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    Yet another review ... http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/reviews/tony_garland/revie w_of_refuting_compromise.htm    Refuting Compromise Dr. Jonathan
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      Yet another review ...

      Refuting Compromise

      Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, author of Refuting Evolution and Refuting
      Evolution 2, has produced a valuable book which gathers
      numerous lines of evidence, both exegetical and scientific, to
      oppose the compromise position known as "Progressive
      Creationism"--which attempts to reinterpret the six days of
      Genesis as long ages.

      Dr. Sarfati illustrates the many inconsistencies between the
      plain meaning of the Genesis account vs. the position of those
      who attempt to find in it support for the notion that God used
      evolutionary processes and long ages to create.

      The book deals with the errors of Scriptural compromises with
      evolution in general, but especially the brand of "Christian
      origins" taught by Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe. The title of
      the book reflects its intended purpose: to refute the
      compromising view of Christians who attempt to fold
      evolutionary theory into the Biblical account of creation.

      A unique contribution of Sarfati is his treatment of the
      contribution of church history (the views of the church fathers),
      exegesis of the Scriptures, and physical evidence from science
      in concluding that Progressive Creationism lacks support. In a
      sense, it occupies a position half-way between secular rejectors
      and earnest exegetes of Scripture. While failing to satisfy the
      skeptics, neither does it satisfy those who are concerned to
      understand what the bare text of Genesis is actually saying.
      Sarfati exposes the many liabilities of the view which attempts to
      be all things to all people pleasing none and playing fast and
      loose with the various lines of evidence.

      Not only does Sarfati effectively demolish the poor reasoning
      and inconsistent exegesis of Progressive Creationism, while
      doing so, he repeatedly exposes the questionable claims of one
      of its main proponents: Dr Hugh Ross. Ross has attained a fairly
      high profile, having published a number of popular apologetics
      works and having being hosted by Dr. Dobson on Focus of the
      Family and by John Ankerberg of the John Ankerberg Show.
      Unfortunately, many Christians have swallowed Ross'
      apologetics--thinking his material upholds the Bible--when in
      fact he embraces a number of beliefs which are seriously
      out-of-step with Biblical teaching. (Perhaps the most troubling
      views are his belief in human-like "pre-Adamite" beings who
      lived prior to Adam and Eve but who lacked full spirituality; and
      the existence of death in the created order prior to the Fall.) The
      reader comes away from Sarfati's work with a much greater
      appreciation for caution in evaluating the claims of Ross.

      Highlights of the book include a summary of the creation views
      of various church fathers (who were overwhelmingly young-earth
      six-day creationists despite Ross' claims to the contrary), a
      discussion of the reasons why general revelation (in nature)
      must never be considered on a par with the special revelation of
      Scripture, a discussion of the created kinds and the difference
      between speciation (evidence of a reduction in information) and
      evolution (requiring an increase in information), and natural
      evidence for a young earth.

      We recommend this book for those concerned about the viability
      of the teachings of Dr. Hugh Ross or who have interest in a
      single-volume treatment of many of the issues surrounding the
      evolution/creation debate within Christianity. This book should
      be on the shelf of every creationist.

      Reviewed by Tony Garland, www.SpiritAndTruth.org. 
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