Friday, February 7, 2014

*Six Days*

Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church

This new book, Six Days, will form a great foundation for many studies of Creation Science. 
Ken Ham's writing epitomizes conviction and coherence, and as Christians we need to dispense both together whenever we write or speak. 

As Mr. Ham points, out, there are many beliefs within Christianity about various doctrines. The end of the world, baptism, and speaking in tongues come to mind. 
Those differences create a wild and beautiful variety of Christian expression, and lead to some deep debates. At the end of the day we acknowledge that we can't know for sure about most of those non-salvation issues, and many people would like to shelve beliefs about Creation in the same category, as things we must agree to disagree about.

And to some extent that is true, and we certainly don't have all the answers.
But as Mr. Ham points out, the end of the world is yet to come. We can't know for sure what God will do then, whereas Creation has already occurred and only one version of it can be true. And God has left us a record of His actions within the historical narrative of Genesis. 

Six Days does a great job explaining the real difference between the many Creation theories: "Eisegesis Versus Exegesis." 
It all comes down to what you bring to your Bible when you read it. 
If you take your Bible and look at all the world, including fossils and apes and cavemen, through it, you will see vastly different things than if you take the dogmas of modern science and filter you Bible through them. 

There is a time where each of us will have to ask: "Do I accept evolution because I really see it in the text? Do I see Adam and Eve as neolithic hunters? Do I see a gap of millions of years between verses one and two, followed by the so-called Lucifer's Flood? Or am I inventing those theories and fitting them into the Bible to accommodate modern science because 'They'  will consider me ignorant and backwards if I don't?" 
Because ,brothers and sisters, you are in good company if you choose to study Scripture, and if you see six day Creation in there, and if you see Adam and Eve as first man and woman in a sinless paradise. You are in the company of many well-read, professional, culturally-competent, highly educated men and women who are scientists in various fields. 

After laying out the difference between exegesis and eisegesis, this book delves into several of the differing opinions on the age of the earth, the length of the creation days, evolution in Genesis, and the extent of the global flood. 

I think that more people would take a stand for Biblical Creation if they knew they wouldn't be standing alone. The resources of Answers in Genesis remind us that we are in good company, thinking company, and that there are reasons for what we believe. We all need to be shown that the facts and observations of science can be viewed through either a Creationist framework or a naturalist framework. Our modern technology and all the inventions that make out lives better are not dependent on the theory of evolution, but on the study of our Creation and how it works. We can discourse logically and knowledgeably about true science without fear of crumbling faith or compromise. 

So if anyone ever asks you what Creation Science is, or why people continue to believe in six day Creation, then you just hand them Mr. Ham's books Six Days and The Lie.
Those two books are the basic thesis, in my opinion, and will whet the appetite for more. 
If we are going to interpret Scripture with Scripture starting at Genesis One, then we must be able to defend our own beliefs, and we need ask the right questions to continue learning even more. 
The Answers in Genesis books are some of the best available today for the student of Creation Science. 

Thank you to Master Books for my review copy of Six Days!

Ken HamDr. Ken Ham is the president of Answers in Genesis USA and is a well-known speaker and author on the subject of Young-Earth Creationism. He received a bachelor degree in applied science (emphasis on environmental biology) from the Queensland Institute of Technology, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. He has also received two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity from Temple Baptist College, and a Doctor of Literature from Baptist Liberty University.

He was a director of Creation Science Foundation (CSF) in Australia, an organization which he jointly founded with John Mackay. In 1987 he moved to the United States, still maintaining his links with CSF.

From 1987 to 1993, Ham worked for the Institute for Creation Research, and in 1994 set up what in 1995 became Answers in Genesis (AiG), a creation ministry dedicated to "upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse."

In 2008 Ham was described by well known atheist and evolutionary biologist PZ Myers as a "Wackaloon" for carrying out a prayer session with members of the Pentagon. Ham responded regarding the validity of that prayer breakfastand that PZ Myers and other critics were intolerant of his position.

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