Item description for After Eden: Understanding Creation, the Curse, and the Cross by Henry Morris III...
In America, a country founded on biblical principles, the culture is no longer sure whether the Bible is true, or not. If it isn't, how do we explain what we see around us -- the death, disease, and destruction?
The early chapters of the Book of Genesis present the creation account, but today, that view is seen as the simplistic dogma of Bible "literalists." So how do we understand the world as it is? This critical book discusses subjects that the larger Church world isn't answering: How much of the historical record of Genesis Genesis 1-11 is reliable? What does the subject of origins have to do with us today? Why was Noah's flood global and not local, or in some sense myth? How does the doctrine of creation relate to the gospel?
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A timely response to a disturbing trend. Dec 10, 2005
Today, biblical authority may be under its greatest attack in centuries. This book is a reflection of what is happening and it's potential danger to the Christian faith. More people in leadership positions are using biblical language to seductively sell the anti-biblical naturalistic theories of unrepentant scientists who have contempt for the Bible. The reason this is being done is obvious. Christians are caving in to peer pressure and have lost their trust in the Bible. As a result, certain verses of scripture are being taken from the lay person and given to 'experts' with a scientific background. Only they are allowed to decide what these verses mean based on what scientific consensus says about history. No longer are common sense and sound hermeneutical principles allowed to decide the meaning of words.
This of course is totally foreign to the Bible. Jesus did not pick just elite members of society to be his leaders to deliver his message to the world. Jesus used fisherman and tax collectors who had the skills to test doctrine with scripture. Every verse of the Bible is authoritative and inerrant. This is what Jesus taught, and because of this, we are able to separate true teachings from false teachings. Compromise interpretations that elevate man's so called science above clear scripture have abandoned this biblical precept. Foolishly thinking that compromising with the world will make the Gospel more attractive, they have actually undermined the very method that makes the Gospel comprehensible. Secular scientists will only accept naturalistic interpretations. That is why evolution, the big bang and billions of years are the popular theories of the day. Secular scientists also realize the Bible teaches the exact opposite and use these very theories to secularize the world.
Yet, so many Christian leaders feel the need to jump on the bandwagon, thinking this will somehow make them more respectable to the rest of the world. Secular scientists welcome such positions because it allows them to continue on without being accountable. By making the Bible fit popular theories, secular scientific speculations on areas that are no longer repeatable and testable grant these theories more authority than they deserve. One of the greatest weapons a secular scientist has to convince people of evolution and billions of years is a compromising church leader. Morris points this out citing anti-creationist Eugene Scott applauding Hugh Ross for getting Christians to `embrace more science'.
As for the critic below, yes this book is very emotional. We are not talking about sports but the very word of God. The evidence presented is verse after verse demonstrating the Bible is our revelation from God that must be used to test the teachings of church leaders. Morris does exactly this and uses the Bible to refute long age positions. The best evidence to refute long age positions is the Bible itself. There is no hint of evolution or long ages anywhere in the Bible despite over two centuries of church leaders desperately searching. This is one of the best Biblical critiques of the currently popular attacks on Biblical authority written for the laymen. A must read!
An Emotional Appeal to Young Earth Creationists Aug 13, 2005
On the surface, this book attempts to weave a connection between the literal, six 24-hour day creation account, and the cross of Jesus. By linking these two events, the author intends to show that by adding millions of years to the creation account, you subtract from the Gospel of Jesus. The main tool that the author uses to accomplish this connection is emotions. The book fails to give any valid reasons why one cannot interpret the days of creation as long ages. He weaves stories from Jesus life throughout the book, despite the fact that these stories have nothing to do with the age of the earth or the creation account. He talks down to old earth creationists, saying they have compromised the Bible, and questions the validity of their Christianity. Naturally, the young earth creationist will soak this all in, agreeing 100 percent, despite the fact that the author presents no evidence. The underlying tone of the book is one of desparation. Young earth creationism is in decline. The book gives the distinct impression that they are trying to stop this decline. Emotional appeals and admonishments to young earth creationists not to abandon their young earth beliefs are a large part of this book. The underlying message is that if you abandon young earth creationism, you don't have enough faith, and your original conversion to Christ is in question. The book contains numerous of these statements. It is obvious that the author is trying to inflence young earth creationists not to abandon ship. In that respect, it is a very tell-tale book, giving the state of affairs within young earth creationism. This book is written for young earth creationists, to shore up the defenses. It is not intended as an evangelestic book to convince non-Christians and old earth creationists. Young earth creationists will find it will build up their faith, but if they are willing to look below the surface, their eyes will be opened. For a full chapter-by-chapter review, see the Answers In Creation website at www.answersincreation.org/after_eden.htm.