The controversy surrounding the origin of the universe, earth, and all living things is an ongoing debate in the public sphere. In Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism, author Robert J. O’Keefe presents analysis leading to the realization that to obtain knowledge of origin is also to discover the origin of knowledge.
Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism recognizes the ideological nature of the topic of origin. It steps out of the realm of science and begins to deal with the question by reviewing the scientific revolution and its implications in Western thought, studying the interpretation of Genesis 1, and describing relevant aspects of the history of geology, biology, and astronomy.
O’Keefe summarizes science as a means of gaining knowledge and discusses the scientific method as it is applied to natural history. He examines how the court system has dealt with the controversy; draws points from C. S. Lewis’s argument against naturalism; and then confronts the ideology behind evolutionary science, the philosophy of naturalism, presenting what he sees are the best arguments against it. Finally, he summons back the grounds for the authority of the Bible and discusses the partnership of reason and faith.
Expanding the scope of inquiry beyond the confines of science, O’Keefe shows that the idea of a creator needs to be attended with more seriousness than post-Enlightenment science and philosophy have ever thought necessary.
Pacific Book Review
In Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism, Robert J. O'Keefe presents an organized, well-documented and thoughtful case for Biblical creation. As he states in the book's opening chapter, the debate over the origin of Earth and humankind has been reduced to two opposing viewpoints: the evolutionary or natural thesis, and the supernatural thesis found in Genesis. However, in most communities, the so-called debate has long since been decided in favor of evolution. Politicians, educators at public institutions and even many religious people see a Bible based view of creation as scientifically ignorant. Creation as revealed in Genesis is pushed into religious studies or philosophy classes, if indeed, it is allowed to be taught at all. Without demeaning those with whom he disagrees or condescending to them, Mr. O'Keefe examines the gaps and discrepancies in the natural theory of evolution. In addition, he offers reasoned support for a Bible based explanation of creation.
Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism begins with a succinct history of the scientific revolution and the events leading up to it. Mr. O'Keefe, then lays out the