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Straight Answers to Tough Questions

This is a small 46 page booklet that provides helpful answers to twenty categories of questions.  The answer range from addressing the age of the earth to the arguments against theistic evolution.  It is concise, readable, and understandable, while still presenting accessible information. It is not a technical read, though science is certainly used.  Most all references are to other biblical creation material.  It maintains a literal six day creation only thousands of years ago and does frame some arguments from Scripture.  A useful resource for concise reference.

Morris, John, Doug Phillips. Straight Answers to Tough Questions.  El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 1998, 2002.

The Genesis Flood

One of the great classics of biblical creationism argued from a credible scientific analysis while still adhering to and upholding a normal literal interpretation of Genesis.  It is well researched, well written, and carefully documented.  It is considered a scholarly work that does present some fairly technical information at times.  Its analysis of the biblical account of the Flood as it relates to geologic formations and evidences apparent today are still compelling.  Its treatment of Genesis is commendable, providing a careful examination of the credibility of the account by exploring the scientific possibility of Noah’s ark.  There are many points and arguments presented that are still valid and useful, however, the sheer age of the publication limits its helpfulness in the earth sciences categories.  Nearly fifty years old, several references and scientific data points are deprecated requiring that the reader supplement this volume with more current research.

Whitcomb, John, and Henry Morris.  The Genesis Flood.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 1961.

Case for a Creator

In his typical style, Lee Stroble presents persuasive arguments in favor of an intelligent designer as the responsible agent behind the material universe by way of a compilation of several well articulated interviews.  The volume does touch on presuppositional considerations while effectively utilizing empirical evidences availed in modern science.  The strength of the book is found in Stroble’s lawyer style examination of evidence and the credentials of the interviewees.  Several arguments and strong counter-rebuttals to previously stated arguments are quite helpful.  The text is generally accessible and understandable to the non-technical reader, though it is not devoid of technical arguments.  The volume is clearly an argument for intelligent design (ID) and not biblical creation according to Genesis.  Scripture is not presented as the authority or first object of presupposition, however, a summary of the Case for Christ is presented in the appendix.  A helpful resource, especially regarding the most recent counter-rebuttals to ID, however, it is neither technical nor biblically based.

Strobel, Lee.  Case for a Creator.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2004.

The Biblical Basis for Modern Science

A well written book that integrates science and faith in a literal understanding of Scripture.  Scholarly in its treatment of science when scientific evaluations or principles are expounded, however, the focus of this work is not merely scientific in nature.  In its 429 pages of content, it leverages a credible aptitude of scientific understanding and experience more for the purpose of biblically-based devotion to the triune God than for instruction or disputation.  It contains helpful historical information regarding the development of modern science and how it relates to the study of the Bible.  It also contains biographical information along with an appendix listing famous scientists who believed in the Bible and a personal Creator God.  One of the values of the book is that begins every evaluation of a scientific discipline from a biblical presupposition.  Each chapter is subtitled in the format: Biblical _________.  It is not overtly technical in nature but rather quite accessible.  It is thought-provoking and devotional in nature, yet still avails concrete usefulness to the student of cosmology interested in a thoroughly biblical cosmological argument that incorporates science in its explanation.  A recommended resource, primarily for personal devotion and edification.

Morris, Henry. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science.  Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc., 2004.

Scientific Creationism

A very controversial work that must be evaluated in light of its publication date.  There is a timeless quality about this volume, however, there are several examples and quotations that have since been deprecated.  Some evolutionists have ridiculed certain generalizations made in the book and have castigated Morris’ efforts as mere pseudoscience.  These criticisms lack any objective substance and simply fail to demonstrate their claims.  One potential source of contention is that the book suggests itself to be of utility as a science textbook, in which case it does remain wanting of format, content, and style expected in a modern science textbook.  Textbook criteria and emotionally charged criticism aside, this volume does contain a number of valuable and helpful considerations from several scientific disciplines that demonstrate an incompatibility between Darwinian evolution and empirical science while exhibiting several compelling examples of compatibility between empirical science and a literal understanding of Scripture.  Many of the arguments are framed from scientific principles and are argued apart from the Bible, particularly in the first two-thirds of the book.  It contains hundreds of quotations and citations within the scientific sections, with the latter third of the book addressing creation from Scripture.  Its balance between scientific considerations and biblical considerations is helpful to the student of biblical cosmology.  It argues for a literal six day creation only thousands of years ago and is oriented for the non-technical reader.  A useful resource recommended with the caveat that arguments should be evaluated by further investigation in more recent scientifically credible publications.

