Few issues can cause as much controversy within the church as the issue of origins. In Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything (IVP Academic), Gerald Rau surveys the six primary models used to explain the birth of the universe: naturalistic evolution; non-teleological evolution; planned evolution; directed evolution; old earth creation; and young earth creation. Rau demonstrates how each approach draws on much of the same scientific evidence to reach dramatically different conclusions.

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