I recently wrote of my desire to understand science from a Christian perspective. I had read a nature book that bothered me because of how it portrayed evolutionary views. I disagree with evolution, but it was how the authors spoke of evolutionists that bothered me. I had the opportunity to read another book on a similar subject, Building Blocks in Life Science: From Genes & Genesis to Science & Scripture by Gary Parker.
When I opened up the book and read this paragraph, I was intrigued...
"All that changed in 1859. Evolutionists used Darwin's popular new book, Origin of Species, as the basis for both attacking the Bible and reinterpreting the scientific evidence supporting the creationist model. Variability within kind was replaced with change from one species to others; boundaries between kinds with missing links between species; ecological cooperation with competition; common plan with common ancestor; struggle and death as problems to overcome with struggle and death as pathways to progress. Finally, evolutionists made Darwin's "war of nature" a substitute god, an alternate religion, and the authority of God's Word was replaced with the supremacy of human opinion." p.5
I really liked that quote and the first few lessons. Today I was flipping through the book, though and found several statements that concerned me.
"evolutionary theory is worse than worthless as a basis for biological classification." p. 79
"Abortionists often talk about a mother's right over her own body, but the baby inside her (unlike a wart!) is not part of her body." p. 85
There is a lot of great information in this book--I just wish it wasn't marred by the author's tone that seems intent on insulting the opposite viewpoint. What good does that do? The author could have been constructive and simply explained life science from a creationist perspective. It stands on its own. I appreciated how detailed the first few lessons are about genes and the progression of the discussion through the book. I also like the worksheet at the end of each lesson. But, because of the underlying tone in the book, I don't plan on using it as part of our curriculum when my children are in middle school.
My search remains--to find a book that helps me understand science from a creationist perspective, believing in God--that does not insult people who believe differently. It is one thing to say someone is wrong, it is another to be deprecating towards them and insult them.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing.