EVOLUTION AND THE MODERN CHRISTIAN by Henry M. Morris; Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 72 pages (paper); price, $1.00
Here is a fine little book, written by a scientist who is thoroughly committed to the infallible Biblical record concerning creation. The author is one of the few who stands foursquare for creation in six literal days and who does not hide or compromise his belief. It is heart warming, in an age when Reformed men everywhere are busily propagating various theories of so called theistic evolution, to read a book of this kind.
Of the five chapters in this book (The Meaning of Evolution; Scientific Weaknesses of Evolution; The Fossil Record; The Case for Creation; Evolution and the Bible), I personally found the last chapter the most appealing. Perhaps others would judge differently.
But this is a book which our schools should order and place in their libraries. It is a book which should be required reading for our junior and senior high school students. And it is a book which any of our young people can easily read in a couple hours. On the back cover is this promotional statement:
“Young people in practically all public schools today and many of those in private schools are continuously and increasingly and insistently being indoctrinated with the evolutionary philosophy. The truths of Christian theism and Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, are increasingly being denied, ridiculed, or (which is worst of all) ignored as irrelevant. We urgently need literature which may reach those who are thus influenced, and which may open their minds and hearts to the true Biblical cosmology. This small book has been prepared with this one need in mind.
“This book is intentionally brief in order to minimize both the cost and the time required to read it. It is sufficiently non technical so that no intelligent high school or college student should have difficulty in understanding it; but, at the same time, there has been no attempt to ‘popularize’ its style or vocabulary. The writer respects the intellectual capacity and integrity of young people too much for this kind of device.”
While this recommendation does not mean that I subscribe to every statement made by the author, I agree with the promotional statement quoted above; and I heartily recommend this book, and urge especially that our young people read it.
THE CHILD’S STORY BIBLE, by Catherine F. Vos; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1966; 435 pp. $6.50.
This is a new edition of Catherine Vos’s Bible Story Book, known to so many parents and children. Several changes have been made: the language has been brought up to date; recent archeological discoveries shedding light on the Biblical account have been incorporated in the book; new maps and pictures have been prepared especially for this edition.
On the whole this book is still the best Child’s Story Bible on the market today; and is therefore heartily recommended to our parents and children. However, in the opinion of this reviewer, the pictures and maps are scarcely an improvement. While the publishers contend that “the pictures endeavor to bring the child into close touch with the world of the Bible” they are too much like modern art. I doubt whether children will appreciate them either.
One more comment. While indeed a story Bible is ideally suited to lead little children into the knowledge of Scripture, covenant parents ought to be warned against over use of a story Bible. By this I mean that it is possible to make such extensive use of the Bible story book that the Bible itself is neglected. This should not be. From earliest childhood children should also become acquainted with the Word of God itself and not exclusively with a substitute—no matter how beautiful and accurate. With this reservation, this new edition of an old favorite is heartily recommended to our people.
—Prof. H. Hanko