Gaining The High Ground Over Evolutionism

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
211 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Gaining The High Ground Over Evolutionism is a work of non-fiction in the religion, philosophy, and theological thinking subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Robert J. O'Keefe. Bridging the gap between the origin tales of the Bible and the scientific modern world is no mean feat, but in this intense volume, O'Keefe delves into the contentious debate surrounding the origins of the universe, Earth, and life itself. O'Keefe navigates this complex academic terrain by analyzing not just the scientific aspects but also the ideological nature of the topic. The book provides a comprehensive examination of the scientific revolution, interpretations of Genesis, and the historical development of geology, biology, and astronomy.

What makes this book particularly intriguing is its exploration of the intersection of science, philosophy, and religion. Author Robert J. O'Keefe emphasizes the importance of considering the idea of a creator with the seriousness of the devout, going beyond the traditional boundaries of science and philosophy. He presents a compelling argument against naturalism and highlights the partnership of reason and faith that will certainly engage religious readers tremendously well. O'Keefe's approach is both scholarly and accessible, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in the origins debate and the relationship between science and religion. In a world where discussions about evolution and creationism often devolve into polarized debates, Gaining The High Ground Over Evolutionism offers a balanced and intellectually stimulating perspective that encourages readers to think critically and engage with these profound questions. It's a book that encourages dialogue and reflection, regardless of one's stance on the subject matter, and I would certainly recommend it as a well-penned thinking piece for one and all.

Constance Stadler

Gaining the High Ground Over Evolutionism examines the long-standing debate between biblical creation and scientific evolution. In light of the overwhelming predominance of belief in the latter, Robert J. O’Keefe has written a comprehensive and multi-tiered analysis detailing how scientific explanations of phenomena are inherently flawed. The contention that this mode of inquiry is theoretically limited and driven by methods that dismiss conceptual foundations is a core theme. The work of Isaac Newton is illustrative. Although he ‘drove the spike’, which joined three branches of science, his explanation of gravity was founded, in part, on supernatural elements. In defending his position, the incorporation of objective thought and philosophy details the validity of biblical explication regarding topics discussed in previous chapters.

After extensive analysis of why geology, biology, astronomy, and physics do not address fundamental issues, Robert J. O’Keefe shifts the direction of argumentation. Without dealing with primary questions, science cannot explain the origin of the mind and far more. There is insightful consideration of the transition from nothing into something, which becomes particularly apparent when assessing the implications of the Big Bang theory. The final chapters focus on developing the creationist position. The interdependence and distinctions between faith and reason are among the most significant areas of challenge. One of the most persuasive arguments is that the tenets of Christianity and Judaism are integrated sequentially in the Bible. Intended for a late secondary school readership, Gaining the High Ground Over Evolutionism will markedly broaden intellectual vistas and substantively promote independent critical thinking through brilliant explorations of queries that, in many ways, define the nature of humankind.

Doreen Chombu

Gaining The High Ground Over Evolutionism by Robert J. O'Keefe examines theories about the origins of the Earth, the universe, and all living things. Before science, there was natural philosophy, the study of the natural world. It was a philosophical subject, and it did not seem like a threat to natural theology, which aimed to learn about God from nature and existing knowledge about the creator. However, things changed, and natural theology was considered mere speculation and superstition. Natural philosophy evolved into natural and evolution science, which was deemed factual despite being based on assumptions. What caused this to happen? How did these changes affect human morals, reasoning, faith, values, and Bible beliefs?

I enjoyed reading Gaining The High Ground Over Evolutionism because it addresses a unique subject that is taboo in our modern society. Robert J. O'Keefe is a great writer who provides a road map on how to read this book with summaries at the end of every chapter that help the reader recap the contents. I love books that make me question popular views and give a background of their origins. Learning is vital to understanding our world, and reading this book was refreshing. I learned many things that made me see the theories of evolution, biology, geology, astrology, physics, and the universe in a different light. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves philosophy books that dive deeper into the origins of scientific governing theories about creation and our existence.

Luwi Nyakansaila

There are many theories about how and when the world and our universe were created. These include the geological version that involves assumptions from the study of rocks and organic remains, biological explanations based on natural selection, astrophysics, the Big Bang Theory, and many more. What do these beliefs state, where did they come from, and how have they changed over time? Robert J O'Keefe discusses these propositions in Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism and questions their accuracy in determining how old the earth is and how it was formed. He compares them to the biblical version from the book of Genesis and talks about the mystery of our existence.

Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism is an informative book that took me on an enlightening journey. Robert J O'Keefe presents a powerful argument against scientific theories and backs up his assertions with well-researched information. I loved reading this book because it is well-written and has a smooth flow. It does not contain technical terms that can confuse a reader. Instead, it feels like a casual conversation. The information was well-organized, and I liked the fact that the author encourages the reader to do further research to find out more about what he presented. The supernatural versus the natural origin of the earth is something I have never thought about until now. I am glad this book piqued my curiosity and gave me a new perspective on reviewing biblical accounts, scientific assumptions, and theories. As the author stated, this may not be accepted as an academic work, but I encourage students and anyone who loves learning about the purpose of our existence, the origin of the earth, and all living things to read this book today.

Paul Zietsman

Gaining the High Ground Over Evolutionism by Robert J. O'Keefe explores the scientific theory of evolution and the opposing creation account as told in the Book of Genesis. In discussing the history of scientific theories regarding the origin of life, he points the reader toward evaluating the shortcomings of science. For example, it is based on what is currently known and accepted and is always subject to change on the basis of new findings and therefore cannot be regarded as absolute truth. Another point to highlight is that even though science discards the creation account because it is based on faith, science itself is based on presumptions for its operation for which there is no proof, among them that an objective reality exists independent of the mind.
Gaining the High Ground Over Evolutionism was a revelation to me. Like many others, I hardly stop to question the knowledge that has existed for decades and even centuries. This is mainly due to science being presented as always being factual. Yet, in his book, Robert J. O'Keefe delves deeply into the history and evolution of science and shows the reader its shortcomings in the form of the prerequisites it relies on for its operation and the assumptions it is often based on. I found it to be a great avenue for learning, evaluation, and critical thinking. I would highly recommend it to the inquisitive mind, and especially to those who are interested in philosophy or those who engage in philosophical thought.