There are other books on Creation and dealing with the issues of Genesis 1, but this one is different. Rick Phillips takes us through the first chapter of Genesis with an absolute confidence that this is the plain, accurate Word of God, describing creation in six literal days of 24 hours. He looks at the alternatives offered and explains clearly and simply why they are inadequate. The science-based criticisms of the Word of God are considered and dealt with. The language used is accessible to most readers, and at each stage the Gospel is clearly explained.
Christians generally will find this book a great encouragement amidst the deluge of pro-evolution propaganda, school students will find themselves strengthened to take a biblical stand against the pressures of the education system. If your evangelistic outreach leads you to someone who wants a clear and rational explanation of why the Bible should be believed over against the common understanding of evolution presented in the media, this is the book to give them.
A massively important and popular approach to the multiple issues surrounding the creation narratives in Genesis that divide Christians and secularists and often divide Christians too. Philips has a point of view (of course, why else would one write a book?) and he makes what is perhaps the best and most convincing case for it. And what is his point of view? Read the book and ﬁnd out. Even if you disagree, you will need hefty arguments to refute what Philips defends here. A most welcome addition to the challenge of Genesis 1 and 2 in a secular world
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary
Richard D. Phillips’ The God of Creation defends a faithful reading of Genesis 1:1–2:3 as historical narrative, and explains why other interpretive schemes (such as the gap theory, day-age theory and framework hypothesis) should be rejected. He encourages the reader to value science while not elevating it to an unwarranted position of authority over Scripture. But he also lifts our eyes to more expansive horizons by offering us a Christ-centered, gospel-focused and devotional exposition of what this passage teaches us concerning God, ourselves and the world around us. We discover afresh how deeply relevant the ﬁrst book of the Bible is, as it challenges today’s popular philosophies and idolatries
—Paul Garner BSc, MSc, FGS, Researcher and Lecturer for Biblical Creation Trust.
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