by Greg West
Although we’ve never met in person, I consider Dr. Edgar Andrews a good friend of mine. Not only a friend to me personally, but also a friend to TPE as he has been a great source of personal encouragement and also a financial supporter. If you haven’t read his last book, Who Made God ?: Searching for a theory of everything, I encourage you to pick up a copy.
Dr. Andrews’ credentials as a scientist and theologian are many—he is one of those individuals who has more letters after his name than there are in the alphabet (ok, yes, that’s a bit of hyperbole there), but he is also a truly humble man. At 85 years old he remains as sharp and well-spoken today as he was back when I first knew him— back when he was, well… 80. He’s even publicly debated Richard Dawkins!
My favorite thing about Dr. Andrews is not is great intelligence, but the fact that he loves Jesus and wants others to know and love him as well. That’s why it was both an honor and a privilege to be asked by Dr. Andrews to write an endorsement for his latest book, WHAT IS MAN?: Adam, Alien or Ape?. To be released on July 3rd, this companion/sequel to the book previously mentioned is being offered on Kindle at the special price of only $3.99 (The hardcover lists at $32.99). Please check out the book description below and order your copy at this incredible price, and show your support for TPE and Dr. Andrews at the same time.
Book description from Amazon: In 1906, American humorist Mark Twain published a sixty-page essay entitled “What is man?” Consisting of an interminable dialogue between a senior citizen (who believes that man is just a machine) and a young man (who believes nothing in particular but is open to persuasion), it wasn’t one of his finest books. But at least he tried. Authors since then seem to have avoided the subject like the plague, often tackling the respective roles of men and women in society but seldom asking deeper questions about what it means to be human. When the psalmist asked, “What is man?” (Psalm 8 v.4) he was, I think, seeking an altogether more profound answer.
Avoidance of the subject is all the more strange because there has never been a time like our own when curiosity about human origins and destiny has been greater, or the answers on offer more hotly disputed. It’s a safe bet that any attempt to give the “big picture” on the origin, nature and specialness of mankind will be contentious —which might explain why writers have generally fought shy of it. Yet at heart it is the question most of us really do want answered, because the answer defines that precious thing we call our identity, both personally and as a race.
The Psalmist did, of course, offer his own answer three millennia ago. Man, he claimed, was created by God for a clearly defined purpose — to exercise dominion over planet earth and (by implication) to ultimately share something of the glory of the divine nature. The rest, as they say, is history, but it’s not a happy tale. As Mark Twain says in another essay; “I can’t help being disappointed with Adam and Eve”. Not surprisingly, then, a large proportion of humanity today are looking for alternative solutions, accepting the challenge of the Psalmist’s question without embracing the optimism of his answer.
In this book we are going to consider the alternative solutions on offer by considering what it means to be human against the backgrounds of cosmology (man’s place in the universe), biology (man’s place in the animal kingdom), and psychology (man’s consciousness and mind). Finally, we return to the biblical context, arguing that the Psalmist got it right after all.
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