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Creation and Evolution: Rethinking the Evidence from Science and the Bible [Paperback]

By Alan Hayward (Author)
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British physicist Hayward invites Christians to rethink the scientific and biblical data about creation and evolution. In a unique approach, he draws upon arguments only from non-Christian researchers to discredit gradual evolution. Bowing neither to theistic evolution nor scientific creationism, Hayward writes from the perspective of a Christian scientist committed to a high view of Scripture and rigorous honesty with scientific data.

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A British physicist invites Christians to rethink the scientific and biblical data about creation and evolution. Bows neither to theistic evolution nor scientific creationism.

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1597520616  
ISBN13  9781597520614  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Hayward was born in 1916, in London. During the Second World War he was retained by the British Government as a food chemist, to assist with the production of food substitutes. In 1948 he left the UK for Nigeria, as part of a four man Colonial survey, where he stayed for fourteen years. Since leaving Nigeria he has worked in other tropical countries worldwide and undertaken assignments both privately and with the United Nations in connection with crop protection and conservation. Alan now lives in Senegal.

Alan Hayward was born in 1916 and has an academic affiliation as follows - CEng, FICE, FIStructE, consulting engineer, Chepstow.

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Clarity in a world of confusion  Mar 26, 2002
This book does an excellent job of presenting an overview of the different veiws from both sides of this debate. Hayward's science and his reasoning are as clear as any I have read on this subject. It was very refreshing to me to read an author on this topic whom I trusted was not projecting a bias. If you are a well educated scientist, you will appreciate the depth of Hayward's arguements, and if you are not, you will appreciate how accessible his reasoning is to you as well.
 
A solid presentation showing christians aren't anti-science  Aug 2, 2001
With the psuedoscience and poor biblical interpretations of young-earth creationists dominating the world's view of Christians, Hayward's rational and biblical discussion shows how Earth is ancient and darwinism is false. While young-earthers resort to emotionalism (i.e. the no death before Adam tautology, which violates common sense and physics), Hayward is reasonable and scholarly, yet easy to understand.
 
Problems reconciling Alan's interpretations with the Bible  Jun 15, 2001
Unfortunately, Mr. Hayward's interpretations raise far more problems than they attempt to solve (as will be documented below).

I do not believe that those who adhere to some form of theistic evolution (God used evolution to create everything) or progressive creation (God intervened at various points in the process of evolution) fully realize that their position violates clear concepts revealed in the Bible--indeed much that is foundational to the very Gospel itself.

For instance..

Concept violated: the goodness of God

The Bible says 'God is good' and in Genesis 1:31 God described his just finished creation as 'very good'. How do you understand the goodness of God if He used evolution, 'nature red in tooth and claw', to 'create' everything?

Concept violated: Adam's sin brought death and decay, the basis of the Gospel

According to the evolutionist's (and progressive creationist's) understanding, fossils (which show death, disease and bloodshed) were formed before people appeared on earth. Doesn't that mean that you can't believe the Bible when it says that everything is in 'bondage to decay' because of Adam's sin (Romans 8)? In the evolutionary view, hasn't the 'bondage to decay' always been there? And if death and suffering did not arise with Adam's sin and the resulting curse, how can Jesus' suffering and physical death pay the penalty for sin and give us eternal life, as the Bible clearly says (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all shall be made alive")?

Concept violated: the divine inspiration of the whole Bible

If the Genesis accounts of Creation, the Fall, the origin of nations, the Flood and the Tower of Babel - the first 11 chapters - are not historical, although they are written as historical narrative and understood by Jesus to be so, what other unfashionable parts of the Bible do you discard? The biblical account of creation in Genesis seems very specific with six days of creative activity, each having an evening and a morning. According to the evolutionary sequence, the biblical order of creation is all wrong. Do you think God should have inspired an account more in keeping with the evolutionary order, the truth as you see it, if indeed He did use evolution or followed the evolutionary pattern in creating everything?

Concept violated: the straightforward understanding of the Word of God

If the Genesis account does not mean what it plainly says, but must be 'interpreted' to fit an evolutionary world, how are we to understand the rest of the Bible? How are we to know that the historical accounts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection should not also be 'reinterpreted'? Indeed, can we know anything for sure if the Bible can be so flexible?

Concept violated: the creation is supposed to show the hand of God clearly

Dr Niles Eldredge, well-known evolutionist, said:

'Darwin . . . taught us that we can understand life's history in purely naturalistic terms, without recourse to the supernatural or divine.' [Niles Eldredge, "Time Frames - the Rethinking of Darwinian Evolution and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium", 1986, Heinemann, London, p. 13.]

Is it not philosophically inconsistent to marry God (theism) with evolution (naturalism)? If God 'created' using evolution which makes Him unnecessary, how can God's 'eternal power and divine nature' be 'clearly seen' in creation, as Romans 1:20 says? Evolution has no purpose, no direction, no goal. The God of the Bible is all about purpose. How do you reconcile the purposelessness of evolution with the purposes of God? What does God have to do in an evolutionary world? Is not God an 'unnecessary hypothesis'?

Concept violated: the need of restoration for the creation

If God created over millions of years involving death, the existing earth is not ruined by sin, but is as it always has been - as God supposedly intended it to be. So why then should He want to destroy it and create a new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3 and other places)?

