Mapping the Origins Debate Six Models of the Beginning of Everything

ISBN-10: 0830839879
ISBN-13: 9780830839872
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Authors: Gerald Rau
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List price: $23.95
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 1/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What are the main positions in the debate over creation and evolution? Why do they disagree? Can the debates about origins and evolution ever be resolved?Gerald Rau offers a fair-minded overview of the six predominant models used to explain the origins of the universe, of life, of species and of humans. He aims to show the contours of current debates both among Christians and between Christians and non-theists. He also enables us to evaluate and think more clearly about the various arguments for each position. He accomplishes this by not only describing the options on origins, but by exploring the philosophical assumptions behind each and how evidence is counted corresponding with each model.While surveying the various models, Rau does not avoid in depth consideration of the complexities involved in what makes up a given model and how they differ. Rau investigates the nature of science and the differing philosophies of science operating in the debates. He goes on to show the importance of philosophical assumptions involved in each model and the key role among Christians of the assumed proper hermeneutic for interpreting Scripture. Rau cogently identifies the role those assumptions play in determining what counts as significant evidence in the current debates. He presents in detail how the scientific evidence is interpreted by each model to substantiate its conclusions. He also notes the limits of a scientifically gained knowledge. In the end, he shows not just what the differences are among the options but why they disagree and why we shouldn’t expect any resolution as long as the philosophical assumptions remain fixed. Any reader will not only become better informed about the current debates on origins but will become better thinkers about the issues at stake.

Gerald A. Rau (Ph.D., Cornell) is founder and chief editor at Professional English International, Inc., a team providing high quality editing services in English academic writing, based at National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi, Taiwan. He was previously an adjunct professor teaching biology courses at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Rau has an impressive history of education with degrees in Biology, Science Education, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Vegetable crops and International Agriculture, which are all subjects he continues to include in his writings as an independent scholar.

Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Worldviews, Philosophy and Science
What Is Eternal?
What Is Science?
What Questions Need to Be Addressed?
A Spectrum of Models
What Is a Model?
What Is the Spectrum of Opinion?
What Are the Models?
What About Intelligent Design?
Origin of the Universe
What Is the Evidence?
How Does Each Model Interpret the Evidence?
What Difference Does It Make?
Origin of Life
What Is the Evidence?
How Does Each Model Interpret the Evidence?
What Difference Does It Make?
Origin of Species
What Is the Evidence?
How Does Each Model Interpret the Evidence?
What Difference Does It Make?
Origin of Humans
What Is the Evidence?
How Does Each Model Interpret the Evidence?
What Difference Does It Make?
What We Can Learn from Each
What Evidence Needs an Explanation?
What Contribution Has Each Made?
What Does Each Need to Address?
Seeing the Big Picture
The Definition at the Heart of the Debate
Whose Definition of Science?
The Heart of the Debate
Epilogue
Tables Comparing Six Models of Origins
Comparison of Various Interpretations of Genesis I
Glossary
Bibliography
Subject Index
Person and Organization Index

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