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The following annotations are intended to provide specific information regarding at least: the technical level of scientific discussion (if applicable), treatment of Genesis and the Bible in general, adherence to a literal six day creation and a young earth, and whether or not the resource is helpful and to whom it is recommended.

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Evolution’s Fatal Fruit

This is a well written book that deals primarily with the development of Darwinian evolution and works toward its social impact as most grossly seen in the suggested relationship between Darwinian theory and Adolf Hitler’s holocaust.  Written by a former atheist and evolutionist, this volume argues against Darwinian evolution primarily on the basis of philosophical and sociological implications as already seen in history.  It does not argue from science, though the author has over 25 years experience in teaching chemistry and physics.  It does not frame arguments from Scripture, nor does it explicitly argue for biblical creation according to Genesis.  Its greatest strength may be found in its historical research and informative citations.  It is a useful resource to consider for biographical and historical detail as well as an examination of a select survey of social and philosophical implications.

DeRosa, Tom.  Evolution’s Fatal Fruit.  Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 2006.

Evolution: A Theory in Crisis

This is a must read for any student interested in considering scientific objections to the theory of evolution from a secular perspective.  Written by an agnostic geneticist, this volume presents a number of very powerful challenges against the theory of Darwinian evolution.  One of the chief values of this work is that it is written from a secular perspective that is not interested in a theistic position, yet is willing to acknowledge certain implications.  In fact, Denton seems to argue for an alternative view to life’s diversity without having to look to supernatural explanations—he maintains a naturalistic presupposition.  This being said, he begins the volume by reviewing the descent of biblical conviction after the enlightenment; he entitles this opening chapter, “Genesis Rejected.”  Though some of the material is fairly technical, it is presented in an understandable fashion that should be accessible to most readers.  A recommended resource provided a careful discernment regarding Denton’s presuppositions and lack of biblical consideration.

Denton, Michael.  Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.  Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, 1986.

Origin of Species

This is an edited version of the original flagship work published by Charles Darwin that officially represents the treatise on his theory of natural selection. The ideas presented in this work are responsible for founding what is now known as the theory of Darwinian evolution.  Not very technical in nature, but very well written. Much of what this work lacks is owing to the limitations of scientific instrumentation and the refinement of scientific discovery. This is a very important work to read for anyone who wishes to understand exactly what Darwin taught. Primary sources are always important to any discussion concerning their influence. Recommended for reference and familiarity, especially for the more serious student.

Darwin, Charles.  The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for LifeNew York: Gramercy Books, 1979 (orig. 1859).

Scientific Facts in the Bible

This is a small booklet of 95 pages that systematically presents 100 reasons to believe the Bible is supernatural in origin.  This is clearly a work that is specifically intended to present rational and historical arguments in support of the veracity of Scripture.  Most of the articles are cited along with many quotations from various individuals, both Christian and secular.  It is a very accessible booklet with an evangelistic appeal.  Perhaps one of its weaknesses is in its strong evidential appeal without any presuppositional discussion.  A good resource for distribution, not exactly intended to serve as a research tool.

Comfort, Ray.  Scientific Facts in the Bible.  Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2001.

God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists

A thought-provoking volume that challenges the atheistic mindset using Scripture and intuitive reason or “common sense.” It is replete with humor and is clearly driven with evangelistic zeal. This is not a technical volume dealing with scientific evaluations or methodologies, nor does it assume to be; though a number of scientific principles are employed as the basis for disputation. Though not a “scientific” resource, nor an exegetical exposition, it does present several basic arguments for a biblical cosmology. It is most certainly a useful book for evangelistic distribution and personal edification.

Comfort, Ray.  God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists.  Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2002.