Starting to get the picture of where Mr. Hayward's compromising theology leads?

See the Answers in Genesis website for volumnes of eye-opening information.

Books I would strongly encourage one to read instead: "Icons of Evolution" by Jonathan Wells, "Bones of Contention" by Marvin Lubenow, "Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!" by Duane Gish, "In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation" by John F. Aston, "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" by Michael Denton, "Astronomy and the Bible" by Donald B. DeYoung, "Refuting Evolution" by Jonathan Sarfati, "The Answers Book" by Ham/Snelling/Wieland, and "The Young Earth" by John Morris.

 
Problems reconciling Mr. Haywards conclusions with the Bible  Jun 8, 2001
Unfortunately, Mr. Hayward's interpretations raise far more problems than they attempt to solve (as will be documented below).

I do not believe that those who adhere to some form of theistic evolution (God used evolution to create everything) or progressive creation (God intervened at various points in the process of evolution) fully realize that their position violates clear concepts revealed in the Bible--indeed much that is foundational to the very Gospel itself.

For instance..

Concept violated: the goodness of God

The Bible says 'God is good' and in Genesis 1:31 God described his just finished creation as 'very good'. How do you understand the goodness of God if He used evolution, 'nature red in tooth and claw', to 'create' everything?

Concept violated: Adam's sin brought death and decay, the basis of the Gospel

According to the evolutionist's (and progressive creationist's) understanding, fossils (which show death, disease and bloodshed) were formed before people appeared on earth. Doesn't that mean that you can't believe the Bible when it says that everything is in 'bondage to decay' because of Adam's sin (Romans 8)? In the evolutionary view, hasn't the 'bondage to decay' always been there? And if death and suffering did not arise with Adam's sin and the resulting curse, how can Jesus' suffering and physical death pay the penalty for sin and give us eternal life, as the Bible clearly says (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all shall be made alive")?

Concept violated: the divine inspiration of the whole Bible

If the Genesis accounts of Creation, the Fall, the origin of nations, the Flood and the Tower of Babel - the first 11 chapters - are not historical, although they are written as historical narrative and understood by Jesus to be so, what other unfashionable parts of the Bible do you discard? The biblical account of creation in Genesis seems very specific with six days of creative activity, each having an evening and a morning. According to the evolutionary sequence, the biblical order of creation is all wrong. Do you think God should have inspired an account more in keeping with the evolutionary order, the truth as you see it, if indeed He did use evolution or followed the evolutionary pattern in creating everything?

Concept violated: the straightforward understanding of the Word of God

If the Genesis account does not mean what it plainly says, but must be 'interpreted' to fit an evolutionary world, how are we to understand the rest of the Bible? How are we to know that the historical accounts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection should not also be 'reinterpreted'? Indeed, can we know anything for sure if the Bible can be so flexible?

Concept violated: the creation is supposed to show the hand of God clearly

Dr Niles Eldredge, well-known evolutionist, said:

'Darwin . . . taught us that we can understand life's history in purely naturalistic terms, without recourse to the supernatural or divine.' [Niles Eldredge, "Time Frames - the Rethinking of Darwinian Evolution and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium", 1986, Heinemann, London, p. 13.]

Is it not philosophically inconsistent to marry God (theism) with evolution (naturalism)? If God 'created' using evolution which makes Him unnecessary, how can God's 'eternal power and divine nature' be 'clearly seen' in creation, as Romans 1:20 says? Evolution has no purpose, no direction, no goal. The God of the Bible is all about purpose. How do you reconcile the purposelessness of evolution with the purposes of God? What does God have to do in an evolutionary world? Is not God an 'unnecessary hypothesis'?

Concept violated: the need of restoration for the creation

If God created over millions of years involving death, the existing earth is not ruined by sin, but is as it always has been - as God supposedly intended it to be. So why then should He want to destroy it and create a new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3 and other places)?

Starting to get the picture of where Mr. Hayward's compromising theology leads?

See the Answers in Genesis website for volumnes of eye-opening information.

Books I would strongly encourage one to read instead: "Icons of Evolution" by Jonathan Wells, "Bones of Contention" by Marvin Lubenow, "Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!" by Duane Gish, "In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation" by John F. Aston, "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" by Michael Denton, "Astronomy and the Bible" by Donald B. DeYoung, "Refuting Evolution" by Jonathan Sarfati, "The Answers Book" by Ham/Snelling/Wieland, and "The Young Earth" by John Morris.

 
Creation and Evolution  Apr 16, 2001
Hayward's book is certainly far from unique in the genre of old-earth, apologetic literature. Of the many I have read, this one has a more balanced, thoughtful tone than most. Hayward believes in a Christian view of spirituality and salvation, while also believing that the majority opinion of the science establishment is correct in its assertions about the age of the earth, geologic processes, etc. In this, Hayward has shown a significant ignorance of both the processes themselves and the limitations of the scientific method. Some of this may be forgiveable, since significant research by diluvial geologists has been published since Hayward's book, but many of the deficiencies appear to be poor scholarship. His best argument for an ancient universe is the starlight issue, though he clearly misunderstands and cursorily dismisses topological questions that remain. If one needs a book from this genre to provide balance in a research project, this is as good as any of them.
 

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