1. What inspired you to write your book? I took an MA level course from Biola and was highly disappointed that the textbooks used for the course were based on science (good), but none had a significant emphasis on or appreciation of scripture (bad). At the time I was leading anime Bible study in both 1 Corinthians, then 2 Corinthians, and I discovered the New Testament had much to say about human origins. But when I read the many outstanding commentaries on Romans and Corinthians, none of the commentators seemed to be aware of recent discoveries of ancient fossils or the fantastic progress in DNA. There is a great need to emphasize the importance of understanding scripture in light of what was going on in science. For our creator God is revealed in His universe as well as His Scripture He wrote.
2. What is it about? A. The serious student of the Bible learns that Adam and Eve lived just as the Bible says in a time when their 8th generation grandkids were the father of metalworking, the father of musical instruments, and the father of keeping animals. Their son Cain was founding a city. This means they lived from about 4000 bc to 7000 bc.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? The reader can realize it makes perfect to treat both scripture and His creation with the greatest respect, as God does not lie. Younger readers can have renewed confidence the Bible is true as written while also having a renewed respect for His creation and those who explore it.
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? Although I prefer paper books, the world seems to be moving towards electronic screens.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? Engineers that obtain theological degrees and try to combine both fields find opposition from theologians and local pastors that do not have a scientific orientation. As an example, Douglas Moo wrote such an unbelievably great commentary on Romans. But a person with a scientific background can provide new insights into passages such as Romans 5:12-19 where Paul wrote, "so death spread to all men" in light of Adam living perhaps 5000 bc while DNA says the first woman existed 135,000 years ago. Scientific viewpoints can help interpret scripture.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? We need better Bible studies, studies which include a respect for both literal biblical interpretations, and respect for His creation in a scientific modern world. God wrote both books, the Bible and His Creation, and we need to respect both. For the world has lost respect for both books. We also need a book that can reach our youth in a way that can allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives. We also need a book with questions at the end of each chapter for individual or small group study.
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