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The Message of Creation (The Bible Speaks Today) [Paperback]

David Wilkinson
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19 July 2002 The Bible Speaks Today
This is a journey through the Bible, which is an exploratory
walk rather than a motorway dash. The large number and diversity of
biblical passages dealing with the theme of creation underlines its central
importance to the biblical message. As a theologian (whose focus is the
Bible) and as an eminent astrophysicist (whose subject is the visible
universe) David Wilkinson is well placed to try to capture some of the
richness of the biblical portrayal of creation. The key to this portrait,
believes David Wilkinson, is to see Father, Son, and Spirit in the
beginning, the sustaining, and the new beginning of creation, giving life
and love in a generosity beyond our imaginings.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (19 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851112692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851112695
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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abounds with all kinds of illustrative material. This is a ‘must’
for every preacher. -- Paul Beasley-Murray; Ministry Today (Baxter Institute); March 2003

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The large number and diversity of biblical passages dealing
with the theme of creation underlines its central importance to the
biblical message.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful! 11 Aug 2002
By Mandy
As a theology student, I bought this is order to complete an assignment on Gensesis and found it extremely useful! It explore many incidents of creation in the Bible and is useful for both beginners and those who have previous knowledge of these subjects. I'd recommend anyone to buy it, but it's probably more useful for academic work than general reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and study guide 20 Oct 2005
By P Moore
Wilkinson makes every effort in this book not to offend Christians who hold differing views about the issue of origins. He does this by carefully and honestly unpicking the scriptures and asking what the authors of each part were literally seeking to convey. At the end of the book he rehearses why he believes the universe is billions of years old, and why he believes this is compatible with an honest and literal (ie what the author literally meant) reading of scripture.

For any Christian wanting to get their head around the origin debate, and then take it futher to see how a Christian understanding of creation (the ongoing existence as well as the origins), this is a great starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 9 July 2013
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This commentary on selected passages from the Bible on the theme of creation benefits from the author's background in astro-physics, his knowledge of the biblical text and the way he is able to allow science and revelation to speak into our understanding, and relate it to modern issues via popular culture, films, etc. Final section on the future of the material universe especially helpful.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nick
The literal 6 day creationsists will not find support for their view in this book, as did a previous reviewer here. This highly-readable and enjoyable book is for the open-minded believer and non-believer alike.

It is a superb introduction to the subject which is always a hot topic in the media. Wilkinson agrees with those who understand the Hebrew word 'Yom' to have a wider meaning than '24 hour day' especially given the different ways it is used in the passage and the textual context of Genesis 1 which aims to show primarily the order that God brings out of chaos in a planned way.

It is to be highly recommended.
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor substitute for real creation science 31 May 2005
It is always depressing to find yet another evangelical, who feels he has to compromise the Bible, in order to believe it. Those who don't believe the Bible are more honest than those who claim that they do believe the Bible, but have to twist its meaning. For my part, I prefer a scientific explanation that accepts the account in Genesis as literal truth. The reader would do far better to look at the Answers in Genesis web site for their books about creation.
The following is an engagement with one extended quote from Wilkinson's book.
"If the argument is used that science only gives an 'apparent' age, then there is a theological problem. Is there any biblical warrant for believing that God has purposefully designed the nature of the universe in order to deceive us?"
While we believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis, the production of theories to explain our views should not, in itself, be classed as inspired. The argument alluded to here is the idea of the creation of 'apparent' age. The analogy given by Whitcomb and Morris, forty years ago (and they both accept better explanations today) is that because Adam was created apparently as a young adult, then there is no reason to not to believe that stars were created with apparent age. The problem with this view is that there is a difference. There is no deception in the apparent age of Adam - because the Bible has just told us that he had only just been created, even though he was mature enough to have relations with his wife. But the 'apparent' age of the stars is different - because we see events happening in the past, such as supernovae, which, if we believe the apparent-age theory, must never have happened. It is now clear that this is an untenable position.
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