Book Review – Sex in a Broken World by Paul Tripp

February 14, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Sex in a Broken World

Author: Paul David Tripp

Publisher: Crossway

Amazon info:

We live in a deeply broken world . . . but there is hope.

Sexuality is a fundamental part of what it means to be human—part of God’s beautiful design when he created all things. And yet, sex in our world today looks nothing like the way that God intended it to be. Sexual brokenness surrounds us and, in one way or another, affects us all.

This sexual brokenness reveals our deep need for redemption—something quick fixes, mere behavior modification, or a set of rules can’t provide. Honest and direct yet kind and caring, this book points us to the only place we can find help for sexual brokenness—the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Only this grace offers hope for a life of freedom, purity, and joy as God intended.

 

My rating: 4 stars

My review:

Honestly, I think the title of this book could be: Sin in a Broken World. So much of what Tripp says here is pretty global and I guess that’s true when your focus is on the gospel and how it applies to life in general.

It’s a solid read. This book is full of gospel and full of pointing you to Christ in the midst of a whacked out world with regard to this topic. And even if you don’t see this world as broken with regard to sex,  you’ll get great insight into any sin with with you struggle.

Definitely recommended.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own.

Book Review – Theistic Evolution

January 22, 2018 by  
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Book Title:  Theistic Evolution

Author:  Multiple

Published by: Crossway

Amazon Info:  The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian church. Prominent organizations such as Biologos (USA) and Faraday Institute (UK) insist that Christians must yield to an unassailable scientific consensus in favor of contemporary evolutionary theory and modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life accordingly. They promote a view known as “theistic evolution” or “evolutionary creation.” They argue that God used—albeit in an undetectable way—evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. This book contests this proposal. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced. It documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives—making the book essential reading for understanding this worldview-shaping issue.

My rating: 4 stars
My review:  It’s rare that I’ll write a book review without first reading the entire book, but I fear this one, at over 1000 pages, will take me much longer than I ever thought.  Given the scientific and academic subject matter, the intensity of the debate, and the writing style of the authors, this stay at home mom will have her work cut out for her!  All that said, the topic is fascinating to me and I believe it’s not only important, but vital that we Christians learn about the various views on creation/evolution within our own circles.  This book is a deep, full, and detailed argument not just in favor of creation, but against a view within creation science referred to as Theistic Evolution … sort of combining the idea that yes, God did create, but used the process of evolution to do it (my kindergarten explanation!).  Anyway, if you are at all interested in the topic (and you should be) this is a great volume to have in your library of resources and while thick and pricey, it’s definitely worth the money!

Here’s a little taste from the intro chapter:

In this book we will provide a comprehensive scientific, philosophical,
and theological critique of the idea known as theistic evolution. But
before we can do that, we will need to define what the proponents of
this perspective mean by “theistic evolution”—or “evolutionary creationism,”
as it is sometimes now called. Indeed, before we can critique
this perspective we will need to know what exactly it asserts. Is it a
logically coherent position? Is it a theologically orthodox position? Is
it supported by, or consistent with, the relevant scientific evidence? The
answer to each of these questions depends crucially on the definition or
sense of “evolution” in play. “Theistic evolution” can mean different
things to different people largely because the term “evolution” itself
has several distinct meanings.

And just to give you a feel for what you’re in for, here’s the table of contents (don’t get scared off!)

SECTION I: THE SCIENTIFIC CRITIQUE OF
THEISTIC EVOLUTION
Section I, Part 1: The Failure of Neo-Darwinism
1 Three Good Reasons for People of Faith to Reject Darwin’s
Explanation of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Douglas D. Axe
2 Neo-Darwinism and the Origin of Biological Form and
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105
Stephen C. Meyer
3 Evolution: A Story without a Mechanism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139
Matti Leisola
4 Are Present Proposals on Chemical Evolutionary Mechanisms
Accurately Pointing toward First Life? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165
James M. Tour
5 Digital Evolution: Predictions of Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193
Winston Ewert
6 The Difference It Doesn’t Make: Why the “Front-End Loaded”
Concept of Design Fails to Explain the Origin of Biological
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .217
Stephen C. Meyer
7 Why DNA Mutations Cannot Accomplish What
Neo-Darwinism Requires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237
Jonathan Wells
8 Theistic Evolution and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis:
Does It Work? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257
Stephen C. Meyer, Ann K. Gauger, and Paul A. Nelson
9 Evidence from Embryology Challenges Evolutionary Theory . . . .289
Sheena Tyler
Section I, Part 2: The Case against Universal Common Descent
and for a Unique Human Origin
10 The Fossil Record and Universal Common Ancestry . . . . . . . . . . . . .331
Günter Bechly and Stephen C. Meyer
11 Universal Common Descent: A Comprehensive Critique . . . . . . . . .363
Casey Luskin
12 Five Questions Everyone Should Ask about Common Descent . . . .403
Paul A. Nelson
13 The Battle over Human Origins (Introduction to Chapters
14–16) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .431
Ann K. Gauger
14 Missing Transitions: Human Origins and the Fossil Record . . . . .437
Casey Luskin
15 Evidence for Human Uniqueness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .475
Ann K. Gauger, Ola Hössjer, and Colin R. Reeves
16 An Alternative Population Genetics Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .503
Ola Hössjer, Ann K. Gauger, and Colin R. Reeves
17 Pressure to Conform Leads to Bias in Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .523
Christopher Shaw
SECTION II: THE PHILOSOPHICAL CRITIQUE OF
THEISTIC EVOLUTION
18 Why Science Needs Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .547
J. P. Moreland
19 Should Theistic Evolution Depend on Methodological
Naturalism? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .561
Stephen C. Meyer and Paul A. Nelson
20 How to Lose a Battleship: Why Methodological Naturalism
Sinks Theistic Evolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .593
Stephen Dilley
21 How Theistic Evolution Kicks Christianity Out of the
Plausibility Structure and Robs Christians of Confidence that
the Bible Is a Source of Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .633
J. P. Moreland
22 How to Think about God’s Action in the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .659
C. John Collins
23 Theistic Evolution and the Problem of Natural Evil . . . . . . . . . . . . . .683
Garrett J. DeWeese
24 Bringing Home the Bacon: The Interaction of Science and
Scripture Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .705
Colin R. Reeves
25 The Origin of Moral Conscience: Theistic Evolution versus
Intelligent Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .731
Tapio Puolimatka
26 Darwin in the Dock: C. S. Lewis on Evolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .755
John G. West
SECTION III: THE BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL
CRITIQUE OF THEISTIC EVOLUTION
27 Theistic Evolution Undermines Twelve Creation Events and
Several Crucial Christian Doctrines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .783
Wayne Grudem
28 Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the
Old Testament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .839
John D. Currid
29 Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the
New Testament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .879
Guy Prentiss Waters
30 Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with Historical Christian
Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .927
Gregg R. Allison
31 Additional Note: B. B. Warfield Did Not Endorse Theistic
Evolution as It Is Understood Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .953
Fred G. Zaspel
General Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .973
Scripture Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1001

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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