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The Genesis Debate

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Are the Genesis creation days 24 hours long? Ages of time? Or a literary framework? In The Genesis Debate, three teams of evangelicals committed to the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture tac
Paperback, 319 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Global Publishing Services (first published November 24th 2000)
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Catherine Gillespie
I found The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation incredibly helpful and thought-provoking. The book is set up like a debate, with proponents of each of the three creation views deemed orthodox by reformed Christians presenting an opening essay, and then the other positions writing an essay in response, with a concluding essay by the initial team. I appreciated that all of the authors were committed to “the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation” and th ...more
Matthew Johnson
This is a good introduction for anyone wanting to see interaction between multiple views of the days of Genesis. I found the Framework view to be the best argued and presented view of the three. Duncan and Hall (who represented the 24 hour view) have the weakest presentation of the three. At times I found myself skipping through many of their arguments because they were either repeated or just plain frustrating to read. I thought they could have gotten better representatives for this view or at ...more
Adam Omelianchuk
I came to this text not particularly interested in the subject matter, but became more interested as I read along. As with most perspective books, the quality of the essays are uneven. The twenty-four hour view is not well represented as it tediously refers to church history ad nauseum (and in my opinion engages in a reverse form of chronological snobbery). The day-age view often deviates from the immediate context of Genesis One to exposit all the ways the natural sciences are compatible with i ...more
Scott Korljan
A very through look at three different views on the days of creation. It has a better format than most "3 views" books in that the author of the original essay gets a chance to respond to the critiques of his position. Good for teaching preparation, which is what I used it for. What view am I? I couldn't say...
A helpful, concise overview of the major evangelical views, although Duncan's responses are unfortunately contentious. One cannot imagine these men enjoying a meal together.
Aubrey Bowditch
2 out of the 3 viewpoints were well argumented. Disappointed in the 24-hour view's lack of exegesis in his defense.
This is a great book for those interested in the debate over how to interpret the "days" in Genesis. It features the three currently most popular view points (Framework hypothesis, Day-Age view, and 6 24-hour days). Each author is given a chance to present their view point, comment on concerns they have with the other views, and defend their view against the criticisms of the other authors. It is also the only major book I know of in which Lee Irons (a personal favorite theologian of mine) has c ...more
May 15, 2012 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
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set in a form of a debate, this book give a overall arguments for the 3 most popular views on the creation narrative. because of the nature of the book, some may feel there is not much depth in discussion for each of the positions. but, the authors provide enough references to help the readers do further research if desired. personally, i came to this book subcribing to the framework view and my position stands.
Hank Pharis
As with most of the multiple views books this does an excellent job of stating, defending
and refuting three different interpretations of Genesis 1-2. However they are more successful
at refuting each other's views than at proving their own.
Michael Rachel
I'm not a Framework advocate, but judging from the cogency and exegetical fidelity to Scripture, there is no doubt who won this "debate." Poor performance by Duncan and Hall.
The format is ideal for a written debate - however some of the level of scholarship is not ideal for this weighty of a topic.
Kristen Davis
Better representations for each of the views could have been found. Unfair portrayal of the presented views.
Tsun Lu
I am 98% convinced by the framework view of six-day creation after reading this book.
Josh Shelton
Literary framework view is definitely the best view presented in this work.
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