A Matter of Days.

I was recently asked about the website Reasons to Believe found on my Jumps page. It prompted me to draw attention to it and to a great book written by the organization’s president, Dr. Hugh Ross. The book is available from Reasons.org and from Amazon.com.

Hugh Ross talks on the words of scripture in the Genesis account of creation and compares them to the physical evidence found in nature. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) when you take an honest look at each they don’t disagree!? But why would they? As a scientifically minded engineer I was rather appalled at myself for having avoided these questions in my own mind for as long as I did. I should be beaten. Anyways… I don’t want to get too much into a raging soapbox soliloquy here so I’ll leave you with two key points of the book.

God created the universe and gave us His Word. Therefore, no contradiction exists between science and Biblical theology except by human misunderstanding or misinterpretation.

If taught that a young universe is the Bible’s clear message, many seekers and nonbelievers will conclude, under the barrage of compelling scientific evidence for the universe’s antiquity, that the Bible must be accepted on a purely subjective, nonfactual basis.

I highly recommend this book to any Christ-follower who wants to have any relevance in their school or workplace. Before reading this book I did not know the ancient Hebrew word for ‘day’. ;-)

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  1. Ron Mackey
    Posted November 21, 2005 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi Steve, Anne and I spent an evening chatting with Hugh Ross in our living room (back when we were in seminary). A very fascinating individual. He definitely expanded my thinking about the issues of origins. Can’t say I buy all his conclusions, particularly his leaning toward theistic evolution. But, I have a lot of respect for the man and his ministry. His books are worth the read.

    It is unfortunate, I think, that the beleiving community inserts so much venom into this debate. If you visit Ken Ham’s site (www.answersin genesis.org), or Institute for Creation Research (ww.icr.org) you can find a whole lot of critique. Of course, Ross is not shy about dishing it back. I am all for honest open and even passionate debate about these issues, but must it become a point of division in the body? Some think so.


  2. Posted November 21, 2005 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    You bring up some great points, Ron. Hugh Ross spends the Intoduction and First Chapter of his book talking about how controversial (and he stresses that it is needlessly so) this topic is within the Christian community. After having read recently some of what Ken Ham has said attacking Hugh Ross I find myself weary of Ham’s website (even though I have found some good facts there).

    Thanks for your insights. :-)

  3. Posted January 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Over the years, I have picked up almost every book Hugh Ross has written. He shows compelling evidences of God’s handiwork in nature agreeing with God’s word. I highly recommend any of his books.

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