Redeeming Science – Vern Poythress

I don’t recommend many books. But for someone who wants to read a solid Biblical treatment of the Christians role in science, as well as a fair (if a little bit short) treatment of the YEC/OEC debate, I highly recommend this book. Dr. Poythress is well-known theologian who teaches New Testament at the WTS, and holds multiple degrees.

He is not scared to explore the strengths and weaknesses in all positions, and in classical reformed style, always seeks to put God first, before any man-centered reasoning and conclusions. In the process he will offend many, no doubt, but even if you disagree with him, he provides good food for thought. His chapter on how YEC necessarily has to lead to some form of mature creation is insightful and offers some perspectives I have not yet seen anywhere else.

He also manages to convince me that the analogical day view of creation is the most logical and most God-honoring position to hold. One of the strengths of reformed scholarship throughout history has been that calm, rational exegesis and reasoning will help us towards the truth, and this book certainly displays that. The book is a nice balance between Biblical scholarship and modern scientific concepts throughout, with great care to emphasize human shortcomings in knowing the mysteries of God.

In some places I wish that he elaborated a bit more on some of his thoughts. But I guess with the book already at around 370 pages, it would have taken a book on each of the chapters to fully explore all that can be said.

I recommend that anyone interested in this subject read Dr. Poythress’s book. It has certainly blessed me, and cleared up some lingering questions I had. It also raised some new ones, for which I am equally grateful.

Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach

2 responses to “Redeeming Science – Vern Poythress

  1. He holds to an analogical day view, which I guess can be consistent with either position. Hy has some criticism for YEC in terms of their selective acceptance of science, as well as arguing that their position necessarily leads to a mature creation view, which can then be construed as God being deceptive, although he does not believe that of course.

    He also does not quite go for the day-age creation theory, essentially saying that it also requires some exegetical manipulation. The end result is that he holds to a view where the days of creation are viewed as being analogous. The framework view is a subset of the analogy view.

    He touches on a lot of the same issues that I have been struggling with, and although I don’t agree with everything he said, it did help me discover that there are some other views which are acceptable within a Scriptural framework, while also stimulating some further thoughts.

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