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It Couldn't Just Happen: Fascinating Facts About God's World [Paperback]

By Lawrence O. Richards (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 1994
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849935830  
EAN  9780849935831  

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Fascinating facts about God's world that gives us thousands of pieces of evidence to prove that He created and sustains the universe.

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More About Lawrence O. Richards

Larry Richards Larry Richards taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, for several years and authored textbooks in Christian education that are widely used. Now a full-time writer, he has written over one hundred books, including Expository Dictionary of Bible Word, The Teacher's Commentary and the Revell Essential Bible Dictionary. Richards has also written many devotional books for young people and adults, and authored the notes for the bestselling Adventure Bible.

SPANISH BIO: Lawrence O. Richards tiene una licenciatura en filosofia de la Universidad de Michigan, una maestria en teologia y educacion cristiana del Seminario Teologico de Dallas y un doctorado del Seminario Teologico Evangelico Garrett de la Universidad Northwestern. Es autor de unos 200 titulos en temas como la filosofia de la educacion cristiana, renovacion de la iglesia, el ministerio de ninos, ministerio de jovenes, liderazgo, grupos pequenos, y ensenanza biblica. Sus libros han sido traducidos en 24 idiomas. Richards reside en Hudson, Florida donde es participante activo en su iglesia, Hudson's First United Methodist Church.

Larry Richards was born in 1931.

Larry Richards has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Adventure Bible
  2. Everything in the Bible
  3. Smart Guide to the Bible
  4. What's in the Bible For...

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Propoganda for which your kids won't thank you  Jan 2, 2008
I was given this book when I was a kid: thus began my early indoctrination into Creationism and, eventually, my slow crawl out of it. It's full of shallow or incorrect arguments against Evolution, and does much to create a foundation of pseudo-science for your child. It teaches hostility against other beliefs rather than sound reasoning for oneself.

It's hard to figure out whom to trust in this world, and I can understand the fear of many Christian parents that anything teaching Evolution is going to be no less biased or dogmatic than a Creationist text.

I'd urge you, then, to try a curriculum based on an exploration of science's origins. Read Francis Bacon together, or Galileo himself. Even Darwin. There are good and approachable ways to tackle these great books together with your kids, jointly discussing what the scientific method is, what its limitations are, and what its merits are.

Discuss this and, by all means, discuss what you believe about the origin of the Universe. But if you do it this way, you'll be preparing your child to honestly and ably evaluate truth through his whole life, rather than teaching him a flimsy, antagonistic, and divisive platform of propaganda.
Excellent starter book on creation vs. evolution  Oct 12, 2006
Although this book is written on probably a junior high/high school level, as an adult who has never really tackled this subject, this is a great place to begin if you've wanted to explore the whole issue of creation vs. evolution.

This book takes you through the evidence found in astrology, biology, geology and paleontology to show that the Theory of Evolution is just that - a theory. The author discusses the origin of the universe, earth's uniqueness in our solar system, dinosaurs, the Great Flood, the fossil record and much more. This is not a contentious book by any means. Lawrence Richards simply takes you through the evidence piece by piece to show that "it couldn't just happen." Though he obviously believes in creation, he approaches each piece of evidence in an objective manner and lets you come to the natural conclusion based on the evidence at hand.

I did not give this book 5 stars as the repetition at the end of each chapter gets a little old after a while, but that would be a good thing for students reading it. Also, he doesn't give any footnotes to support his argument. I find his arguments to be logical and convincing, but I would be more convinced with footnotes showing me where he came up with his facts.

Still, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore the real facts of creation vs. evolution. Parents should read this so that they know how to combat the theories that their kids are being taught as fact in public schools. I'm really not sure how anyone could read this book from cover to cover and still believe in evolution. It certainly would require a lot of faith.
It Couldn't Just Happen  Jul 24, 2006
Other reviewers have commented enough on the content of the book. I reccomend it to parents, encourage them to sift through it, do further study, and to teach their children the errors of The Theory of Evelution, using this book as a tool. To Evelotionists, all I have to say is this: When scientists discovered that the Universe is expandinding (early 1900's), this proved that the Universe was not eternal, but had a beginning. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that things go from order to disorder - NOT from chaos to order, as The Thoery of Evelution requires.
Your children believe everything you say when they're little...  Feb 25, 2006
In order for a book to be trustworthy, it has to be based on solid facts. However, this book starts off with blatant errors in even the most basic science and then goes downhill from there. At some point, your children will become educated enough to see those errors. And then what will happen? Will they start to question the conclusion that God and His Son do indeed exist? Find a better book. :)

Some errors in this book:

Page 8 - There are exactly 1029 visible stars.
answer - With good eyesight, as many as 6000 stars are visible.

Page 8 - Galileo's 1609 work was done "about 300 years ago."
answer - This book was copyrighted nearly 400 years after 1609.

Page 8 - Galileo invented the telescope in 1609.
answer - Hans Lippershey invented the telescope in 1608.

Page 8 - Galileo saw exactly 3,310 stars.
answer - Galileo saw many more than 6,000 stars.

Page 9 - Alpha Centauri is the nearest star.
answer - Proxima Centauri is the nearest star.

Page 14 - The "bouncing universe" theory was not even a theory.
answer - It was a theory, even though it was proven false.

Page 15 - Pulsars send out bursts of energy.
answer - Pulsars send out steady streams of energy.

Page 17 - The planetary orbits are circles.
answer - The planetary orbits are ellipses.

Page 22 - The law of entropy tells us the planets are dead.
answer - Only by sending probes can we know what is happening.

Page 27 - The Earth isn't going to lose her moon.
answer - The Moon is moving 4 cm farther away each year.

Page 28 - Tjeered van Andel is an oceanographer.
answer - His first name is spelled "Tjeerd."

Page 31 - Two parts oxygen with one part hydrogen yields water.
answer - One part oxygen with two parts hydrogen yield water.

Do I really need to continue?
Why don't fundamentalists want to believe science?  Feb 20, 2006
It is very sad that certain groups who proclaim themselves Christians have decided that people are to believe in either God or in science, but one cannot believe both. As a Christian, this book insults my intelligence as it requires me to ignore basic scientific principles and explore and question the nature of things around me. We go to school to learn, to create questions and support our decisions with facts. This book won't allow for critical thinking.
On a more basic level, this book attacks evolution rather than providing an explanation for creationism so at the end of the book the reader "knows" that evolution is supposedly wrong, but doesn't know why creationism is right.
Christians can believe in both evolution and God, the two are not mutually exclusive and this book creates more confusion and questions then it clarifies.

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