|About the Book|
Dr. Hugh Ross is an astronomer and an astro-physicist. He is also a creationist. More precisely, he is an old earth creationist believing that the universe is many billions year old, as opposed to new earth creationists who state it is no more than 10,000 years old, and he is opposed to evolution. What makes Dr. Ross interesting is that he has no love for intelligent design theorists, not because he believes they are wrong but because they do not present any form of scientific ideas except their opposition to naturalism.More Than a Theory is his attempt to present a testable scientific theory for creationism and he should be given credit for trying. Its a tall order. I came into this book believing he would not be successful and I do not think he is successful. Yet I did find the book fascinating. He is obviously a very brilliant man and he spend much of the time discussing Big Bang and issues of astronomy and cosmology is a way a layman like me would understand. He believes that the current theory of the beginning of the universe (Big Bang, etc.) is compatible with the Book of Genesis and it is fun to see how he makes his case. But when he get to the Adam and Eve story he goes literal. Dr. Ross is clearly a fine astro-physicist but is quite weak is the biology department and any area dealing with evolution. Eventually with all his fascinating information he still comes to the same point as any other creationist or ID proponent: It looks designed therefore God must have done it. Any truly testable theory of origin must go beyond this mistake of logic. Statements like natural disasters exist because eliminating the suffering would thwart several of his purposes for creating the universe and God endowed each soulish species with specific capacities to serve or please humans reveal that justification of religious belief is the prime decider here and not scientific research.So this was a well written and entertaining work of apologetics, hence the three stars, but ultimately it will not convince anyone that creationism will ever have a chance at the big leagues of scientific research.