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    DescriptionDid animals have predatory natures before the fall? Did God punish innocent animals with a curse because of human sin? Is it possible for theistic evolutio3983 n to be compatible with the Bible, even though animal death before the fall would contradict the teaching that death began after the first sin? In this eloquent and provocative "open letter" to evangelicals, Ronald Osborn wrestles with these pointed questions and with the problem of biblical literalism and animal suffering within an evolutionary understanding of the world. Considering the topic of animal suffering and predation as a theodicy dilemma, Osborn offers an open-minded exploration of the subject, specifically coming against the fundamentalist and literalist view of the book of Genesis and the creation account. He challenges one-dimensional reading of Scripture and shines a sobering light on the evangelical dogma responsible for advancing viewpoints long ago dismantled by science. Always acknowledging the traditionalist viewpoint, Osborn demonstrates with a wealth of exegetical and theological insight how orthodox Christianity can embrace evolutionary concepts without contradiction. Osborn forces us to ask hard questions, not only of the Bible and church tradition, but also and especially of ourselves.


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    Title
    Death Before the Fall
    Subtitle
    Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ronald E Osborn, Foreword by Dr John H Walton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 195
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780830840465
    ISBN 10: 083084046X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    Ingram Subject Code: TH
    Libri: I-TH
    DC21: 231.7652
    DC22: 231.7652
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 231.7/652
    BISAC V2.8: REL067000
    LC classification: BS480 .O845 2014
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG
    Publisher
    InterVarsity Press
    Imprint name
    Inter-Varsity Press,US
    Publication date
    07 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Illinois
    Review quote
    "A beautifully written book! Ron Osborn writes not with spite and ire but with wisdom and generosity of spirit. Where literalism once ruled as the only way to honor Scripture, here the deeper dimensions of God's compassion and Sabbath rest come to light. This is the first book I've read on the evolution-and-creation debate that brought tears to my eyes."--Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology, author of Transforming Christian Theology?