Reviewed by Allen Henderson
Assistant Professor of Education
Gerald Rau gives an unbiased summary of six different models of origins. The models included in this volume are Naturalistic Evolution, Non–teleological Evolution, Planned Evolution, Directed Evolution, Old–Earth Creation, and Young–Earth Creation. After a discussion of what a model actually is, the author provides an overview of the each of these six models.
The second portion of the book is devoted to the origins of the universe, life, species, and humans. One chapter of the book is devoted to each of these subjects with the known evidence being presented and how each of the six models interprets this evidence. Each of these chapters concludes with a discussion of what difference it makes in how the evidence is viewed. The book concludes with a positive view on this subject that frequently erupts in heated debate.
Gerald Rau’s goal in broaching this topic is not to espouse his own view in this debate. His intent is to enlighten the audience as to the views of various models or positions and to explain the evidence of origins in a non–threatening way. If you are looking for a book that offers a basic overview of the issues in the origin debate, then this book is for you. Rau successfully attempts to present a summary in a way in which mature readers can become more informed in this debate. It would make thoughtful summer reading for teachers or policy makers, to better understand the discussions that occur outside of the classroom.
Review posted on 3/11/2013