Six-Day Creation. Does it matter what you believe?
Paperback, 64pp. Published by Day One Publications, Ryelands Road, Leominster HR6 8NZ, UK. Price £4.00, ISBN 978-1-84625-097-2.
This book offers ‘a succinct and important argument in favour of a literal reading of Genesis 1-11’. Within the limits of a relatively small volume, Robert Gurney has produced a spirited defence of ‘Six-Day Creation’. His aim is to show that the theory of Evolution is not only contrary to scripture and Christian doctrine, but is scientifically suspect. He argues that it is a satanic deception, promoted by atheists whose teachings have inspired, inter alia, Marxism. His arguments come with added force because, in his words, ‘I myself was one of them . . . until recently’.
The main part of this book covers the biblical account of creation – five chapters headed ‘History’, ‘The Bible’, ‘Old Earth Theories’, ‘Problems’, and ‘Science’. The first chapter reviews how Genesis 1-11 has been interpreted down the centuries. It also highlights the destructive impact which evolutionary theory has had on the faith of many believers and on society, Chapter 2 deals with what the Bible says and how it is to be understood.
In Chapter 3 other views are examined and their weaknesses exposed. The views include: the gap theory, the day-age theory, and the literary framework theory. Chapter 4 considers some of the problems which Bible-believing Christians have with accepting Genesis 1-11 as straightforward historical narrative. The final chapter describes how scientists approach their work and looks in particular at the flood, at dinosaurs, and at carbon-dating.
The author has written clearly and in a challenging style. He recognizes that within the compass of this short work there is much more to be said. Therefore, he has added a short bibliography to allow readers to take the subject further. Although this book is for readers of all ages, it will be of special benefit to young people who are facing up to indoctrination in evolutionary theory.
[Our thanks to Ed Hotchin, Hucknall, Nottingham, UK, for this review]