IS THERE A GOD?
QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE
John M. Oakes, Ph.D.
© 1999 by John M. Oakes. All rights are reserved. No part of this book may be duplicated, copied, translated, reproduced or stored mechanically or electronically without specific, written permission of the author and publisher.
Published by Great Commission Illustrated, Long Beach, CA. First Printing, March, 1999. ISBN 0-9653469-9-4
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture references are from the Holy Bible, New International Version, copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Scripture references marked NAS are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright The Lockman Foundation 1977. Used by permission.
To Jan, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Kathryn
I would like to express my thanks, first of all to my wife, who never complained and always covered for me when I would slip out late at night or early in the morning to work on the book.
In addition, I would like to thank some people who have encouraged me in this project. These would include my good friends Gregg Marutzky and Gary Bishop who encouraged me a long time ago to use my training as a scientist to teach about evidences related to the Bible. In addition, Keith Tabor finally talked me into starting to write.
Thanks for help in the writing of this book goes to Douglas Jacoby who gave great encouragement and much needed criticism, as well as serving as a model of a Christian writer. Above all, I would like to thank my editor and publisher Rex Geissler whose dedication and skepticism have much to do with the final form of this book.
"....the glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvelously discerned in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven." Galileo Galilei
The need for biblical evidences is greater in our generation than ever before. Secularism and humanism are rampant, the media and the educational system bombard us with half-truths and untruths about the meaning of life, and multitudes are confused about the fundamentals of human existence. So profound is the confusion today that many ask not, "What are the answers?", but rather "What are the questions?" We in western society are in a bad way indeed! The need for fresh booksówell thought out, well written, and well adapted to our generationóis phenomenal. I believe that, with this volume, you have acquired such a book.
For me it was fascinating to watch Is There a God? take shape, realizing what invaluable evidence John Oakes had brought to light. Christians the world over will appreciate its careful blend of science and Bible. My heart thrills at every piece of information, every perspective or new angle of entry to apologetic questions. During high school and university years my faith was strengthened enormously through reading apologetic works, and it was through our mutual interest in apologetics that John and I first came into contact. Over the years I have built up a small library around the subject of evidences. I personally am proud to add this latest work, Is There a God: Questions about Science and the Bible, to my collection.
Surely every disciple will want to follow the flow of John Oakes' reasoning and master the arguments, in order better to be equipped to convince others about God's reality and the truth of his Word.
It is rare to find a man of high caliber and academic integrity serving the Lord both as university professor and disciple of Christ. Thanks to that precious combination a superb new book has been authored, and to you I gladly commend both it and its author. For I have every confidence that in this book you will find something to strengthen your faith in God's existence, wisdom, and power.