If you have been hearing about these terms, “Modern” and “Postmodern” but aren’t certain where to begin, The Death of Truth, (Dennis McCallum, General Editor), is a great place to start. The topics are dealt with in a scholarly manner, but are explained in an easy enough manner for the common person to understand. One of the most helpful aspects of the book are the wonderful charts, that give a great visual aid to the comparison of these worldviews.
Health Care, Literature, Education, History, Psychotherapy, Law, Science, and Religion.
If there is a downside to the book, it may be that some of the authors tend to defend Modernism a bit too much in their zeal to show the imbalance of its rebellious progeny: Postmodernism. This shows up the most in the chapters on education and health. In health, the author seems so opposed to any form on alternative medicine that I think he goes a bit far and throws the baby out with the bath water. Not all alternative medical approaches are “new age” or bogus superstition. In education, there is more credence given to the modern approach to education that is warranted. Modernist education wasn’t Biblical either. On a good note though, they do have a great explanation of the views of Multiculturalism and the real relatvisitic motives behind the facade.
With those disclaimers aside, I really think this book is a very useful tool for anyone who wants to understand the culture in which we live. Ideas have origins and destinations. This book does a good job of filling in the gaps between the two.
On a scale of 1-5, I’d give this a 4 overall.
Ken explains how science cannot prove where the universe came from (because the theory of origins relates to a historical event which cannot be observed or duplicated through modern scientific methods), and how both evolutionists and creations begin with a philosophical belief (faith) and both camps observe the same evidence. So the so called, “Religion vs. Science” debate is really a misnomer.
Ken discusses how almost all of our current social issues are impacted by our beliefs about creation or evolution. He also chronicles how modern churches have adopted an approach of accommodation, and have tried to accept evolution while adding God into the evolution story. Ken gives Biblical, scientific and reasonable philosophical arguments to demonstrate why this position is unsound and unnecessary.
Also included is an appeal to pastors and Christian workers to review their approach to evangelism. Without the foundation of Genesis, we are leaving out a major part of the gospel story (the fall of mankind into sin, and therefore separation from God). While the cross of Christ is central to the gospel, Genesis is foundational for explaining why Christ had to suffer and die in our place.
For those who have been influenced by the gap theory, the day-age theory, progressive creation or any number of other Biblical compromises, The Lie: Evolution will give compelling reasons to trust a literal account of a young earth and a 24 hour, six day creation.
Also helpful (for those who like reviews!), is an appendix section where Ken recommends other useful books on the subject of Creation Science.
Recommended for junior high – adult. Beginner to intermediate level understanding of creation issues.
You may download if for FREE here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/lie
Published by Master Books, copyright 1987. ISBN #0-89051-158-6
On a scale of 1-5, I’d give this a 4.75 overall.
I was reading an excellent article this morning by Dr. John Lennox, professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, refuting the concepts contained in Dr. Stephen Hawking‘s book, The Grand Design. The article was contained in Dr. Ravi Zacharias‘ fine publication, Just Thinking.
Having read Stephen Hawking’s book, I thought John Lennox put into words what I would say about this book myself. This is not a book of hard science, as Dr. Hawking would have us believe, but rather a book of Philosophy (which Dr. Hawking ironically seems to feel is now useless) and Metaphysics. Far from giving us a definite Scientific explanation for how the universe created itself through the laws of physics (the book’s stated goal), it hypothesizes about many non-proven theories that are really speculative science-fiction, rather than observable science.
John Lennox demonstrates how the existence of the laws of Physics (Gravity for example) do NOT disprove the existence of God (as Stephen Hawking claims), but are rather evidence for Him. I am thankful for brilliant scholars like Dr. Lennox who are willing to challenge the intellectual elite and expose when they are merely promoting a presuppositional bias, rather than doing real Science.
I would also encourage you to watch this lecture by Dr. Lennox where he explains his objections to this book in more detail.