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IS THERE

A GOD?


IS THERE

A GOD?


QUESTIONS ABOUT

SCIENCE

AND THE BIBLE


IS THERE A GOD?


QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE


John M. Oakes, Ph.D.


Illumination Publishers International


IS THERE A GOD?


Questions About Science

and the Bible


Copyright © 2006 by John M. Oakes, Ph.D.


All rights are reserved. No part of this book may be duplicated, copied, translated, reproduced or stored mechanically, digitally, or electronically without specific, written permission of the author and publisher.


Printed in the United States of America


First Edition, GCI Books, September, 1999

Second Edition, Illumination Publishers, Intl., 2006


ISBN 0-9653469-9-4

New ISBN: 0-9776954-2-5


Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture references are from the Holy Bible, New International Version, © 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Scripture references marked NAS are from the New American Standard Bible, © The Lockman Foundation, 1977. Used by permission.


To

Jan,

Benjamin,

Elizabeth, and

Kathryn


Acknowledgments


I would like to express my thanks first of all to my wife, Jan, who never complained and always covered for me when I slipped out late at night or early in the morning to work on this book.


Keith Tabor was the one who talked me into taking on the writing of this book and I am grateful that he did. In addition, I would like to thank those who have encouraged me in this project. These include my good friends Gregg Marutzky and Gary Bishop, who urged me when I was a young Christian to use my training as a scientist to study and teach evidences related to the Bible.


Thanks also to Douglas Jacoby, who gave great encouragement and much needed criticism, and serves for me as a model of a Christian writer. Above all, I would like to thank the editor and publisher of the first edition of the book, Rex Geissler, whose dedication to the project and willingness to challenge my thinking had a great effect on its final form. Toney Mulhollen at Illumination Publishers International showed great patience and commitment to bring about the second edition. Thanks, Toney.


...the glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvelously discerned in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven.

Galileo Galilei

^ A Letter to the Duchess Christina, 1614


Contents




Introduction 11

1 21

How Should I Think? 21

How Old is the Earth? 39

3 60

Did the Universe Just Happen? 60

4 81

Did Life Just Happen? 81

5 104

Could This All Be Just a Coincidence? 104

What About Genesis? 127

7 155

Rattlesnake Fat, Anyone? 155

8 175

Fact or Fable? 175

9 185

Where Did I Come From? 185

10 217

Will It Be Fire Next Time? 217

Appendix 228

A Closer Look at the Laws of Thermodynamics 228




Foreword


The need for biblical evidences is greater in our generation than ever before. Secularism and humanism are rampant, the media and the educational system bombard us with half-truths and untruths about the meaning of life, and multitudes are confused about the fundamentals of human existence. So profound is the confusion today that many ask not, "What are the answers?", but rather "What are the questions?" We in western society are in a bad way indeed! The need for scientifically current apologetics books—well thought out, well written, and well adapted to our generation—is great. I believe that, with this volume, you have acquired such a book.

For me it was fascinating to watch Is There a God? take shape, realizing what invaluable evidence John Oakes was bringing to light. Christians the world over will appreciate its careful treatment of science and Bible. My heart thrills at every piece of information, every perspective or new angle of entry into apologetic questions. During high school and university years my own faith was strengthened enormously through reading apologetic works, and it was through our mutual interest in apologetics that John and I first came into contact. Over the years I have built up a small library around the subject of evidences. I was proud to add John’s book, Is There a God? Questions About Science and the Bible, to my collection.

Surely every reader will want to follow the flow of John Oakes' reasoning and master the arguments, in order to be better equipped to convince others about God's reality and the truth of his Word.

It is rare to find a man of high caliber and academic integrity serving the Lord both as collegeuniversity professor and disciple of Christ. Thanks to that precious combination, a superb new book has been authored, and to you I gladly commend both it and its author. I have every confidence that in this book you will find something to strengthen your faith in God's existence, wisdom, and power.


Douglas Jacoby,

Marietta, Georgia





Whence is it that nature does nothing in vain; and whence arises all that order and beauty which we see in the world?


Isaac Newton

Opticks, 1730




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