Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home By: Hugh Ross
(HIGHER IS BETTER)
Time Well Spent
Must Share With Others
Will Read Again
(LOWER IS BETTER FOR LAY PEOPLE)
Newspaper / Magazine
Highly Technical / Academic Text
Table of Contents
Why Ask "Why"?
The Way the World Is
Essential Construction Materials
The Right Neighborhood
Not Quite Ready
Ready for the Foundation
Construction Begins below Ground
Up to Ground Level
Heating and Ventilation
The Structure Rises
Ready for Occupancy
Why We're Here
In this book Dr. Ross sets out to do nothing short of a full frontal assault on Young Earth Creationism and Darwinian Evolution. He does this by proposing a scientifically testable theory that him and his colleagues at Reasons to Believe ministry have put together. Not only is it audacious but it is done with Dr. Ross's typical gentle and respectful style.
This book takes an Old Earth view of creation but Dr. Ross speculates that each day in the Genesis account of creation was actually a separate creation event followed by its associated age. By showing the complex relationship of stellar evolution, solar system development, geological activity, and biological interaction he lays out how God put built the earth to not only be a home to humanity but to create a place where we could flourish for a period of time while we learn about Him and spread the gospel.
Some of the items in the book are typical items that come up in any teleological argument for Earth's design. That said, there are many arguments I had never heard of before. Such as the sequence of life's complexity changing throughout the fossil record in very specific ways, the distribution of minerals and materials in the Earth's crust and how they got there, how the changing brightness of the Sun impacted the atmosphere and biology of the planet, and how the shifting of tectonic plates makes life possible.
This book is fascinating and at 230 pages is a reasonably quick read. For those who want to dig deeper there is a large notes section at the back of the book that references a huge amount of additional material. While there are time technical parts of the book nothing is overwhelming and there are lots of pictures and figures to assist with comprehension.
I highly recommend this for the Young Earth Creationist who is looking to have a clearer understanding (of one type) of Old Earth creationism. Also, I would recommend it for the Atheist/Agnostic/Materialist who may be interested in exploring the idea of a Creator God but from a very scientific perspective.