In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood

This is a valuable asset for any student interested in biblical cosmology. It presents well documented research in an understandable format, addressing a vast array of cosmological considerations. Arguments are framed from a scientific platform, yet the author faithfully demonstrates that objective, empirical, observational science does not contradict the teaching of Scripture but rather supports it. One major focus of the book is placed on the Flood and the author’s “Hydroplate Theory” as superior scientific explanations to current geological phenomena, both of which find their basis in Scripture. The author argues that the division in Peleg’s day was a water division (p. 254) and argues against a canopy theory (pp. 260-268). Both of these issues ought not to be argued dogmatically from a scientific perspective, but should be examined from a careful exegetical analysis of Scripture. Dealing with 137 categories of scientific evidence, this volume is accessible to the non-technical student, yet avails valuable technical data as well for the more serious researcher. A well recommended resource.

Brown, Walt.  In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood.  7th ed. Hong Kong, 2001.

7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave

This is a work on pertinent philosophical influences on society and contemporary thinking, rather than a work that deals explicitly with any sort of scientific analysis or biblical exegesis. It is, however, a helpful resource for the purpose of gaining a more informed understanding of the historical development of human thinking as it relates to origins, purpose, and destiny and how these relate to science and the Bible.

Breese, D.  7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave.  Chicago, IL: Moody Press., 1990.

Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe

This is effectively a compilation of updated and revised articles of previous works from each of the respective authors.  Clearly a concerted effort to present a multi-faceted challenge to the theory of evolution with a strong aim toward intelligent design (ID).  The authors are three of the leading ID representatives who are well qualified scientists.  The appendices of this book represents nearly half of the volume and offers new material that addresses and answers current criticism of ID.  Fairly technical in nature and most certainly not argued from a biblical perspective, this volume will not be as helpful to the average hobbyist.  The last essay in the appendix argues for interdisciplinary dialogue between science and theology via “explanatory power” approach over the traditional “rational compulsion” method.  The careful student of the Bible must be discerning and guard from a wholesale acceptance of ID and its reasoning.  ID presents very useful evidence and arguments that demonstrate scientific compatibility with a literal understanding of Scripture, however, ID also promotes an epistemic support that does not presuppose the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and sufficient source of knowledge for understanding reality.  A resource that may be useful to the more serious student of cosmology provided that a sound biblically-based resource is used as a compliment.

Behe Michael, William Dembski, and Stephen Meyer.  Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe.  San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2000.

Darwin’s Black Box

This is one of the flagship works that presented a revolutionary challenge to the theory of biochemical evolution from the analysis of a microbiologist. This volume does not argue in favor of biblical cosmology, but rather presents severe challenges to the largely unchallenged allegiance to the theory of evolution within the scientific community. Behe effectively popularized the concept of “irreducible complexity” as an argument for “intelligent design.” He persuasively argues that biochemical systems exhibit irreducibly complex features and systems that preclude the possibility of evolutionary development. The volume is fairly technical, incorporating technical data and research to support his thesis. Behe does argue against wholesale acceptance of Darwinism, however, does not dismiss the possibility of limited evolution (as in micro-evolution). This work does not address the creation of the world overtly, nor does it make any allusions to the age of the earth. It is an important work to consider for any student interested in understanding the intelligent design debate and associated challenges to the theory of evolution at the detailed scientific level.

Behe, M.  Darwin’s Black Box.  New York: Touchstone., 1996.

In Six Days

As the title suggests, this volume is a compilation of essays from fifty different highly educated and critically thinking contemporary scientists who believe that the biblical account of creation is not only scientifically tenable, it is the most reasonable explanation of origins.  The editor, John Ashton, does a fine job of demonstrating that world-class scientists, from a variety of scientific disciplines, do not find a literal understanding of the Genesis account of creation to be incompatible with the latest and most advanced body of “scientific” knowledge.  As many of the scientists argue, interpretation of the supposed “evidence” is the critical point of disagreement; it is not a matter of good science versus bad science, it is a matter of presupposition and interpretation of data.  Each of the scientists who contributed to this work believes in a literal six-day creation according to the biblical account as the historical documentation of the origin of life on earth.  This volume avails encouragement to the careful student of the Bible from highly qualified scientists.  A recommended resource that is well presented, informative, and equipping, yet not too technical.

Ashton, J, ed.  In Six Days – Why Fifty Scientists Choose To Believe In Creation.  Green Forest, AR: Master Books, Inc., 2003.

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