by Charles Prince
Xulon Press, 2009, 200 pages, $15.99 (paperback), ISBN-13: 978-1-60791-032-9.

I have known Charles Prince for roughly 40 years. I know him as a minister with some 50 years of experience, and as a scholar having graduated from Abilene Christian University and Harvard Divinity School. He is a brilliant man with a strong academic background and a long and outstanding career at various congregations of the churches of Christ. The purpose of this book is stated as follows in the forward (page xiii) of the book:
My purpose is to stimulate a dialog between the scientific ideas of origins and the biblical teaching about creation. This dialog is desperately needed not only between groups of individuals who hold these beliefs, but also between the warring parts weighing the minds and hearts of many believers. I believe this war is both unnecessary and destructive. It is time to seek peace.
Prince points out that “What undermines dialog is a sense of superiority or disdain for one’s dialog partners” (page 20). We have personally found this certainly to be true. The book then sets out to educate us about why dialog is needed, what it is, and why we as humans need to understand that not we nor anyone else has all the answers. There is a chapter on how scientists and believers each operate and how this contributes to a failure to be able to have meaningful dialog. These sections of the book are very useful and helpful to any reader.

Chapters three to five of the book deal with how the Bible writers convey the message of the creative acts of God, and how these methods have come to us in Genesis 1 and 2. This is a literary/philosophical/theological approach that discusses the use of poetry, stories, and language in conveying information. Prince is well educated in this subject area and takes exception to the way fundamentalists read the creation accounts. His fourth chapter is titled “A New Approach to the Interpretation of the Creation Stories in Genesis.” The last part of the book discusses world view issues and how questions of free will, determinism, and man’s relationship to the cosmos can be resolved to satisfy thinking in the world in which we live both from a Christian and scientific standpoint.

This is a challenging book which is going to target advanced college students, ministers, and academics at the university level. It is not aimed at high school students or the general reader. For the person who wants a challenge to think differently and come to an academic viewpoint that is different from what he might have had in the past, this book will be very useful. The title of the book comes from the question that you may want to think about--after the seventh day was over (as well as what was God resting from and why did He have to rest), what would or is God doing during the eighth day? If that question makes you smile and wonder you will want to read Prince’s book.

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