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Stimulating, radical, challenging and rather dubious
on 2 March 2011
It is great to pick-up a book on creation/evolution which offers real, understandable data rather than more hazy ideas and bitter argument from opposing worldviews. If you understand the basic concepts of evolutionary theory (multiplicity of random mutations, selection of the fittest phenotype) then you will understand the collosal problem that Sanford appears to present.
Just to be clear, the author is a young-earth Creationist (which for some worldviews will immediately discredit him, unfortunately). But he has a great big argument which, when you think about it, has been staring evolutionism in the face for donkey's years. However, if you think that Sanford's ideas are true then you can only account for its lack of impact in the world of genetics by assuming there is a huge anti-creationist (anti-Christian?) conspiracy within the global scientific community - a conspiracy in which even Christian geneticists are colluding. Personally I struggle to accept that thought.
There is an excellent response to this book by a clever evangelical Christian in 'letterstocreationists' on the web, and a good summary of that is written by augustinerocks on amazon.com (i.e. U.S. amazon) in the book reviews. There is a good dialogue in the comments on augustinerocks' review too which, if you have the time, gets into the theology as well as the science.
It is hard work to get your head around this stuff but the last thing you should do is accept wrong ideas just because they appear to fit with your current understanding of the world. In fact Christians need to wrestle with the facts as we understand them, wrestle with the scripture as we understand that, and seek the Lord in everything.
Billy Graham said, "I don't think that there's any conflict at all between science today and the scriptures. I think that we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we've tried to make the Scriptures say things they weren't meant to say, I think that we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man. ... whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man's relationship to God." Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, 1997. p. 72-74