatfield, Pennsylvania.;Vern S. Poythress (Ph.D., Harvard; D.Th., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.;John Mark Reynolds is director of Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, La Mirada, California.;Howard J. Van Till is professor of physics at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: J.P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds

1. Young Earth Creationism: Paul Nelson and John Mark Reynolds
  • Reponses
    • Walter L. Bradley
    • John Jefferson Davis
    • J.P. Moreland
    • Vern S.Poythress
  • Conclusion
2. Progressive Creationism ("Old Earth Creationism"):Robert C. Newman
  • Responses
    • Walter L. Bradley
    • John Jefferson Davis
    • J.P. Moreland
    • Vern S. Poythress
  • Conclusion
3. The Fully Gifted Creation ("Theistic Evolution"): Howard J. Van Till
  • Responses
    • Walter L. Bradley
    • John Jefferson Davis
    • J.P. Moreland
    • Vern S. Poythress
  • Conclusion
Postscript: Final Reflections on the Dialogue
  • Reflection 1: Richard H. Bube
  • Reflection 2: Phillip E. Johnson

Selected Bibliography

The Contributors

Person Index

Subject Index


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