Review: Is evolution ‘God’s Word or Human Reason?’

Is there a contradiction between religion and an evolutionary, Old Earth view of the natural world? While this varies from one religion to the next, scarcely any religion is specific enough to contradict, in detail, our scientific understanding of life, history, Earth and the universe as it has developed over recent centuries. Jonathan Kane et al.’s 2016 God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism had its beginnings in the 2007 opening of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) Creation Museum of Petersburg, Kentucky.

The title of this book – God’s Word or Human Reason? – is a response to AiG’s opening gambit: that the evolutionary, Old Earth view of science is merely the product of ‘human reason’ (AiG’s specific term), and that we do better to reject it in favour of accepting ‘God’s word.’

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[A] religious Christian view would be that human reason is a gift from God, that God has left copious data by which we can evaluate the formation of the universe, the Earth, and the living things upon it.

While an atheist or non-Christian of any sort will find the book good and useful, it is predominantly written for Christians such that they appreciate the lack of contradiction between Christian faith and scientific knowledge.

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