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Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective


Dan Lioy

This book undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation and creation themes pertinent to origins science. A key premise is that a fundamental congruity exists between what the Lord has revealed in nature (i.e., the book of God’s work) and in Scripture (i.e., the book of God’s Word). A corollary supposition is that, based on an analysis of the fossil record, genome evidence, morphological data, and so on, biological evolution offers the best persuasive scientific explanation for the origin and actualization of carbon-based life on earth, including Homo sapiens (i.e., modern humans). Furthermore, considering evolutionary creation in an objective, balanced, and informed manner reveals that the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics, including Augustinian and Reformed confessional orthodoxy.


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Acknowledgments xi


A variety of people have read portions of the manuscript and of- fered kind and intelligent critique. Ultimately, the views ex- pressed in this monograph are my own and not necessarily those of any institution or individual mentioned below. To begin, I want to thank the following academic institutions for the privilege of accessing a wide variety of scholarly sources through their respective research libraries: North-West University (Potchefstroom campus, South Africa); George Fox University (Newburg, Oregon); and Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Oregon). The assistance offered by the information specialists at each of these universities proved to be timely and invaluable, especially in utilizing publications that were rare and difficult to obtain. Next, I want to thank the following individuals for their feedback: Dr. Kevin Smith (Vice-Principal, South African Theological Seminary); Dr. Franklin Jabini (Head of the Undergraduate School, South African Theological Seminary); Dr. Zoltan Erdey (Head of Academic Quality Assurance, South African Theological Seminary); Dr. Mark Pretorius (Research Associate, Department of Dogmatics, University of Pretoria); Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt (Professor of Philosophy and Religion, South Dakota State University); Dr. Randall Isaac (Executive Director, Ameri- can Scientific Affiliation); Dr. Darrell Falk (Executive Director, The Bi- ologos Foundation); Dr. Timothy Howell (Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Montreat College); Mr. Val Armstrong (Branch Manager, Dallas Public Library); Rev. Don Brandt (Senior Pastor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon); Rev. Tom Hux (Associate Pastor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon); and Rev. Rick Hogaboam (Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, Nampa, Idaho). Others have attentively listened while...

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