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Book Spotlight: Human Origins And The Bible by Myron Heavin

About The Book

Title: Human Origins And The Bible
Author: Myron Heavin
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication Date: July 20, 2016
Pages: 194
Genre: Christian Apologetics / Theology
An engineer takes a scientific approach to the study of human origins, and compares Scripture with the findings of current scientific discoveries and DNA research. Myron Heavin examines differing views on creation and human origins, and what the Bible has to say in Genesis 2-5. From how to read and interpret the Bible, to when Adam and Eve lived, to hominids and Neantherthals, Heavin examines the validity of various creationist viewpoints, always with the supremacy of Scripture in mind. An individual or group Bible study that uses nature and Scripture to answer questions on our origins.
Book Excerpt:
 
Introduction (pages IX – XI)
There is a need for a sensible discussion of how
humans came to be, what recent fossil records reveal, what DNA reveals, what
science has learned, and what we can learn from a careful and reasoned study of
Scripture. We wish to interpret Scripture as literally as possible, since God
was the real author of Scripture. God also created the heavens and the earth,
and left clear footprints everywhere in nature clearly revealing to all humans
that He did this. There is much passionate discussion among friends, between
believers in the high schools, in the media, from the pulpit, from our
politicians, etc. about both nature and religion. Most teach us today that
science is king; the scientist is the wise one; advances in science and
technology will lead to a better life for all; and careers in science and
technology often pay well. Other people tell us religion is all-important; if
the nation becomes more Christian it will succeed; and a nation that turns its
back on God will surely sink into total failure. The result is a kind of
polarization where religion and science are mutually contradictory, and one is
the enemy of the other. Rejection of God leads to divisiveness.
 
It is suggested that God wrote both books, nature
and Scripture, and they do not conflict with each other, but rather they help
each other to a better understanding of both. It is observed that most people
reject  both Scripture and science
somewhat equally. They say they believe in science, but reject global warming,
they reject immunizations, they are not supportive of exploration of space
(NASA), they are against new developments in agriculture such as
genetically-modified food, are against chlorination of drinking water, and are
against even most economic theories. Likewise, most people believe in the Bible
and the Ten Commandments, and literally believe the world was created in six
twenty-four-hour days as they Bible says, but many say evolutionists like
Darwin are from the devil. Our youth read the creation story in Genesis and the
literal six days of creation and this turns them off religion entirely. 
 
This book
takes both Scripture and nature seriously, because God wrote both books. The
heart of the problem is people reject God, and this leads to rejecting equally
both science and Scripture. We believers see only through a foggy mirror. It is
important to be humble about what we do and what we do not know. We read and
think we understand Scripture, but scripture is “living”—it speaks to us anew
each time we read it. Our understandings today are often different from our
understandings when we were young. Likewise, nature is “living” and our
understandings are different from when we were younger. As we age, our opinions
tend to harden, and we tend to become more conservative. We are always
changing, always seeking, always hungry for new dialogue, but it always becomes
more difficult to change. Our society, likewise, is becoming more polarized. We
tend to read and see things that we already believed. When we hear something
different, we somehow process it to reinforce what we believed before we heard
it. Some of the greatest theologians and preachers did not do well in science
and mathematics. Likewise some of the greatest scientists and engineers lack
“people skills.” Perhaps this is because each believer is unique with his or
her spiritual gifts and natural abilities. The scientist has trouble
communicating with the theologian, and the theologian has trouble communicating
with the scientist. This is further compounded by congregations that “hang” on
every word their beloved preacher says; likewise, classroom students that
“hang” on every word the science or engineering professor says. This tends to
build up egos. Suddenly, the preacher knows more about science than the
scientist; suddenly the scientist knows more about religion than the pastor.
This tends to polarize society as people have trouble listening to each other. 
 
This book will avoid the creation issues (wars) in Genesis 1, but instead
concentrate on understanding human origins in Genesis 2-5. Let’s tackle only
one issue at a time, and try to understand it well. The main subject of all of
Scripture is God. The main subject of Genesis 1 is God—see how God created the
world! The main subject matter of Genesis 1 is not the creation, and how God
created the fantastic creation. See how God is the intelligent creator; not
“see how creation was intelligently created by God.” This temporary cosmos will
someday be destroyed by fire, but God and those reborn will live in eternity
with new bodies. Lastly, it is difficult to write anything about science and
religion without later developments proving us wrong. We observe that
bipedalism seemed to suddenly and miraculously appear as hominids seemed to
evolve from chimpanzees, and we used this as somewhat of a proof God intervened
to suddenly create a new species. When a later development finds an
intermediate form, we are embarrassed. This has happened over and over each
time a theologian gets too carried away by scientific specifics.
 
 
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Human Origins And The Bible is available at AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreadsRedemption Press
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About the Author

 
Myron G. Heavin graduated from Purdue University with a BS in aeronautical engineering, and has a BA in biblical and theological studies from Talbot Theological Seminary, and is currently enrolled in Christian Apologetics MA studies at Biola University. After fifty years as an engineer for the Boeing Company, Heavin retired and continues teaching and leading seven different Bible studies. Heavin and his wife Sharyl, who have been married over fifty years, have three grown children, and make their home in Lompoc, CA.
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