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An absolutely fabulous book. Wray has written an intelligent, well researched book that illustrates that faith and science deserve to share the same space, instead of being on opposite poles. His light hearted and disarming style makes this book fun to read. For those fading Creationists who are questioning their worldview, knowing that there must be something more - this book is a must read. Wray's struggles with Young Earth Creationism reflect my own struggles of the past, and now thanks to this book I finally have a perfect way to articulate my views. I wish I would have had this book back then!
Calvin Wray's first book is a deeply honest and personal reflection on his journey to make peace between his Christian faith, which had been steeped in 'young earth' creationist teaching, and the scientific evidence for an evolutionary process and a planet that is 4+ billion years old. Calvin boldly steps outside of the overheated rhetoric which has too often characterized the public discourse between some members of the Christian community and those who espouse an evolutionary understanding of the universe to explore the issues with the respect and sensitivity due to both his faith and to the scientific evidence he encounters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has been touched by this topic, not just because the reflections are interesting (which they are), and not just because Calvin is disarmingly self-effacing and funny (which he is) but because it is a good example of how people should approach ideas that are foreign to their received worldview: with bravery and honest consideration.
… a valuable entry point for Christians who want to overcome the anxiety that often surfaces when trying to bring together faith and evolutionary biology. A great conversation starter.”
As we journey along the uneven terrain in the creation-evolution debate it is wonderful to encounter a shelter along the way, a place to take off our boots, laugh a little, sit by a warm fire and gather our thoughts. Calvin Wray has provided such a place as he mixes faith, science, wit, honesty, story and humour into a perfect oasis for the weary traveller. We are in desperate need of a fellow pilgrim who has walked the slippery slopes before us. I highly encourage you to read this book; it just might be what you need to make it over that last hill.
Calvin Wray has written a highly entertaining, thought-provoking account of his personal investigation into the science of evolution, embarked upon after a crisis in his lifelong, uncompromising commitment to young-earth creationism... Wray's questions are important: What is the validity of the science behind the theory of evolution as an explanation for origins? If there is something to it, how might it relate to the world of the Bible? Can the story of evolution and the story of the Bible, especially the Creation accounts in Genesis 1 & 2, coexist, or must one be rejected by the other?... While the style of writing is extremely humorous (I frequently laughed out loud!), and the book is by no means an academic explanation of the issues, it is clear that Wray has embarked on his quest for understanding with the utmost seriousness, and the utmost reverence both for God and for the natural world and all its wonders. He leaves no stone left un-turned, no bone left uncovered, and no question unasked. This book could be very helpful for those who are second-guessing their young-earth position, but afraid that asking might put their whole faith and world-view at risk; those who sense that life has a spiritual undertone, but thought that science had discredited God; or those who are simply intrigued by the answers that faith and science have to contribute to our understanding of existence... In the end, you may or may not agree with his conclusions about evolution or creationism, but I'm certain you will enjoy spending time with this extremely enjoyable and affable writer.