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i]The biblical clock[/i] links science and scripture. The aim is to prove that science and scripture do not contradict. Many Scientists believe that the creation of the universe is through the big bang theory, which, appears to contradict with the creation of the universe through Genesis. As a result, Friedmann and Sheldon provide evidence that the big bang theory does not contradict the Bible. In case you have been asking yourself questions like: what is the age of the universe? Look no further because the biblical clock has answers for you.
The biblical clock is divided into three parts where each part is divided into chapters. Part one is titled 'the beginnings and timelines'. Part one has six chapters: beginning from chapter one to chapter six. The beginnings and timelines is not a subtitle by chance but, in this part, Friendmann and Sheldon discuss the age of the universe both scientifically and biblically. They include the details pertaining to the calculations of the age of the universe. Different scholars are utilised as references to back up each suggestion, argument and point. Did God really create the universe making it look older than it really is: just like a pair of jeans in the 21st century? Questions like this will be discussed in this part of the book.
Part two is titled 'the end of days'. As compared to part one, part two has four chapters which begin from chapter seven to chapter ten. Within this four chapters, authors make it clear that, according to the Bible, it is prohibited to calculate the end times. They say, "we can't afford the default date, but we see the pattern". It says to me that, even if we disobeyed and calculated the end times, we can't afford the exact date. After all, the last days are predetermined yet God has the power to haste it. Part two continues to reveal the patterns that indicate the nearness of the end times. These patterns include the final battle, the return of the exiled Jews and the building of the third temple.
Lastly there is part three. Compared to the previous two parts, part three has two chapters. This part of the book is titled 'beyond the timelines'. Part three of the biblical clock is mainly focused on day six of the creation day. The creation of Adam and Eve is discussed in details; from existence until the time when they were chased out of the garden of Eden.
I liked it the most when Friedmann and Sheldon give the readers a choice. Firstly, the authors outline the few possibilities that surround the age of the universe. Then, they let the readers decide on the possibility that agree more with their intuition. That is whether the universe is really 13.8 billion years or it was ready-made making it look older than it really is just like a pair of jeans in the 21st century. The other thing I enjoyed about this book was how well Eve represented the modern woman. Most women in love would probably do the same thing as Eve did driven by the fear of losing their husbands.
Friedmann and Sheldon use a lot of scientific language but they ensure that they break everything down in a simple manner for readers to understand. I recommend this book to audiences whose appetite is on learning about the universe, science and God. There is no doubt that this book is professionally edited as I did not come across any errors and there's nothing I can boldly say that I did not like. For the above reasons, I rate it a perfect 4 out 4
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