Clear biological answers for how science and Scripture fit together to honor the Creator: that is the tagline from Gary Parker’s new book Building Blocks of Life Science: From Genes & Genesis to Science and Scripture. Dr. Parker has a Ed.D in biology and lectures for the Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis. The book, as you may have guessed, reads much like an academic biology book, except that rather than giving glory to Nature for the slow evolution of life, Dr. Parker gives glory to God as the creator.
He has some interesting theories about bacterium and viruses that I had not thought about before, but otherwise it’s pretty straight-forward biology. And biology alone doesn’t lead to an evolutionary explanation to the origin of life, in fact as we discover more about the cell and DNA; it’s harder to imagine natural causes for life’s origin on the planet. So much so, that evolution’s grand champion, Richard Dawkins, believes it was probably aliens that kicked evolution off. He refuses to believe in God, but he believes in aliens?
With that said, I don’t think you’ll find anything in here that’s going to revolutionize the debate between creation and evolution. What I mean by that is that there are no facts presented that any educated atheist wouldn’t have already heard in debate and considered to be a faulty interpretation of the information available. And short of Jesus rending the sky and descending, I don’t think there ever will be a consensus on that debate. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that even when Jesus returns, the world will go to war with Him, so even that might not be enough to convince the atheists that God exists. I’ve met a few who could spend eternity in hell and still maintain that it’s all from natural causes.
Anyway, I don’t want to start off a huge rant on this issue and start arguing with people about it. If you want some of that action, I’d suggest visiting the site The Poached Egg. There are lots of people over there that love to argue about this sort of thing.
I will say if you are looking for a simple biology book that gives a good argument against evolution, this book is a good place to start.
A free copy was provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.