Tuesday, June 12, 2012
My Review of SEVEN DAYS THAT DIVIDE THE WORLD by John C. Lennox
Photo Credit: Zondervan
Who the book is for: Christians and anyone interested in science
Rating: 5 out of 5
Is the earth millions of years old or only a few thousand years old? Does the Bible teach that the earth is young, or is there another possibility? I’ve always wondered how the Bible seemed to teach a young earth, and yet science seemed to point to the universe being millions of years old. Obviously, as followers of Jesus, we should trust the Bible, but we can’t just ignore the evidence that says the universe is much older than Bible interpreters have traditionally led us to believe.
In his book SEVEN DAYS THAT DIVIDE THE WORLD, John C. Lennox explores Genesis 1 and 2, and provides some incredible insights about how science and the Bible actually complement one another. Lennox shows how Genesis can be interpreted to show that the earth is only a few thousand years old, but that isn’t the only interpretation that Genesis leaves open to us. Looking at what the Bible actually says, Lennox shows that the days in Genesis 1 may be put forth in such a way to show that they are six important and significant days in God’s creative activity, but may not be six days of one earth week. Each day may be the inauguration of an undefined amount of time, until the seventh day when God rests from his creative activity. When Genesis is read with this in mind, several of the findings of science actually correlate with what the Bible says.
Lennox also points out several of the failures of evolutionary theory to show that human beings were a significant and special creation. An added appendix points out the flaws of theistic evolution. Another great feature of this book is the chapter where Lennox reveals what Genesis 1 has to teach us about God as Creator.
I read this book in a matter of two days. Lennox has given us a great and insightful book about the relationship between science and the Bible. It’s a short book that packs a lot of information in a concise manner. Any Christian would benefit from reading this book.
I read this book for free for review from Zondervan, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own