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THE ULTIMATE PROOF OF CREATION Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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The book itself displays the inner coherence and stability of the Christian worldview. Great read, don't be put off by the "creationist" label, it's sound argument that even gets into mathematical logic. As such, Lisle demonstrates well that most arguments thrown against the Christian worldview fail simply because their foundations are shaky. Also gets into the philosophy of science, one of my biggest interests. As someone who was raised in Athiesm but is now a Christian, I found this book particularly intriguing, being able to understand both sides of the argument.
I hate emotional, angry, pseudo-intellectual "rhetoric" employed in books concerning science and religion, regardless of what side they're on, so I find any pleasantly-written book a pleasure. Lisle joins Alister McGrath and C.S Lewis, in the list of Christian apologists that don't tempt me into rolling my eyes while I read their work.
Would, and have, recommended the book to any and all.
"The creationist cannot say that the 'evolutionist' is not entitled to use the law of non-contradiction: it is accepted as valid by the creationist. There is no burden on the 'evolutionist' to justify his use of the law: it is common ground."
This is to miss the point entirely. Lisle's argument is that the evolutionist's worldview is defective precisely because it does not enable the evolutionist to justify laws of logic such as the law of non-contradiction. Does that reviewer really think that a worldview that cannot even make sense of logic is a valid explanation of reality?
In the process of explaining apologetics Lisle also gives a good overview of logic and the informal fallacies. Plus the book ends with many worked examples where Lisle responds to letters written by critics of Christianity. I would highly recommend this book.
One slightly negative point: the title is something of a misnomer. Lisle's arguments are really a proof of the Christian worldview and hence of biblical creation as an aspect of that worldview rather than being a direct proof of creation. Many of his apologetic arguments could be used by a theistic evolutionist, but such an evolutionist would be inconsistent in accepting the Bible's description of God but not of God's work of creation. This matter of the title is very much secondary though, and it does not detract from the book's value.
He argues very well that the worldview is the key to the discussion and that evidence never settles arguments. This has been my experience up until now. Since utilising what I have read in this book, I have found the discussions far more fruitful in terms of getting past the arguments of evidence to getting to what people think about God and how that has affected the way that they approach the creation/evolution argument.
It is very readable and I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys discussing the topic of creation/evolution. For those who are believers in evolution - this book will help you understand the creationist mindset.
For creationist - this will help you explain the creationist worldview clearly and sensitively.
Hopefully, therefore, the discussion will move on from talking past each other to actually discuss where the real issue is - the worldview that is powered by our respective faiths.
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