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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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Adam Omelianchuk
Jan 14, 2013 Adam Omelianchuk rated it liked it
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
Matthew Johnson
Jul 05, 2014 Matthew Johnson rated it really liked it
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
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 08, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 08, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Tone. Tone. Tone. An excellent example of the weight of our tone when we dialogue with others, especially when we disagree. The Genesis Debate is a unique and exemplary presentation of three understandings of the nature of the creation days- 24 Hours, Day- Age, and Literary Framework... A readable introduction to three understandings that are held by scholars who all affirm the inerrancy of Scripture. I learned a lot from each presentation and the subsequent interactions among the scholars, but ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Stinger rated it liked it
When addressing the interpretation of the opening chapters of Genesis, one must first identify the most important question, “What does Scripture itself say about the Genesis creation days? Even more precisely: Are the creation days 24 hours, ages, or a literary framework?" This is the question and these are the views propounded in this book. For my part I found the authors of the 24 hour view least convincing and the authors of the literary framework view most convincing.
Scott Korljan
Dec 06, 2014 Scott Korljan rated it really liked it
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...
Feb 15, 2014 A rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2014 Aubrey Bowditch rated it liked it
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 liked it
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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
Mar 05, 2013 Hank Pharis rated it it was ok
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
Aug 15, 2013 Michael Rachel rated it liked it
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.
Jan 04, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
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
Oct 19, 2013 Kristen Davis rated it did not like it
Better representations for each of the views could have been found. Unfair portrayal of the presented views.
Tsun Lu
May 28, 2012 Tsun Lu rated it really liked it
I am 98% convinced by the framework view of six-day creation after reading this book.
Josh Shelton
Aug 08, 2013 Josh Shelton rated it really liked it
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Literary framework view is definitely the best view presented in this work.
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