Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review of The Lie: Evolution (revised and expanded) by by Ken Ham

Title: The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years (revised and expanded)
Author:  Ken Ham
Publisher: Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing)
Format:  Softcover
ISBN:  978-0-89051-686-7
Price: $13.99

The Lie was originally published in 1987, and 25 years later, Ken Ham has revised and expanded the original text, with new information and modern examples. Ken Ham, is a respected Creation Scientist, who works with Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum.  I've enjoyed his research and articles showing how scientific discoveries support the Biblical account ever since I first discovered his writing when I was in college.

Ken Ham wrote The Lie to help Christians understand the Creation/Evolution issue.  With evolution being the only option taught in most schools, Christian students are finding it difficult to reconcile their education with their faith.  The majority of those students dismiss the Biblical account of creation as false, thereby undermining the very first book of the Bible, and its subsequent authority in their lives.  Is it any wonder that by the time they graduate from college, most have walked away from their faith and Christian upbringing completely? 

The Lie takes a very comprehensive look at the Creation vs. Evolution discussion, argument-by-argument. Ken Ham points out the fallacies in the evolution arguments and helps validate the Biblical account of creation with both logic and science.  This is not an easy book to read. While his explanations are expressed well and are not difficult to understand, it is still a heavy topic.  It is written at an adult level -- for upper-level high school students, college students, and adults.  This isn't something you can just hand to a junior high student or most high school students.  Even if you have older students reading it, expect to be available for many in-depth conversations as they process the information.  As a busy Mom, I've found it difficult to find time to read this book with the concentration it requires.  It's been a slow process of reading it in bits of pieces in quiet moments.  Of course, being 33 weeks pregnant doesn't help me focus on the book.

With all that said, I do believe this is a very important book for every Christian to read.  With all the cultural attacks on the Bible and its teachings, Christians should carefully consider this particular issue and its effects on their view of the Bible's reliability and authority. 

If you're wondering "What's the big deal? Why does this even matter?" you can view this book trailer by Ken Ham:

Links to other reviews of 25th Anniversary edition of The Lie can be found at  this link.

This book was provided free, by New Leaf Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received.

April E.

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