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on 7 January 2010
Believe the comedian Bill Maher and you might think that "religious systems" are the greatest threat to our future survival. Believe the evangelist Richard Dawkins and you might think that the term "biblical creationist" is a synonym for the superstitious. Believe the "more tea Vicar?" Denis Alexander and you might think that an absurd admixture of mutually exclusive axioms can be held together in some disturbing neo-Gnostic synthesis. Whatever your views about origins and eschatology, even if you don't really care at all, this book should be given your serious and careful attention!

Having avidly studied evolutionary theory for most of my life, under some of its most erudite advocates now biologically extant (such as Professor Laurence Hurst, Professor Richard Ffrench-Constant, Professor Steve Jones, Professor Jennifer Clack, Dr. Mike Mogie and Dr. Matthew Wills), it is painfully obvious that the "intellectual chreode" of neo-Darwinism has stifled both the development of a God-centred covenantal Natural Theology, and the elucidation of the wider natural history of our planet.

Here, in this small volume, Norman Nevin has done a wonderful job in collating some of the most powerful arguments for returning to Holy Scripture and rejecting the status quo. Next to 'Coming to Grips with Genesis' (2008) by Mortenson and Ury (eds.), this is probably the best book on the subject ever produced. Faithful to the Evangelical Reformed tradition, the majority of contributions focus upon the seminal question of Scriptural Authority. Highlights for me included David Anderson's statement: "Either the Christian faith is built upon beliefs about history, or it is not a faith that the Scriptures would recognize" and Andrew Sibley's exegesis of Romans 1:20 - "Poiemasin implies then that the created order is more than a physical act, but also a work of art or design where the craftsman brings his will, his thoughts, his love and skill into the work". The latter third of the volume is devoted to the interpretation of scientific evidence. Whilst timely and cogent, this reader would also liked to have seen more interaction with Covenant Theology and eschatology - countering the scepticism found in books such as Patrick Moore's 'Countdown' (2009). A single book rarely covers all bases, however, and for further understanding of these topics it is best to get your hands on 'Creation, Fall, Restoration' (2009) by Kulikovsky and 'Last Things First' (2007) by Fesko.

In summary, this book leaves the Christian with no excuse for believing in the so-called "wealth of mutually corroborative evidence" for the neo-Darwinian synthesis (or its more recent tweaks!), which in reality amount to a host of spurious imaginations held in ivory towers. Conversely, it leaves the ardent non-Christian either with a large stumbling-block, or with the indelible stamp of folly. Thanks be to God that to those who are being saved, this book will instead serve as both an encouragement and a rare gem of wisdom and knowledge!
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