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Death Before the Fall by Ronald Osborn

Death Before the Fall by Ronald Osborn

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EXCERPT - In this eloquent and provocative "open letter" to evangelicals, Ronald Osborn wrestles with the problem of biblical literalism and the ongoing challenge of animal suffering within an evolutionary understanding of the world. Osborn forces us to ask hard questions, not only of the Bible and church tradition, but also and especially of ourselves.
EXCERPT - In this eloquent and provocative "open letter" to evangelicals, Ronald Osborn wrestles with the problem of biblical literalism and the ongoing challenge of animal suffering within an evolutionary understanding of the world. Osborn forces us to ask hard questions, not only of the Bible and church tradition, but also and especially of ourselves.

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Published by: InterVarsity Press Samples on Jan 06, 2014
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DEATH BEFORE THE FALL 
 
RONALD E. OSBORN
Foreword by John Walton 
Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering 
 
“In his book he auhor invies his readers o share his own proound journey arising ou o melding his ormaive early experience o wildlie in Arica, conemporary evoluionary accouns and creaionis biblical lieralism. In clear, coheren and well-argued narraives he akes apar he assumpions common o scienism and cre-aionism and draws on he Chrisian radiion and biblical sources in order o con-sruc an alernaive. Tis is an inelligenly argued ye pasorally sensiive exploraion o he challenges aced by evoluionary heiss and creaioniss alike,  bu is implicaions go much urher han his. For Osborn succeeds in achieving somehing ha ew auhors manage, namely, a sel-criical bu compassionae and someimes humorous accoun o he difficulies or heiss in coming o erms  wih suffering in he animal world. I deserves o be read and appreciaed no jus in suden courses on God and evoluion, bu more widely rom differen ec-clesial radiions.”
Celia Deane-Drummond,
 proessor o heology, Universiy o Nore Dame
“A beauiully writen book! Ron Osborn wries no wih spie and ire bu wih  wisdom and generosiy o spiri. Where lieralism once ruled as he only way o honor Scripure, here he deeper dimensions o God’s compassion and sabbah res come o ligh. Tis is he firs book I’ve read on he evoluion and creaion debae ha brough ears o my eyes.”
Philip Clayton,
Claremon School o Teology, auhor o
ransorming Chrisian Teology
“Ronald Osborn draws ogeher a variey o sources and addresses key issues in his rich projec. His analysis o lieralism and biblical inerpreaion is sorely needed in many circles oday. And his insighs on animal suffering should prove helpul as  believers wresle wih he cenral issues o God’s grace in a world o boh pleasure and pain, holiness and harrowing abuse.”
Tomas Jay Oord,
 Norhwes Nazarene Universiy, Nampa, Idaho
“As religious communiies sruggle o make sense o heir aih radiions afer Darwin, hey rely on houghul and sensiive seers o lead hem beyond he shallows o lieralism o a deeper encouner wih new scienific discoveries. Ronald Osborns sophisicaed reflecions on lieralism and animal suffering will be helpul o Chrisians o all denominaions who are roubled by he wild ways o evoluion.
 John F. Haught,
 senior research ellow, Woodsock Teological Cener, Georgeown Universiy 
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