Rediscovering Genesis: New Beginnings for a Modern World
Rediscovering Genesis is an attempt to create a bridge between the Creation story of Genesis and the scientific theory of Evolution and scientific theory. Ostroot is self-admittedly neither a theologian nor a scientist and uses his outsider’s perspective as a neutral position to judge the strengths and weaknesses of both realms. His arguments and insights, while both interesting and original, end up lacking the authority of either realm. The book is written from the perspective of a Christian, which removes the potential neutrality of his conclusions, but could be useful to other Christians trying to reconcile the differences in the creation of the world and man as described in Genesis to that developed by science over the last several hundred years.
Ostroot’s potential bridging ideas will probably also be controversial to conservative Christians, particularly those of the Young Earth and the literal interpretation of the Bible beliefs. His theory that Adam was raised by God to be the first “man” from proto-humans, indistinguishable from Adam other than Adam’s purity and conscience, allows Ostroot to fit it into biblical theory and into the anthropological evidence of modern man being around for 35,000 years, yet won’t be acceptable to those that only believe in the literal “creation in seven days.” Ostroot has put together a great deal of research and documentation as he explores potential ways to fit Christian theology into scientific theory and study, so Rediscovering Genesis may be of help to those Christians interested in reconciling the differences between the two. But, at the same time, many of his theories and conclusions are created to answer questions that aren’t can’t be answered either through the Bible or through the scientific method, leaving them just speculation, and not answers.