Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything

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InterVarsity Press, Nov 14, 2012 - Religion - 237 pages
  • 2013 Midwest Publishing Awards Show Honorable Mention
The debate over evolution and creation has raged for decades and shows no signs of letting up. Many promote one view as the only reasonable solution. But what are the main viewpoints, and just why do they disagree? In the midst of an increasingly intense dispute, Gerald Rau answers the important questions with level-headed clarity and evenhanded analysis. Rau lays out six models of origins, ranging from naturalistic evolution to young-earth creation. He shows how each model presupposes an underlying philosophy that adherents take on faith. With the sensitivity of a seasoned educator, Rau demonstrates how each model assesses the scientific evidence in relation to four different kinds of origins: the universe, life, species and humans. In an age of specialists, Rau sees the big picture. Mapping the Origins Debate cuts through the cacophony and the complexity to provide a lucid and charitable contribution to the conversation.
 

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"Mapping the Origins Debate" by George Rau classifies the major origin ideas into six models: Naturalistic Evolution, Non-teleological Evolution, Planned Evolution, Directed Evolution, Old-Earth ... Read full review

Contents

Abbreviations
9
Preface
11
Acknowledgments
15
Worldviews Philoosophy and Science
19
A Spectrum of Models
31
Origin of the Universe
57
Origin of Life
82
Origin of Species
101
Appendix 1
193
Appendix 2
206
Glossary
209
Bibliography
223
Subject Index
233
Person and Organization Index
237
Praise for Mapping the Origins Debate
238
About the Author
240

Origin of Humans
129
What We Can Learn from Each
153
The Definition at the Heart of the Debate
175
Epilogue
191
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241
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Gerald A. Rau (Ph.D., Cornell) is founder and chief editor at Professional English International, Inc., a team providing high quality editing services in English academic writing, based at National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi, Taiwan. He was previously an adjunct professor teaching biology courses at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Rau has an impressive history of education with degrees in Biology, Science Education, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Vegetable crops and International Agriculture, which are all subjects he continues to include in his writings as an independent scholar.

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