Saturday, February 1, 2014

Scientists Discuss Their Beliefs about Creationism

Creationism is a major schism between science and religion. Books on both sides of the argument make a case for one or the other. In this book, Stafford chose a different path. He tells the stories of eleven scientists from a variety of backgrounds and scientific disciplines. Each scientist has excellent credentials and works in the main stream of scientific research, or started their careers that way.

The scientists beliefs range from:
  • Young Earth Creationists – who believe the earth is less than ten thousand years old and Noah's flood explains the earth's geology and fossil distribution.
  • Intelligent Design Creationists – who believe the earth is much older than ten thousand years, but requires an intelligence to explain the development of life.
  • Evolutionary Creationists – who believe that God is responsible for creating life using the method of evolution.

The scientists' stories and how they came to their beliefs are diverse, but each has thought seriously about the problem of creationism and has come to their belief through a struggle with scripture and with science.

I enjoyed this book. The author respects both science and religion, and t's an easy book to read and understand. The scientists tell their own stories, but in the last chapter Stafford presents his own views. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in science and creationism, but I think it would be most useful for young people struggling with their beliefs and career choices.

I reviewed this book for PR by the Book.