The rise of new atheism brings in its wake a resurgence among Evangelical Christians a deeper understanding and desire for an adequate apologetic. Among the topics among the rise are those of creation and evolution. The question of beginnings is nothing new, to be sure, but it has garnered an interest that is sweeping across the globe as worldviews continue to collide into each other. It’s at a time like this that a book like 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution is so very needed.
In a world where many assume that Christianity does not dare exist alongside Science or even have claims that challenge it, the question of origins is constantly on the lips of those seeking answers. Where does one begin in his search to find out answers that have been questioned for some time now. Who’s right on these matters? Does Science provide a more in-depth answer to the question of origins than Theism? How old is the Earth? Questions like this are being asked everywhere and it’s vital that, as Christians, we have a ready answer for those seeking.
Before Darwin published his famous work On the Origin of Species, there were hardly any objections to origins of life and the age of the earth. Many took the Theist at face value. His take on the Genesis account was valid because there was simply no other explanation for the origin of life or the variety of species we see on this planet. However, Darwin set out to explore life, first as a Theist, but his studies led him to steer away from the token Theism and branch out in new directions based on an inductive method of study.
In this volume two authors, Kenneth D. Keathley and Mark F. Rooker, seek to establish the question of life, but not only that. They also seek to create an apologetic based on carefully researched evidence. Here in a relatively short volume they build a cumulative case for Intelligent Design, the age of the earth, the Biblical record of a Nohaic flood, and Evolution. Thou this book is a bit odd, written from both a young-earth position (Rooker) and an old-earth creationism (Keathley) position. Though the two different views appear in the answers to their questions the authors make a note to say that “Our fellowship in Christ is strong. We both affirm the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, and we both believe that the God Who gave us the Bible is the God Who created heaven and earth” (23).
The answers they provide are clear and well thought out. They write in an engaging style which does not bore the reader to tears but encourages him/her to follow the evidence. It also is an interesting volume in that it makes room for discussion and disagreement with humbleness. They don’t have all the answers, nor do they claim to. They simply present their cases as a lawyer would do so in a court. They have a record which they draw from and call on the sciences to support their positions.
In a small volume which could not possibly account for the totality of the evidence from the various sciences, the authors do a good job to make the main things come through their writing. They do not get held up on secondary and tertiary matters when analyzing the various arguments their questions bring. An impressive book written by friends from two varying camps. We could all be so humble to agree to disagree among ourselves like these authors have. A great volume I’d heartily recommend to those asking questions on our origins.