Re: Schaefer's Book.

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Wed Aug 11 2004 - 21:47:18 EDT

MessageI generally check with the book review editor 1st before writing a review to see, inter alia, if anyone's already doing one of that book.

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  From: Glenn Morton
  To: 'Michael Roberts' ; 'ASA Listserver'
  Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 9:08 PM
  Subject: RE: Schaefer's Book.

  I got a note from a person at ASA. He said that the review would be published. I much appreciate his efforts and realize that normally they don't want 2 reviews of the same book. I wouldn't want this experience to discourage others who might think of doing book reviews. I have found it a great way to keep up and get books at the same time.
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    From: Michael Roberts []
    Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 2:43 PM
    To: Glenn Morton; 'ASA Listserver'
    Subject: Re: Schaefer's Book.

    Sorry to be slow but I have been away , as Schaefer's book will be widely read, it gives me some concerns.
       Science and Chirstianty: Conflict or Coherence? by Henry F. Schaefer, Watkinsville, Georgia: The Apollos Trust, 2003. 179 pages plus appendix and index. ISBN 0-9742975-0-X.
         and in some sense whether William Perkins was a Christian or not seems not to matter much to the issues we face today reconciling our faith with observation

      Which William Perkin? Father or son? Both were leading organic chemists and the son who died in 1929 must have had my father as one of his last students and my father soon opted for organic chemistry and then to biochemsistry.

               Schaefer's idea of what is in the geological record and its order is vastly different. When outlining his conformance between the Scripture and earth history he has land plants arise before marine life. This is of course backwards. He also claims that Day 4 was a clearing of the atmosphere, an event for which there is absolutely no evidence. And flying creatures do not arise before land animals, contra this book

      This is serious. Does Schaefer have any respect for geological time or has he simply not studied Geology 101? Many books by types like Schaefer and ID types simply sidestep geology and ignore the age of the earth. That of course placates YECS and unthinking evangelicals (a tautology at times!) and perpetuates misunderstanding

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