“Evolution is a fact, fact, fact. Get over it!” If you have ever been a student in a public school/university, then there is a very good chance that you have had at least one Teacher/Professor make the above statement (or at least something similar). How do we, as Christians, respond to such a statement? How do we interact with our fellow students who believe that such a statement is true? Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Guillermo Gonzalez was written to help Christians understand exactly what a statement like this means. A correct definition of the terms creation, evolution, and intelligent design are crucial for everyone involved to be able to have an intelligent conversation about what people really mean when they use these terms. Too often, people throw these terms around and think they know what they mean, but they really don’t have a good grasp of what the correct definition of these words really is and how to distinguish them from one another.
Guillermo provides a clear definition of young-earth creationism (God created the earth in six 24 hour days and rested on the seventh) old-earth creationism (earth was created by God more than 10,000 years ago), the different variations of evolution, and how intelligent design is distinctly different from creationism. This book is by no means an exhaustive work on this subject (it is 32 pages long), but by the time you get to the end of the book you will have a much better grasp of all of the above terms dealing with the creation of earth.
I really liked the fact that Guillermo dealt with some of the major criticisms that evolutionists have against creationists and intelligent design proponents. He admits that we are frequently accused of committing the “God-of-the-gaps” fallacy which, “Supposedly, as our scientific knowledge increases, ‘natural’ explanations have replaced supernatural explanations of the universe. As we discover more about nature, God is called in to fill in ever-smaller gaps of ignorance. Eventually, the need for God will disappear as the few remaining gaps are filled in by natural causes. Or so the argument goes.”. Even though this particular criticism is very frequent, it is also very mistaken. I agree with Guillermo that the only major instance of the “God-of-the-gaps” theory being held by a creationist is “when Isaac Newton seemed to have invoked God’s direct action to account for the stability of the orbits of the planets around the sun.” The fact is that this was an exception and not the norm for creationists in history, and still is an exception for creationists/id’s today. Our belief in an omnipotent and rational Creator causes us to look for “regular natural laws” to explain to us what we witness in nature.
Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design is a good primer for those who are interested in these topics, but don’t really know where to start. Guillermo will provide you with good definitions for each topic and also a brief look at its historical impact.
Title: Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design
Author: Guillermo Gonzalez
Publisher: P & R Publishing (2013)
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