Beyond The Firmament

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As debates within the Church over the scientific details of creation become more frequent, the 'experts' seem to grow more entrenched while the rest of us only become more confused. Somewhere between the endless arguments over distant starlight and Carbon-14 dating, calculating the mathematical improbabilities of things that already exist, and parsing ancient Hebrew and Greek, somebody needs to ask the simple question, "If 3,500 years of scientific progress can't help modern Christians figure out Genesis, then ...
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Overview

As debates within the Church over the scientific details of creation become more frequent, the 'experts' seem to grow more entrenched while the rest of us only become more confused. Somewhere between the endless arguments over distant starlight and Carbon-14 dating, calculating the mathematical improbabilities of things that already exist, and parsing ancient Hebrew and Greek, somebody needs to ask the simple question, "If 3,500 years of scientific progress can't help modern Christians figure out Genesis, then how could the ancient Israelities possibly have understood it so well?" What secret did this newly liberated gaggle of Hebrew nomads take with them out of Egypt that holds the key to understanding God's telling of His own creation story?

Beyond the Firmament challenges all creationist camps-whether Young-Earth, Old-Earth, or Theistic Evolutionist-to step outside of traditional paradigms and recognize how our modern, Western, post-Enlightenment scientific worldview actually blinds us from seeing the simple truth of Creation as it was originally intended, and how our failure to grasp the theological significance of the Biblical creation model puts science and faith on a collision course.

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John H. Walton
"I have read many books over the years attempting to deal with the Bible and Science. It is rare to find one that can address both the Bible and Science well and offer straightforward discussion that cuts through the complexity of the subject. Glover's faith is communicated strongly, his understanding of the Bible's demands is well-informed, and his presentation of the scientific evidence is persuasive, concise, and remarkably clear. It is just the right kind of book to put into the hands of someone who is struggling with the subject. I have been recommending this book to everyone."--(John H. Walton, Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College and Graduate School)
Loren Haarsma
"Christians who care about origins issues should definitely read Beyond the Firmament. It is well-written and easy to understand, and it nicely summarizes what God's Word and God's world are telling us about creation. It includes the best discussion I've read for how and why we should put ourselves in the mindset of the original author and audience of Genesis, and how doing so will help us understand the real message of Genesis so we can get beyond the debates about creation, age, and evolution."--(Loren Haarsma, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Calvin College)
Stephen Matheson
"What does it mean to hold a high view of biblical revelation while honestly considering the facts of natural history? Gordon Glover has created a delightfully readable yet comprehensive exploration of the relationship between the Genesis narratives and the science of our day, focusing on the context in which those narratives were given to humankind. Beyond the Firmament combines clarity and wit, honoring the Word of God while respecting our understanding of God's world. This is an impressive achievement for the author and a Godsend for Christians."--(Stephen Matheson, Associate Professor of Biology, Calvin College)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978718619
  • Publisher: Watertree Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    The whole conflict between faith and science has been trumped up. Does this surprise you? This book will convince you. This book is divided up into four sections. 'What do we know and how do we know it?' is a preliminary, basic overview of what is called 'epistemology' in fancy terms, making distinctions between natural and special revelation that carry the next two sections. 'What can the Bible tell us about nature?' is a look at the special revelation in the Bible and discusses the boundaries of what it can tell us and why we can't just assume over-literalized interpretations when interpreting it. In the next section, 'What can nature tell us about itself?', Glover describes what science can tell us about the beginning of the universe and the origin of our solar system, and then describes why radiometric dating methodology is reliable. The last section, 'What about evolution?' is a summary of evolutionary theory. Glover's strong points are his knack for analogy and his conversational style. His humility and honesty about the limitations of science make bearable the experience of shattering the 'godless atheist' facade so many evangelicals have constructed in front of mainstream science. He explains some heady concepts 'including a bit of mathematics and physics' very simply, and just in case it starts seeming too dense, he doesn't linger there long for more advanced readers, he provides references to more technical works. This book was not meant to grapple with theological issues associated with Adam or the Fall it does try to provide a case for not simply dismissing any data that might make us take a second look at our first guess on those topics. This book is accessible but not condescending, enjoyable and humorous at times but not a slick car-sales job, earnest but not overbearing. For anyone who might be interested in looking into the issue of evolutionary creationism 'Glover's term of choice in lieu of 'theistic evolution'', Beyond the Firmament is the place to start.

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