In the Mail: InterVaristy Press

I would like to thank the nice folks at InterVaristy Press for sending me these two excellent books!

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In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton’s thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

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“We believe in one God, the Father.” The opening clause of the Nicene Creed can be summed up in a single word–monotheism. In the early centuries of the church, this striking doctrine stood starkly against a cultural background of multiple deities and spiritual powers. While it clearly builds on its Jewish heritage, calling God “Father” anticipates the Father-Son relationship in the Godhead that early Christians knew and robustly upheld.

The first article of the Nicene Creed also presupposes that there is an objective body of teaching that Christians are expected to confess as their faith. This idea seems normal and natural to us, but it was a novelty in the ancient world. Neither Judaism nor any pagan religion or philosophy could claim to have a closely defined set of beliefs that everyone adhering to it was expected to profess publicly and defend against all comers.

While this article on God the Father is the shortest and arguably oldest portion of the Creed, it fully sets forth the fundamental understanding of God as creator and originator of all that is. This commentary in its selection of texts from the early church highlights the common understanding of the One God in three Persons, elucidating the church’s understanding of divine attributes and trinitarian relations.

Book Excerpts

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PDF Introduction: The First Article of the Creed »

Now…how cool is that?

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18 Replies to “In the Mail: InterVaristy Press”

  1. Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton’s thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.
    There is no debate and there is no controversy in the scientific community about the basic facts of evolution, including the fact people share an ancestor with chimps. All competent biologists love evolution. They all agree with the famous quote “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”
    Your Bible believing scientists are extremely rare, and even those scientists, if they are competent, don’t believe the childish nonsense in Genesis.
    Most evolution-deniers, also known as creationists because they think every species was magically created, are terrified of knowledge, have no interest in educating themselves, and have no curiosity about how the world really works.
    The exceptions, perhaps young people who realize their parents are uneducated hicks, might want to read this book which was published in 2009: “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne.

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