Can a highly educated scientist be a non-compromising Bible-believing Christian? How would such a person balance and integrate his or her Christian beliefs in light of scientific discoveries and widely accepted scientific theories, especially those involving human origins? In “The Adam Quest,” the author, Tim Stafford provides us with “mini” auto-biographies of 11 scientists who are ardent Christian believers who have struggled with these questions.
Specifically, Stafford has allowed this group of scientists to tell their own stories about their childhoods, religious backgrounds, schooling, and vocations. Moreover, each of the 11 scientists tells his or her story about how they came about their understanding of human origins. The stories are grouped into three categories related to beliefs about human origins. These three categories include: young earth creationists, intelligent design creationists, and evolutionary creationists. For clarity, the book starts with the stories of three young earth creationists, and then moves on to those who hold to intelligent design, and then finishes with the scientists who are described as evolutionary creationists.
Although this book is about distinguished scientists, and describes their views of human origins, it is not a technical book with a lot of scientific jargon. The book does not include detailed arguments or debate regarding the three understandings of human origins. Although some of this is in the book, the main focus is not to provide a comprehensive understanding of the beliefs of young earth creationists vs. intelligent design creationists vs. evolutionary creationists. In other words, this is not the kind of book someone would read to clarify their own views on the topic. Instead, the book provides the personal side of each scientist, which gives some understanding as to the experiences and emphasis behind the view of each individual’s belief system.
The main theme that comes across in the book is that Christians do not have to all agree on the issue of human origins or in their interpretation of the Genesis story of mankind. It is clear from reading the book that each of these scientists is a committed, Bible-believing Christian, many of whom have a strong desire to share their faith in an evangelical manner. Despite the conflicting views or interpretations of the Genesis creation story, the common Christian faith held by this group of scientists is striking and uplifting. These men and women stood their ground for Christ, despite the difficulties it caused them professionally and sometimes personally. They are an admirable group indeed.
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