Reviewed by Tony Garland, www.SpiritAndTruth.org
- Yet another review ...
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.