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.
Last Updated: April 2, 2012
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