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Book Review: Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins (Part 5 — Final)

The final installment of my (lengthy) review of this important book making the case for theistic evolution.

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See here for Part 1, here for Part 2, here for Part 3, and here for Part 4.

The Extent of the Flood

As already mentioned, USTO disparages a “Bible-first” approach.  Instead, the Bible has to be understood, not only on its own terms, but also in terms of what God is revealing in the “second book” of scientific evidence.  Not surprisingly, this leads USTO to reject the notion of a global flood in the days of Noah.  They grant that the Bible describes some cataclysmic event of massive proportions; however USTO insists that it was not global.  Moreover, “the event is described with a specific theological and literary goal in mind” (241).  It is not meant to provide us with a “hydro-geological” explanation.

Once again we are presented with a false dilemma:  a global flood versus a “specific theological and literary goal.”  This dilemma is false…

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Book Review: Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins (Part 3)

Continuing my way through this hugely problematic tome….

Creation Without Compromise

See here for Part 1, and see here for Part 2.

God, Evolution, and Death

Any model of origins which incorporates the idea of macro-evolutionary history over billions of years is going to have to involve death.  USTO discusses death in numerous places, oftentimes in a positive way.  One of these discussions is early in the second chapter.

USTO aims to maintain the sovereignty of God over creation.  However, it quickly turns out that, because of his love, God has actually relinquished control over his creation:

Parents practice freeing love toward their children when giving them relative freedom to develop and grow.  Similarly, God in freeing love gives creation relative freedom to develop and grow into what it is called in the Son and enabled by the Spirit to be.  God’s covenantal faithfulness to nature is what makes its relative freedom as a gift possible (20).

It ought…

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Book Review: The Lie

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The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years (25th Anniversary Edition), Ken Ham.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2016.  Paperback, 236 pages.

When I was growing up in Edmonton, one of the biggest things that helped me stay convinced of the biblical view of creation was attendance at a number of presentations organized by the Creation Science Association of Alberta.  One in particular stands out in my memory:  Dr. Steven Austin at the Jubilee Auditorium in about 1985.   I remember because his name struck me:  I thought I was going to go and listen to the Six Million Dollar Man.  I also remember because, even though I was only 12 years old, his presentation on Mt. Saint Helens drove home how drastic geological changes can take place in a brief period of time.

Since coming here to Australia, our church has been invited to a couple of similar presentations.  One was from…

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Ten Most-Read Posts of 2019

As we get to the end of another year, let me share with you the ten most-read posts here on Yinkahdinay in the past 12 months.  Interestingly, only three of them were actually written in 2019.

10.  Position Statements on Reformed Churches and Sexual Abuse

9.   The Synod of Dort and the Sabbath

8.  Pastoral Q & A:  Vaccinations (always a contentious topic that gets a lot of interest — for better or for worse)

7.  Isaiah Reveals a Message No One Will Believe: A Good Friday Sermon on Isaiah 53:1-3

6.  The Case that Went Nowhere:  Willis De Boer in the CRC

5.  Can a Christian Eat Black Pudding? (glad that people continue to take an interest in this delicacy!)

4.  What’s Wrong with Hillsong?

3.  The ESV Study Bible vs. The Reformation Study Bible: A Comparison (fourth year running that this post has made the top ten!)

2.  Piper: No Desire to Read the Bible?

1.  Tetelestai:  It is Finished (this one always surprises me — one little Greek word gets a lot of attention!)

And with that, I’m taking my summer vacation beginning January 1 and so I’ll be taking my usual break from blogging.  Hope to see you here again in February!


Creation/Evolution: Ideas Have Consequences

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Dr. Geoff Downes is the director of Forest Quality Pty. Ltd., a private research company in Tasmania seeking to develop and apply technology for non-destructive evaluation of wood properties in trees.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Melbourne in Wood Science and Forest Nutrition.  He works on a voluntary basis for Creation Ministries International.  The Free Reformed Church of Launceston recently welcomed Dr. Downes to speak on the topic of “Creation/Evolution: Ideas Have Consequences.”

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