In his debut foray into religious writing, Bunting puts his scientific background to work in examining how the Judeo-Christian Creation story can be reconciled with modern understandings of origins.
Throughout this highly accessible offering, Bunting admits to his own long and, at times, uncomfortable journey from adherence to strict creationist concepts toward a more nuanced understanding that allows for conventional scientific theories on creation. Nevertheless, the author remains committed to his faith and to his belief in a creator God who also offers the promise of a personal relationship with the divine. After a short comparison of the Creation stories of various major faiths, Bunting explores the problematic issues arising from the Creation stories of the Bible. Among the most important points Bunting makes is the use of the Hebrew word yom in Genesis, which has traditionally been translated as “day,” but which could mean any period of time. In the context of a creation period lasting seven “days,” that knowledge is game-changing for the believer hoping to find bridges between biblical truth and scientific evidence. Later, Bunting tackles the problem of Adam and Eve’s creation being a mere 6,000 years ago, according to Genesis, while archaeology proves the existence of humans and humanoids for tens of thousands of years prior. Bunting believes that Adam was the first being endowed with God’s spirit, while other humanlike “animals” had existed long before. As the author puts it, “The truly significant event isn’t when God first created an intelligent being. The truly significant event is when God first breathed His spirit into such a being.” The author’s theory is an intriguing workaround, but it’s shaky at best and certainly bound to be controversial. Bunting faces a problem common to all modern thinkers attempting to reconcile faith and science—strong adherents to either extreme of the argument will not be so easily swayed. Nonetheless, Bunting has provided a thought-provoking work to counter the extremes of creationists and atheists alike. Above all else, this is a work of Christian apologetics, urging the reader to consider the big questions of existence and ultimate purpose in life, as well as what may come after death.
Provides meaningful, accessible contributions to the science vs. creation debate, but “proof” continues to be elusive.