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The Battle for the Beginning: Creation, Evolution and the Bible

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The Battle for the Beginning: Creation, Evolution and the Bible

The truth of creation in a literal six days is very much under attack. Though this anti-creation worldview began many years ago, some in “believing” circles have also begun to adopt it and are teaching the evolution worldview. Many have twisted the scriptural account and have tried to blend creation and evolution on various levels. John MacArthur’s The Battle for the Beginning shows us what Scripture truly teaches, and how people have allowed that truth to be compromised. MacArthur also shows us the far-reaching effects of this false teaching. For example, why would society value life in the womb when it does not value human life as created in God’s image?

MacArthur makes frequent use of Scripture references throughout The Battle for the Beginning, so the reader knows he is not just giving personal opinion. I also appreciate his accurate use of scientific and historical research where applicable. MacArthur writes on a level to cause the reader to think, not just be handed candy-coated snippets. I believe MacArthur’s style of writing in this book challenges the reader to think through issues and potentially challenge previously held opinions.

The Battle for the Beginning walks the reader through each day of creation. Next, the reader sees how Adam and Eve’s sin affected creation and plunged humanity into sin. But, MacArthur does not leave the reader there. He shows us God’s redemptive plan through Christ’s coming to earth and sacrificing Himself on the cross. I think The Battle for the Beginning is a resource that could strengthen believers or even witness of God’s truth to unbelievers.

As Christian parents, we are responsible to teach truth to our children from Scripture. We must be vigilant even today against many teachings that have allowed seeds of evolution into believing circles. As we choose programs and curriculum, this is not an area we can excuse. I believe The Battle for the Beginning would be a great study for parents to shore up their knowledge in this area.

About Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews is the Reviews Manager for Home Educating Family and is excited to bring readers the information they need to make wise decisions for their family. She is blessed with an incredibly patient husband and energetic young daughter. Sarah finds her interests incredibly ironic as she balances love of reading, chocolate, and coffee with her newer interests of nutrition and exercise. Since crafts make her hyperventilate, Sarah doubts she will ever be the perfect homeschool mom. You can find her random thoughts at choresandchatter.wordpress.com.

Last Updated: April 2, 2012

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  1. Herman Cummings
    April 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    The evolution theory is an irrational falsehood, zealously embraced by atheists, that is a phony conclusion of the 600+ million year fossil record. There is no “valid supporting data” for evolution. In a court of law, or in a public forum, the same evidence that evolutionists would use to try to “prove” the validity of that theory, I would utilize to reveal the truth of Genesis. In order to believe in evolution, you have to purposely ignore certain facts of reality. For example, when you see illustrations of primates being pictured as evolving into humans, it can be shown in a court of law that such a premise is impossible, because certain human and primate traits are different, and could not have ever been shared. The only “common ancestor” that humans and primates share is God Himself. Current Creationism has refused to teach the truth of the Genesis text, and either teaches foolishness (young Earth), or false doctrines (non-literal reading of the text). Creationists thoughtlessly try to prove “Creationism”, rather than seeking and teaching the truth of Genesis. How can an untruth, ever prove another lie, to be in error? You can’t do it. That is why Creationism fails. It essentially is also a lie, and should be discarded, even by Bible believers. The correct opposing view to evolution is the "Observations of Moses", which is the ONLY presentation that reveals the truth of Genesis chapter one. It is the true rendition of the Hebrew text. Everything else, unfortunately, are false and foolish interpretations of scripture. Those that imply that God used evolution are infidels at worse, or clowns at best, that refuse to learn the truth of Genesis. The truth has been available for more than 18 years. Such a discussion is currently silly, and shows stubbornness against learning the truth of God's Word. There are no "creation stories" in Genesis. In fact, about all of theology and creationism have no idea what Moses was writing about. You can't simply take an advanced book of math or science, and try to read from it on your own without personal instruction. For example, Genesis declares that mankind has been on this Earth, in his present likeness, for more than 60 million years. The "male and female" in Genesis chapter one was not "Adam & Eve". Has modern science discovered that yet? Herman Cummings ephraim7@aol.com

  2. Lea Ann Garfias
    April 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for taking the time to share your views on the theories of origins, Mr. Cummings. We at Home Educating Family would disagree with your position on several points, specifically that Genesis is a record of Moses's observations and that Genesis declares mankind has been on this Earth ... for more than 60 million years. The first point because the first several chapters of the book begin with God's declaration of the beginnings (likely recorded by Adam and then his decedents, signed at the end of the respective genealogies); Gen 1:1 begins with God Himself, not man. The second point, because no mention is ever made of "millions of years" in any respect. The absence of long periods of time, necessary for your assertion, is seen in the geneological records carefully recorded in Genesis. The comments here are not the proper forum, however, for debating either the age of the earth nor theories of origins. We welcome discussions on each product, though, and hope each reader will add helpful insight to products we review. You can read more about our comment policy here: http://hedua.com/stage/reviews/?qa_faqs=how-may-i-express-my-opinion-about-my-product-review

  3. Greg Herman
    July 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Dear Mr. Cummings, Let me get this straight: "The truth has been available for more than 18 years." So, for more that 5,000 years the truth that you proclaim has been hidden from man...until 1995. Is that about right? -Greg

    • Herman Cummings
      April 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Yes, that is correct. "In the last days, knowledge shall increase". Herman

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Year:
2001
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softcover, 237 pages
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$11.00
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for high school through adult
Worldview:
biblical
 
Pros:
shows how evolution is not just in secular society, and the need to guard churches and families
Cons:
deep explanations and complex language may be a deterrent for some readers
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