Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Biblical Portraits of Creation by Kaiser and Little

Biblical Portraits Of Creation
Biblical Portraits of Creation 

 Weaver Book Company
   This 176-page paperback book by Walter Kaiser and Dorington Little is an in-depth study of Creation. It requires more than a little attention as it plunges beneath the surface and attempts to bring God all glory for His marvelous creation. I found this book rather difficult to get through, although I am quite the reader and usually have the ability to speed read! I would recommend the reader of Biblical Portraits of Creation take his time with each chapter, so as to be better able to digest every truth presented. It also seemed more geared towards men. Of course this is personal opinion, and every reader may differ. The book's goal is to parallel creation and redemption; therefore the authors use text from Genesis, Psalms, Job, Isaiah, Proverbs as well as the New Testament. The reader can tell the author invested much time and thought in this work.

   I would like to bring to attention a fact that I was not aware of until mid-way into the book. This book is endorsed by Hugh Ross, who does uphold the ''old age'' creationist viewpoint. In 2006, he and unfortunately author Walter Kaiser had a debate with Ken Ham and Dr. Jason Lisle. Although Kaiser's position is not overwhelmingly pushed forth in Biblical Portraits of Creation, and although I know the authors of this book were trying to glorify our Creator despite their distorted take on creation, I cannot recommend this book, neither do I feel the need to own it or re-read it. Answers in Genesis offers a wealth of material on the subject of Creation which I know I can trust as Biblically-sound.
Therefore, I state that despite the fact that this book has some good points, I cannot endorse it or the authors.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion of it.
Authors' bios: 
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is president emeritus and Colman Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles more than 30 books, including Recovering the Unity of the Bible  (Zondervan), Toward an Exegetical Theology  (Baker), and Hard Sayings of the Old Testament  (IVP). http://www.walterckaiserjr.com
Dorington G. Little is the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA. Prior to moving to Boston in 1997, he pastored in Boone, Iowa. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

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