This last week I received a new book from IVP Academic: Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins. This book is the joint effort of five Wheaton professors and grew out of a course they’ve been team teaching for two decades or so (along with a handful of other colleagues). Their collected expertise ranges from Physics to Old Testament. Robert Bishop is professor of physics and philosophy, Larry Funck is a chemist (now retired), Raymond Lewis is a biologist, Stephen Moshier a geologist, and John Walton, an Old Testament specialist. They have the necessary background and training to deal with the scientific and biblical issues involved in questions of origins along with a strong faith and commitment to orthodox biblical Christianity.
This is a textbook – it is large, long (630 pages from introduction to postscript), well illustrated, and well written. It is a book, however, that should be of interest to anyone who wants to delve into the issues. From the introduction:
This is a book about mainstream scientific theories of origins in astronomy and cosmology (origins of the universe), chemistry (origin of life), geology (origin of the Earth and solar system), biology (origin of species), and physical anthropology and genetics (human origins), But it is more than a book about these theories and the evidences and inferences supporting them. It is also a book about biblical and theological perspectives on the science of origins. We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God for faith and practice as believers. As God’s inspired revelation, even though it was written in historical and cultural contexts very different from ours, the Bible gives us insight for how to understand and engage these scientific theories. (p. 1)