I almost never read books on the subject of human origins as I find they can be unnecessarily divisive, overly defensive, and even demeaning to those who don’t happen to share the same viewpoint. Thankfully this book was none of those things.
In his book The Adam Quest, author Tim Stafford tells the stories of eleven scientists, from all different cultural, scientific, and religious backgrounds, who have worked through the task of reconciling their science and their faith.
I found this book to be fascinating and I couldn’t put it down. To read about so many accomplished scientists who don’t see the need to have to choose between faith and science was incredibly encouraging. That said, these scientists do not all agree on the science part of the equation. The book is divided into three different views on creation:
- Young Earth Creationists
- Intelligent Design Creationists
- Evolutionary Creationists
Although at the end of the book the author shares where he lands personally, no individual perspective was given more weight than another and there is an overall tone of humility from those whose stories are told. Regardless of where you land on where life came from scientifically, there is still plenty of room for faith.
What was so great about this book was the high value placed on science. It is an act of ignorance to throw out good science. It’s sad that so many in the Church are afraid of and feel threatened by science as though it isn’t compatible with faith in God. This book clearly shows that these two pursuits of truth do not have to exist separately.
This book is a great read for anyone, regardless of scientific or religious background. The Adam Quest is a very interesting and accessible read and I would highly recommend this book.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:
“If we dig a wide ditch between the world of faith and the world of science, we will find ourselves much the poorer for it” (p. 06).
“[Religion & science] They are both attempts to get at the truth of the world. They do so in different ways, and they may discover different aspects of the truth, but in the final analysis they must come together” (p. 191).
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