Title: After Eden: Understanding Creation, the Curse and the Cross
Author: Henry Morris III
Major Themes: Creation, Evolution
Synopsis: We can only properly understand Creation, the Curse, and the Cross if we don’t trust in evolution.
I find myself reading a lot of Christian fiction. It’s easy to read, both in not requiring much brain space, and because I have so much on my Kindle and that’s easy to read from and carry around. I have challenged myself this year, though, to read more print books, and to read nonfiction part of the time. A little while ago, I was perusing our shelves of adult nonfiction books, and saw After Eden. It’s been on the shelf for several years, and I still hadn’t read it, so I decided to make that my next read.
I was expecting something about the history of the world after the Fall. Well, I should have read the subtitle: Understanding Creation, the Curse and the Cross. It wasn’t what I expected—but it was very good, and very readable, all the same. Henry Morris III has written a very thoughtful book about evolution versus creation, and how the way we view origins and the beginning chapters of the Bible will affect our view of God and how we understand life and the world around us.
Which is true: Evolution or special creation as described in Genesis? How can we know which is true? What does it matter? The author discusses in great detail why we need to know what we believe, and why it is so important to believe what God says in His word. He tells stories about people who were turned away from a seemingly vibrant faith in God and became atheists because they believed in evolution. Evolution is based on millions of years of death and violence—it cannot be the way God chose to create life, because it cannot be called “good,” and God called all He had created good.
All through the book, this author seeks to show the absolute necessity of believing in God and His word. He shows, over and over, that evolutionary thinking is diametrically opposed to the Bible. If you want to have your faith bolstered in the veracity of God’s word, After Eden is a good one to pick up.
One thing I especially noticed was the plentiful footnotes. I appreciate seeing that in a book like this, because it shows me that the author has done his research thoroughly.