A debut book offers a faithful exploration of the Creation story in light of the scientific age.
Harmon delivers one of the most thorough works on the question of biblical Creation in recent times. The author acknowledges the inherent conflict for modern Christians between traditional readings of Genesis and scientific proofs for the Big Bang and evolution. Confronted with the question of how to reconcile these views, Harmon, aided by others in a study group, began a lengthy process of scrutinizing the original Hebrew of the Creation stories in Genesis. Their analysis discovered that “there is considerable evidence to suggest that biblical creation occurred over an indefinite period of time.” Harmon provides a step-by-step approach in reaching this conclusion. He begins by examining the prevailing theories that dominate thought in the church on this subject and then surveys its past misunderstandings of science (flat Earth, geocentrism, etc.): “History shows that over the centuries the church has had a rather dismal record of dealing with scientific discovery.” Harmon then moves to the heart of his research, an in-depth look at the language found in Genesis 1 and 2. What he ascertains is that traditional readings of the Hebrew focus on definitive days instead of indefinite days and continuing processes. A detailed study of each day of Creation as described in the Bible lends meaningful weight to Harmon’s eventual findings. Though he is far from alone in trying to harmonize science and faith (for example, there’s Jeremy Campbell’s The Many Faces of God and Andrew Parker’s The Genesis Enigma), what he has done here is a unique achievement. Harmon contributes one of the most balanced, well-researched, and intellectually honest volumes on the subject. Without compromising his faith in a creating God, or in a divinely inspired text, he nevertheless takes scientific evidence just as seriously and systematically arrives at a genuine answer to how both sources can be reconciled. His work can be respected and accepted by proponents on both sides of the argument—a rarity indeed.
An exceptional addition to the science/faith genre.