40 Questions About Creation and Evolution“No issue has less unanimity among evangelicals than the matter of discerning the best way to relate the doctrine of creation to the scientific theory of evolution.” (23) Thus begins a survey of the various views in 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution by Kenneth D. Keathley and Mark F. Rooker(Kregel, 2015).

While the debates about soteriology and eschatology draw a lot of heat and division, it is perhaps the multi-faceted discussion on the origins of man and nature that bring much more heat than light. From the academy to the church pew, there are so many view points and varieties of view points that it can be hard to keep them straight. What is important to one is not to the other and what is clear to the other is not to the one. Add to that the vast body of knowledge and information that one needs to be familiar with in order just to carry an informed discussion.

With all of the views and books supporting those views it is easy to get lost in it all. This is where 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution comes in so handy. Though the authors are theologians and not scientists (which might be the only downfall to the book), they do an excellent job of presenting the various views with reasoned critiques of every position, including their own (Rooker is young-earth and Keathley is old-earth).

Perhaps the main thing that causes so much more heat than light in the discussion is that people don’t know how to keep the main thing the main thing and the rest of it in proper perspective to that. The authors definitely model how to do this well by stating, “We must know what to hold firmly and what must be open to revision. Our commitment to doctrine must be strong, but we hold to any particular apologetic approach much more loosely.” (17) If you can read this book with a humble and open mind it will help you see that, no matter your view, no view/theory can put together everything we know satisfactorily.

It is the confusion and conflation of doctrine and apologetic approach that is the problem. It is more important to believe that God created the universe and everything in it than how He created it, though what you believe about how He created it has importance as well. It is more important to believe that God created everything than the time frame within which He created it. There is value in ‘iron sharpening iron’ in the discussion of secondary and tertiary issues but they are counterproductive if we allow them to destroy our unity over the fact that it was all done by the triune God, even if we cannot understand the how of it all.

40 Questions About Creation and Evolution is a thoughtful survey of the historical, exegetical, scientific, cultural, and worldview issues related to the debate on creation and evolution. While this book might best benefit those who are new to the study, it is a book for everyone who cares about the issues.

I received this book for free from Kregel for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”