Morris, Henry. Scientific Creationism.  Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc., 1974, 1985, 2006.

Science and the Bible

This is an outstanding little volume that concisely dispels much of the alleged contention between modern science and the Bible.  With only 128 pages of core material, it is a light read that argues effectively, presenting complex scientific concepts in an easy to understand distilled fashion.  Many basic and general questions are addressed within a selected variety of scientific disciplines.  One chapter is dedicated to the biblical account of the Flood, another to ancient history, and yet another to fulfilled prophecy.  This is a concise volume that is helpful yet not extensive enough in breadth or depth for the serious researcher.  It clearly argues not only against evolutionary dogma and uniformitarian presupposition, but specifically for a literal adherence to the Bible.  It’s obvious aim is the veracity of Scripture.

Morris, Henry. Science and the Bible.  Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1986.

Evolution and the Modern Christian

A very light read that briefly touches on a variety of arguments against evolution and uniformitarian assumptions from both a scientific and biblical perspective.  The majority of scientific emphasis is placed on the discipline of geology and how that relates to other disciplines such as paleontology, archeology, and even physics.  This small 68 page resource is limited in both its breadth and depth, however, may be helpful as an introductory consideration to the biblical framework of scientific creationism.  It argues for a literal six day creation and a young earth.

Morris, Henry. Evolution and the Modern Christian.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1967, 1988.

Biblical Catastrophism and Geology

This is a small 22 page pamphlet that specifically addresses the study of geology.  It opens with a discussion about uniformitarian assumptions and the argument for catastrophism over uniformitarianism.  It quickly moves into the understanding of catastrophism from a biblical framework and concludes with a consideration of implications.  This is not a technical booklet, yet may be helpful as a very concise and accessible read regarding the significance of biblical catastrophism.

Morris, Henry.  Biblical Catastrophism and Geology.  El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 2003.

The Battle for the Beginning

Essentially a commentary dedicated to Genesis chapter 1, along with two complementary chapters on Genesis 2:1-3 and 3:1-24 respectively.  MacArthur does a fine job of specifically addressing various “alternative views” to the normal literal interpretation of Genesis 1.  Though not a scientific volume, it does include several references to scientific considerations and arguments that challenge the theory of evolution and uniformitarianism.  This volume presents a very readable, yet carefully studied exegesis of the most foundational section of the Bible.  It is very helpful to the student of Scripture who is interested in a careful exposition of the biblical account of creation.  It does help to equip the reader to rebut several non-literal “theistic” positions.  It is not a technical volume and therefore does not provide any detailed scientific analysis of cosmology.  Nonetheless, a recommended resource to all.

MacArthur, John.  The Battle for the Beginning.  W Publishing Group, 2001.

Why Won’t They Listen?

This book specifically addresses the impact that the teaching of evolution has had on society.  It is intended to serve as an equipping tool for evangelism and not necessarily a resource for cosmological or biblical study.  It is clearly based upon a normal literal interpretation of Scripture while occasionally appealing to pertinent scientific considerations that align with a literal understanding of the Bible.  Though mostly evidential in nature, it does appeal to a presuppositional approach to the debate between evolution and creation.  A useful resource to consider, however, a biblical approach to evangelism ought to be more thoroughly studied from an exegetical standpoint—dealing more particularly with the righteousness of God as revealed in His law and address the heart—rather than a sociological/philosophical one that uses Scripture.

Ham, Ken. Why Won’t They Listen? Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc., 2003.

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