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Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Counterpoints)

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For Christians, the issues raised by the different views on creation and evolution are challenging. Can a "young earth" be reconciled with a universe that appears to be billions of years old? Does scientific evidence point to a God who designed the universe and life in all its complexity? Three Views on Creation and Evolution deals with these and similar concerns as it loo ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Zondervan
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Matt Anderson
This is a great book that gives three potential theological stances in regards to creation, as described in the early chapters of Genesis. Three different views are presented, and they range from conservative, to middle-of-the-road, to liberal theology. The three views on creation and evolution described in these pages are:

-Young Earth Creationism
-Old Earth Creationism (also known as Progressive Creationism)
-Theistic Evolution

For each viewpoint, an expert holding that belief describes all the re
Emma Marx
Nov 11, 2015 Emma Marx rated it really liked it
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This book gave a fantastic overview of the three views on Creation and Evolution while at the same time challenging what I think about science and how it is defined in my mind. I would recommend this to anyone who is curious into Creation and Evolution as it is extremely helpful in understanding.
Josh Meares
Jun 23, 2012 Josh Meares rated it really liked it
In general, I like books that offer a variety of perspectives, especially on controversial issues. I have to say that this volume in Zondervan's Counterpoints series is the best that I have read. For whatever reason, they allowed the author to respond to the critiques of his view (so he gets the last word), and they included critiques from representatives of a variety of disciplines. Normally, it is just three-five authors presenting a paper, and then responding to each others papers by repeatin ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it
For those wanting to gather insight into the three big Christian theories of creation (young earth creationism, old earth creationism, theistic evolution), this is an excellent book to become familiarized with all three. While I do have familiarity with all three through my years of study, I wanted to primarily focus on the differences between old earth creationism and theistic evolution. While I knew the basic differences, I wanted to gain further insight from a theological point of view. Overa ...more
Phil Whittall
May 19, 2016 Phil Whittall rated it liked it
Three Views on Creation and Evolution is another in Zondervan's excellent Counterpoints series (I've several of them on my shelves although only reviewed one other on this blog on remarriage and divorce).

It's the closest to a debate format that I've found in print. Advocates state their position and then the others each have a turn to respond to the points made. This book was slightly different in that after the three positions were stated, four other writers were invited to respond to each chap
Aug 05, 2011 Randy added it
An underlying theme in "Three Views" is that how one understands the nature of science is of primary significance for guiding where one ends up on the creation/evolution issue. Theistic evolutionists, along with secular and atheistic evolutionists, believe that methodological naturalism is a necessary component of science. Restricting science to natural categories of explanation, it is claimed, does not mean, however, that metaphysical naturalism as a worldview follows from that. The connection ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Corrie rated it it was amazing
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What a great book! My husband and I have at times had downright unpleasant conversations with people in our church and each other (!) about creation, and we read this book together to try and get a handle on the controversy. It was hugely helpful. Each of the three views (young earth, old earth, theistic evolution) are presented by extremely intelligent, articulate Christians, who all make very good cases.
After reading, I landed somewhere in the old earth/special creation camp and I think my hu
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 Jeffrey Backlin rated it really liked it
A great introduction into three views on the origins of biological complexity.
G Walker
Jun 03, 2013 G Walker rated it did not like it
Boo... what a waste of time... There are many books (even if you aren't a conservative six day kind of guy) that are infinitely better than this. Don't waste your time. Again I say, booooooooooooooo!
May 17, 2007 Don rated it it was amazing
Talbot Course: Systematic Theology 2: Works of God, Angels, Man & Sin

EXCELLENT SERIES! Any of these perspectives book are worth a read!
Jun 29, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The definition of science is up for grabs. (that should be obvious) and every theory has weaknesses. (I've said that before)
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Paul A. Nelson received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Philosophy (1998). He is a philosopher of biology, specializing in evo-devo and developmental biology.

He has published articles in such journals as Biology & Philosophy, Zygon, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Touchstone, and chapters in the anthologies Mere Creation, Signs of Intelligence, and Intelligent Design Creationism a
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