Perhaps Iâ€™m stating the obvious but most discussions of origins seem to generate far more heat than light. They preach to the choir of those who agree, fail to engage those with whom they disagree on their own terms and perpetuate the unfortunate notion that Christianity and science are at war with each other. Gerald Rauâ€™sÂ Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of EverythingÂ (InterVarsity Press, 2012)Â is a notable exception to that trend in that it is intended to promote understanding and conversation rather than more controversy.
Gerald Rau takes a novel approach in this book. Rather than taking a side, he lays out six different models that may be found in the current discussions. This itself is important because most of the coverage of this issue assumes two very diametrically opposed options: naturalistic evolution, that there is no god and the universe and all life arose simply through physical causation, and young earth creationism, which treats Genesis 1 as a literal account of how God created the world in six literal days, a world that is approximately 10,000 years old.
Rau identifies four other models and their proponents: [Read more…] about Book Review: Mapping the Origins Debate