What did the writer of Genesis mean by “the first day”? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If someone believes that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, is that person denying the authority of Scripture?
In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative.
He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God’s intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth. With this book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and scripturally-faithful interpretation of Genesis.
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- Discussion of the challenge which the scientific theory that the earth was moving in space posed to generally accepted biblical interpretation in the sixteenth-century
- Principles of biblical interpretation and application to the controversy
- Interpretation of the Genesis days
- Biblical account of the origin of human beings, their antiquity, and related theological questions about death
Praise for the Print Edition
This book is a delight to read: it is thoughtful, perceptive, friendly, and bold when it needs to be.
—C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Accessible, wide-ranging, balanced, and irenic. A wise, well-informed work, and it deserves the widest readership possible.
—Paul Copan, professor and pledger family chair of philosophy and ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Addresses a passionate controversy with charity, humor, and humility. I enthusiastically endorse this unique and insightful book.
—Ravi Zacharias, founder and chairman of the board, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Careful and well-documented study. Every careful reader will come away more knowledgeable, wiser, and better able to defend the truth of the Bible before a skeptical world.
—Doug Groothuis, professor of philosophy, Denver Seminary
What a fine book! This book is as good as it gets in the religion/science area.
—Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Worthy of a careful reading by those interested in the ongoing science/religion discussion.
—Henry F. Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry, University of Georgia
- Title: Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning according to Genesis and Science
- Author: John C. Lennox
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 192
About John C. Lennox
John C. Lennox (PhD, DPhil, DSc) is a professor of mathematics in the University of Oxford, fellow in mathematics and the philosophy of science, and pastoral advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? on the interface between science, philosophy, and theology. He lectures extensively in North America and in Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the intellectual defense of Christianity, and he has publicly debated New Atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.