Sir Karl R. Popper, in his book Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (Routledge, 1963, p215), says, “I assert that continued growth is essential to the rational and empirical character of scientific knowledge; that if science ceases to grow it must lose that character. It is the way of its growth which makes science rational and empirical…” Karl Popper also maintains that the development of a theory is a creative process and that an idea for such a development has no predetermined starting point. The idea for this book, Let the Earth Speak, came to its editor while he was jet lagged and driving in the back of a car in Colorado; hardly a good frame of mind to be conducive to creativity! During that trip, the chapters of the book and its contributors were determined. The book is not primarily about science. Rather, it is an interaction between God’s two books – the Bible (His words) and the world (His works).
All the contributors work extensively with young people around the world. The reader should, therefore, find the ten chapters and information about the book cover refreshingly presented. The referencing style of each contributor is retained. Careful reading will also detect new information, within the field of this synthesis – science and the Bible. That being so, Let the Earth Speak contributes to the growth in the rational knowledge of the creation/evolution discussion – a situation Sir Karl Popper would welcome.
Let the Earth Speak presents the information assertively, to synchronise with the mind set of teenage young people, who want to know and speak about origins, creation, God and the Bible, in a positive way and without the need to be defensive, when they discuss these topics with evolutionists. The book, therefore, should have a wide appeal to Christians and non Christians alike.
I have found the book to be a good read. It is very informative and the information is presented in a clear and comprehensive way. The book provides pretty convincing comments in favour of the Biblical account of the world’s creation. Sean Morgan (Birmingham)
I thought, even after the first chapter, that it was nice to find a book targeted at my age group, that does not assume that I am thick and know nothing. Everything is explained clearly and understandably, without being patronising. Not being scientifically minded, I was nearly put off, but I’m glad that I wasn’t. I will certainly be adding it to my collection of books when it is published. I particularly found the chapter on the geologic column interesting and how the flood can explain it. I also liked the parts where Bible texts were used to show that scientific discoveries are in keeping with the Bible even if the explanations of the discoveries differ. (e.g. When it talks about the earth’s crust being younger than the other layers.) After reading this book, I wonder how people can believe in evolution and the big bang and not creation and the flood. My brother, who is 15 years old, has started reading the book too. He is more scientifically minded than me and he agrees that it is well explained, without being patronising. Louise Lethbridge (Wales)
The book is lucid, readable and quite brilliant. My mining engineering friend is quite happy with the chapter on coal. I like it. PP (Wales)
I was able to follow this, even though I’ve only got physics-with-chemistry for school cert. And that was in 1947!! So I think a 17yr old ought to be able to follow it and an intelligent layperson, too! I found it interesting. M Dorland