Consider this: Genesis recounts the story of creation, step-by-step: "Let there be light";"Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear";"Let the earth bring forth [vegetation]";"Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life";"God created the whales";"And God created ... every winged fowl." For thousands of years, Judeo-Christian belief has accepted this progression as truth. And now, thanks to recent scientific discoveries, the scientific community does too (though without mention of "God").
In The Genesis Enigma, respected evolutionary biologist Andrew Parker explains each parallel between Genesis and science in detail--and the closer he looks, the more amazing the parallels become. But the Genesis account has no right to be correct. The author or authors could not have known these things happened in this order, and with the highlights science has come to recognize. Ultimately, Parker argues, it must be divine inspiration that guided the writing of the Bible. This startling conclusion will make The Genesis Enigma a must-read for believers and scientists alike.
- A Valuable Resource in the Debate
Although I consider myself an advocate of BioLogos (the harmony of science and Scripture), I somehow never noticed what Andrew Parker brings to our attention here - that Genesis 1 really does parallel the accepted sequence of natural selection. The audiobook, while well-narrated, baffled me with its repeated references to "anthropods" , causing me to rush home and Google the word, which would even baffle that high-bred lowbrow, Bertie Wooster. I can just hear him saying, "I say, Jeeves, does that mean a spider wearing wingtip shoes?" A perusal of the text version actually referred to "arthropods", much to my relief.) I was pleased toward the end of the book, when Parker invoked C. S. Lewis' metaphysics, although he does quote Lewis' "Life Force" scenario slightly out-of-context (see note at the end of Part I, Chapter 4 of 'Mere Christianity' for its original context.) All told, "The Genesis Enigma" should be an encouragement to anybody who accepts that all truth is God's truth, even if it conflicts with our preconceived notions.
- Well written and eye opening, the...
Well written and eye opening, the Genesis enigma will challenge some of the foundational beliefs about creation theology (if you let it). This book is a little challenging to read at times, but is well worth the intellectual struggle. Great narration makes you feel like you are in a classroom receiving a lecture that covers the whole history of evolutionary thought.
Extremely informative to those who want to know more about evolution.