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Seven Days That Divide the World [Hardcover]

Lennox John
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20 Sep 2011
What did the writer of Genesis mean by the first day ? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture? In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God s intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth. With this book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (20 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310492173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310492177
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 16.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College.

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John C. Lennox (PhD, DPhil, DSc) is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is author of God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? on the interface between science, philosophy, and theology. He lectures extensively in North America and in Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the intellectual defense of Christianity, and he has publicly debated New Atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. John is married to Sally; they have three grown children and four grandchildren and live near Oxford. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable contribution to the debate 3 Oct 2011
By RMB
Format:Hardcover
This book focuses on the creation account given in the early part of the book of Genesis and seeks to interpret it treating the text as authoritative scripture. Professor John Lennox makes the case for allowing scientific knowledge to influence this, where different interpretations are possible. To illustrate this he spends a couple of chapters covering the historic case of how opinion changed to accept that the earth is not fixed in space and that this is consistent with scripture even though many people initially thought not. He then goes on to explain different models of how Genesis has been interpreted and to argue which view fits both science and the biblical text the best. He argues for old earth creationism with progressive literal 24 hour creation days separated by long periods in between. On these days he sees God as providing information and energy to get life started and cause major changes followed by periods of micro-evolution with human beings created as an act of special creation. His position therefore seems to be one of 'intelligent design.' He then goes on to give the theological message of Genesis 1. The main part of the book is then followed by 5 annexes covering some issues in more detail. The book is short and concise at 192 pages (smaller pages then normal) including the annexes and is easy to read and clear. In my opinion he certainly says a lot of wise and insightful things and I think most people would learn something from reading his book. However, I wasn't convinced by some of his arguments. One of the key problems with his interpretation is Origen's observation that the Sun was created/made on day 4. This is a problem for 'days' 1 to 3. Read more ›
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As a Christian I often consider this topic and am not sure what to believe. Scientists want one version, theologians another. This is a clear explanation and from a theologian scientist. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good - and then frustrating.. 23 Nov 2012
By L CRAIG
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The book is very well argued, but in parts leaves me wishing for more detail. An interesting response to Lennox's views can be found in a book review on Answers In Genesis website.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scientific and theological look at Genesis 1 20 Oct 2011
By rossuk
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John C Lennox is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His first three books focused on the arguments of the New Atheist's. Now he looks at the Genesis account of creation, using the lens of both science and theology. I am an old earth creationist and I adopt the framework view on Gen 1 which Lennox discusses. He has five chapters and five appendices.

1. But does it move? A Lesson from history.
2. But does it move? A lesson from scripture.
3. But is it old? The days of creation.
4. Human beings: a special creation?
5. The message of Genesis 1

Appendices
A. A brief background to Genesis.
B. The cosmic temple view
C. The beginning according to Genesis and science.
D. Two accounts of creation?
E. Theistic evolution and the God of the gaps.

The book is also endorsed by Alvin Plantinga, Ravi Zacharias and Paul Copan among others. This book will suit Christians who have a science background and/or have an interest in science and religion.

NB. Appendix E has an extended discussion on theistic evolution. I would regard myself as a theist evolutionist and Lennox discusses this issue at length. He does refer to Paul Davies, Dennis Alexander and Francis Collins. His analysis on theistic evolution is worth the price of this book.

Appendix B. On the cosmic temple view on Gen 1-3, i.e. it is God's sanctuary. I think that there is some truth to this, in that Rev 21-22 shows the New Jerusalem as a place in which God dwells. The parallels with Eden should be obvious.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scientific and theological look at Genesis 1 21 Oct 2011
By rossuk
Format:Hardcover
John C Lennox is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His first three books focused on the arguments of the New Atheist's. Now he looks at the Genesis account of creation, using the lens of both science and theology. I am an old earth creationist and I adopt the framework view on Gen 1 which Lennox discusses (p44). He has five chapters and five appendices.

1. But does it move? A Lesson from history.
2. But does it move? A lesson from scripture.
3. But is it old? The days of creation.
4. Human beings: a special creation?
5. The message of Genesis 1

Appendices
A. A brief background to Genesis.
B. The cosmic temple view
C. The beginning according to Genesis and science.
D. Two accounts of creation?
E. Theistic evolution and the God of the gaps.

The book is also endorsed by Alvin Plantinga, Ravi Zacharias and Paul Copan among others. This book will suit Christians who have a science background and/or have an interest in science and religion.

NB. Appendix E. has an extended discussion on theistic evolution. I would regard myself as a theistic evolutionist and Lennox discusses this issue at length. He also refers to Paul Davies, Dennis Alexander and Francis Collins. His analysis on theistic evolution is worth the price of this book.

Appendix B. On the cosmic temple view on Gen 1-3, i.e. it is God's sanctuary. I think that there is some truth to this, in that Rev 21-22 shows the New Jerusalem as a place in which God dwells. The parallels with Eden should be obvious (a river and the tree of life).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
John Lennox displays hugh insight into this subject and yet presents it in a manner understandable even by me. Well word a read.
Published 6 months ago by PerryPurchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Talk about solid answers...
Had to admit I wasn't expecting this! Quite the honest, thoughtful, increasable insightful, intelligent and challenging reflection upon Genesis and how the world came to be.
Published 6 months ago by AverageConsumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for Christian, Agnostic or Atheist alike!
This is an ideal book for anyone who works in science or is merely interested in science and finds they find it very hard to accept the claims of Christianity or even any belief in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, readable, highly recommended
In the introduction to this book John Lennox describes how he once met a brilliant professor of literature from a country where it was not easy to discuss the Bible publically. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vet with a mission
5.0 out of 5 stars Creation is not a fable.
This is a very readable book. John Lennox has a very lucid style of writing and explains quite complex ideas in a way that can be easily understood. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hymn 7777
5.0 out of 5 stars Deftly tackling a tricky subject with tact, wisdom and careful...
With striking diligence, Professor Lennox methodically analyses what the Bible has to say about our origins. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard Fairman
3.0 out of 5 stars seven days that divide the world
Very helpful in setting out the issues which are essential in addressing 'God & creation'. Helped me to keep my focus on God - 'In the beginning God ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for anyone struggling to reconcile mans view of creation and...
Thoughtfully and well documented discussion by john Lennox, mathematics professor at Oxford. Christian belief and science are not at odds with each other. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gina salmon
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by attempt to rescue Genesis 1
I'm usually great fan of John Lennox, but like many Protestants he proposes here an interpretation of the Genesis 1 creation story that seeks to rescue the 24-hour day creation... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars A" MUST" READ
This is a very thoughtful and scholarly look at the subject of the origin of God. Whether you are a believing Christian or not you will find this book compelling reading. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. W. Mutch
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