“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Within that simple phrase, the Bible informs mankind the manner in which God miraculously generated our world and universes we cannot even imagine.
“The book of Genesis is a fitting introduction to the rest of the Bible,” the “LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible” states. “From the grandeur of God’s creative acts to the beginnings of marriage, sin, sacrifice for sin, family, work, murder, races, civilization, and God’s chosen people (Israel), the book of Genesis lays the foundation of God’s revelation of Himself to man. Genesis answers basic questions about the origin of all living things, the origin of evil in the world, and the beginning of God’s plan to redeem the human race.”
Yet, in this age of secularism and so-called diversity, it has become uncool to believe the biblical account of the world’s foundation.
And while Christians wholeheartedly believe that God created the heavens and the earth, recent polls indicate that a majority of Americans at least moderately believe that God created us.
These Americans’ beliefs, however, are generally ignored by the mainstream, including the national media, academia and popular culture. Subsequently, Christians who adhere to biblical foundations of creation are routinely met with a barrage of secularist dogma designed to refute their core convictions.
And so it is up to Christians to be able to express their biblical beliefs in order to effectively represent the cause of Christ in this cultural debate.
Dr. David DeWitt, Liberty University professor of biology, wants to help Christians understand the nature of creationism and teach them how to ably counter mainstream arguments.
His new book, “Unraveling the Origins Controversy,” is a crash course in biblical creationism and examines assumptions on both sides of the origins debate with clear biblical teachings.
The veteran professor, who is director of Liberty’s Center for Creation Studies, notes that there are new scientific findings in terms of the earth’s foundations almost every day, and Christians need to have a framework for understanding these alleged evolutionary breakthroughs.
Dr. DeWitt, who recently received a large National Institutes of Health grant to support his Alzheimer’s disease research, said, “We live in the same world and use the same facts as evolutionists. We simply use different assumptions to reach creation conclusions.”
Included in Dr. DeWitt’s scientific refutation of evolutionary theory, he incorporates Scripture throughout his book to support the science of creationism. He believes the value of his book is that it is written by a scientist who integrates up-to-the-minute findings with a biblical worldview.
Asked if there is any argument an evolutionist can make that a creationist cannot effectively answer, Dr. DeWitt smiled wryly and offered a simple “No.”
“We have nothing to worry about in defending our beliefs,” he confidently stated.
DeWitt is following the model imagined by my Dad in 1971, when he founded Liberty with three teachers (including him). He dreamed that Liberty would one day become a bastion of Christian thought and apologetics, providing leadership for Christianity worldwide. Professors like Dr. DeWitt are propelling that dream to new heights as we seek to instruct Christians how to fully live out their faith, without compromise or fear.
Readers may order Dr. DeWitt’s book at www.creationcurriculum.com.
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