My name is Matt and I am a book addict. I read 100-150 books a year. I have no life. I am a sad, sad, sad man. BUT, my loss is your gain because I compile lists of the best books by subjects, so you can make your reading time count and not waste money. This weekend I am preaching on Genesis 1-2, teaching on creation at my church’s Free Seminary AND received a question about Genesis 1 for my weekly Ask Pastor Matt post. So, I took the hint from the Lord and compiled the Five Books You Should Read on Genesis 1, Creation and Evolution. Here we go:
The New Answers Book: Over 25 Questions on Creation / Evolution and the Bible by Ken Hamm (Masters Books 2007). Probably the best book on Young Earth Creationism from Ken Hamm, the head of Answers in Genesis and the man behind The Creation Museum.
The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns (Brazos 2012). On the other end of the spectrum is a former professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary who holds to theistic evolution. The book created quite a stir and while I didn’t find it persuasive, it is probably the best place for a thorough and fairly up-to-date attempt to harmonize Genesis and Darwinism.
The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton (IVP 2009). Walton is a professor of Bible at Wheaton College and is a fellow Old Earth Creationist. He sees Genesis 1 as poetry and makes a fairly compelling case but it isn’t an easy read.
Genesis Unbound by John Sailhamer (Dawson Media Edition 2011). The Gap Theory holds that there is a time-lapse between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 of billions of years. This is the most articulate defense of the position.
Three Views on Creation and Evolution by J.P. Moreland, John Mark Reynolds, et. al. (Zondervan 1999). A bit dated but still a helpful back and forth on Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism and Theistic Evolution. If you only have time for one book on the subject–this should be it.
I hope you take the time to read these carefully as it has been my experience that too many Christians hold an opinion with little critical reflection and tend to demonize contrary opinions. Wherever you land, please do so after careful and prayerful time in study. Happy reading and God bless!