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The Battle for the Beginning

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The battle lines have been drawn. Is the enemy winning?

"Thanks to the theory of evolution," writes best-selling author John MacArthur, "naturalism is now the dominant religion of modern society. Less than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin popularized the credo for this secular religion. Naturalism has now replaced Christianity as the main religion of the Western wor
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 20th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 4th 2001)
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Ed
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent commentary dealing with the first three chapters of Genesis. MacArthur not only attacks evolution but also attacks many false teachings in the church today. This book is sound on doctrine, when you consider much Bible doctrine is introduced in the first part of Genesis. There are also good attacks on Buddhism and Mormonism doctrines by using this part of Genesis. This is a must read for all Christians to make sure we understand the doctrines taught here.
The Dude
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a hard time getting through this book. This book is filled with obvious and dangerously simple errors of logic and philosophy. And being a lover of good literature, I find him incredibly insulting to poetry, or "mere poetry," as he calls it. As if all the greatest writings in history have not been poetry. And yet he is fond of quoting Psalms. As far as I'm concerned, some denominations have lowered their standards of theology too much, and we need the atheists to humble them. In the h ...more
Kevin Joannou
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
There are a lot of things I like about John MacArthur when he's talking about subjects he knows about, but his approach to dealing with science and scientists is pretty appalling. Full of logical errors and over-simplifications. Evolution does not = being an Atheist or Materialist, and modern Biblical scholarship offers far more reasonable interpretations of Genesis than a plain reading in English.
Read1000books
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-related
A tremendous defense of Biblical creationism and expose' of the fallacy of evolutionary theory. Starting laying your intellectual foundation on these important topics with this book!
Jay
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I'm not done yet, but I'm storing so much in my head to write about this book that I'm afraid I'm going to start spilling it all over the floor and I'll never get it all collected back together again. So this might be a little jumpy.

(1) The first part of the book really made me angry; the way he was creating words and thoughts for the scientists. I really have trouble believing that the scientists are trying to imagine a godless world so that they can be happy in their sins. I don't think that m
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Blake Western
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author strongly upholds the Biblical account of creation and shows that it is the foundation for all that follows in the Bible. He demolishes evolution and supports a young earth viewpoint. Many interesting things are mentioned as to the creatures that God created.
Rod Innis
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on why Christians should accept the Biblical record
of creation as fact.
Seth
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
John MacArthur’s reasoning in The Battle for the Beginning is simple: a straightforward, “literal” reading of the Genesis creation text, considered solely on its own merits and unencumbered by modern evolutionary scientific theory (and, by extension, philosophical naturalism), clearly and reasonably describes a period of six, 24-hour days. As such, the earth and all its inhabitants, animals and humans, were created within one solar week. He walks carefully through the text and explains what happ ...more
Senda Salmos
Es un libro muy completo que habla sobre el Génesis, en especial el libro habla sobre los tres primeros capítulos de Génesis, Teniendo un enfoque muy marcado en los dos primeros capítulos de los cuales hacen muchas menciones autores varios, Menciona versículos de diferentes libros de la biblia y además contrasta opiniones de otros expositores que no son creyentes pero que argumentan desde un punto de vista válido. El autor defiende de manera contundente la creación en el lapso de siete días conf ...more
Alan
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
I like MacArthur. But I don't think his book makes a convincing case against the possibility of the creation days being longer than 24 hours. I don't think it's a compromise to take into account scientific data when interpreting Scripture. For example, it was once believed that the Bible taught geocentricism; scientific data suggested heliocentrism. Eventually godly Bible interpreters came to realize that their hermeneutic needed to change in light of the new evidence. The church has not collaps ...more
Rich
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
3.5
MacArthur's work is good, and the connection he draws between Creation, the Fall, and Redemption is the strongest point in the book. However, he does not interact sufficiently with other viewpoints (e.g., gap theory, day-age, etc.) before concluding they are incorrect and dismissing them. While I would affirm his conclusions, the book itself tries so hard to avoid becoming overly technical that it presents other viewpoints as mere straw men. In light of that, the presentation of a literal, si
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Brent Rosendal
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading some weird theories about the creation account of Genesis, I was happy to read a book that took the creation account for what it really is, a historical account about how our universe came into existence. By far the best book I've read on the issue and probably the best book I've read by MacArthur too. I will definitely be using a lot of this book as I teach about the book of Genesis in the coming months.
Nathan Parker
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best resources I know in defense of the Biblical/Genesis account of Creation. Extremely detailed without being overly technical. MacArthur takes a sermon series he wrote on the Creation account and beautifully put together a solid resource that I highly recommend reading.
Rod
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics, bible
I loved this book. But I fully understand that if someone does not love the Bible - then much of this book may be meaningless to them. Too bad!

Jeff
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book regarding Creationism.
Job Dalomba
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Not bad. Some very helpful stuff at times.
Rob Clarkin
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great exposition: A responsible defense and explanation of Young Earth Creationism. But who believes this in the post-modern mire...? (I, myself do, for one....)
kc
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EVERYONE needs to read this book. Evolution is from the pits of HELL.
Daniel Alvers
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book on philosophy/argumentation and not so much the technical side.
Jeff Learned
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Not a great book. The first couple chapters were good, but there are better books out there on this topic. Pretty dry reading though out most of the book.
Sean McGowan
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
Good.
Mark Ray
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Well written theologically, but weakens when it delves into scientific mechanics.
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John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and ...more
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