This is a guest review by Pasquale Leone.
As soon as I began reading the introduction of this book, I felt the passion of the author; I thought, surely this man has something to say, and not only that, very adamantly. The title, ‘Interpreting Eden’ immediately intrigued me because Genesis is one of the most contested books in the whole Bible. Judging by the title alone, I was expecting a journey combining science with Scripture; however, as I began reading I saw the author building a much deeper and pressing case. Starting the first chapters, I felt I was about to set out on a voyage, while being thoroughly equipped with many different topics, precisely broken down. The author shows how profound the first chapters of Genesis are regarding God’s nature, human nature, sin nature, etc. He breaks everything down in a very systematic way, helping the reader to look at Scripture in a new way, through analytical arguments, charts and graphs. This new way does not neglect or override anything I previously learned, but rather adds a facet to Scripture I initially didn’t see.
The author not only covers his arguments and thoroughly explains them, but successfully explains counter arguments, poking holes in them, showing their fallibility. He breaks down so many ideas quickly and concisely, backing his arguments with Scriptures. The issues he confronts in Genesis quickly show to be far-reaching, extending throughout all of Scripture, history and our reality.
Science cannot be without God — this is something the author makes very clear. Serious questions are raised, calling all Christians to deeply examine their own theology and beliefs. Some modern day professing Christians believe Genesis isn’t literal, nor do they believe that Adam was truly the first man – thus making Jesus a liar, as well as Paul. The author confronts the double-mindedness of people who profess to believe in the Word of God, but also believe science has proven Genesis wrong (which is a wrong assumption). The author does a great job at confronting the idolatry of exalting science above the Word of God, and how man-centered science actually is.
As I got further into the book, I did feel many of his points were exhausted. This book is not for the casual reader, but someone who likes to take their time. It is written concisely, thoroughly, but painstakingly, becoming repetitive and circular, often straying far from its original purpose. As the author moves onto the next topic, he summarizes everything he already covered in a way that is extremely redundant. While this seems tedious and unnecessary to me, I do appreciate his thoroughness and passion. I would recommend this book for someone who really enjoys tedious, sometimes draining analysis. The author states, and with it I do agree, that man’s understanding will always be finite, finite of the One who is infinite, namely – God.
About the reviewer. Pasquale Leone is a follower of Christ Jesus. He yearns to be used by God, humbled at any chance to receive that privilege. He is also passionate about nature, hiking, gardening and animals. You can find him on Instagram and Youtube, both under “seetheSeeker”. God bless!
A copy of this book was exchanged through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.