Brian LePort, adjunct at Western Seminary

"The nice thing about this book is Rau will tell you how these folk interpret the data without using vitriolic rhetoric that attempts to dismiss them outright. Likewise, for someone who finds his or her self on the more conservative end of the spectrum, you'll find Rau might give you more appreciation for those you once dismissed as merely godless. This is what appears to be the greatest strength of the book: it brings together proponents of differing worldviews who may never have come together for dialogue on their own."


It is clear from LePort's opening that he is no friend of evangelicals:

Immediately, one may be skeptical of this book's agenda because (1) the author Gerald Rau has been a professor at such evangelical institutions as Wheaton College and Trinity Christian College and (2) IVP Academic is an evangelical publisher.

Nevertheless, I managed to confound his expectations:

While I won't go as far as to say that Rau is unbiased I can say with a straight face that he does a very good job of aiming to be as fair as possible.
Even for those who are skeptical of an evangelical discussing modern science should come to appreciate the effort Rau makes to show that no one approaches the evidence free of bias. Although I know this has become an observation many Christians like to use to discredit those with whom they disagree, I don't see in Rau's book an effort to drastically undermine certain views.

The review was written on the Near Emmaus blog, which ceased publishing on June 20, 2014. The archives remain available online: